Nano & Society Posters

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The "Nano & Society" poster series provide an entry point for exploring the relationship between nanotechnology and society. They can be displayed on their own, used to spark an open-ended conversation, or paired with suggested activities.
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Big Idea

Nanotechnology is relevant to everyone’s lives, and has important societal and ethical implications.

Learning Goals

Nanoscience and nanotechnology lead to new applications.

Like any technology, nanotechnology has risks and benefits.

Because nanotechnology has new applications, including innovative applications for known materials, we need to evaluate and reevaluate risks and benefits carefully.

It is important for scientists, engineers, government officials, and citizens to carefully assess the risks related to nanotechnology, and to implement safeguards protecting the environment, people who work with these technologies, and people in the broader community.

Values shape technologies.

Technologies affect social relationships.

Technologies work because they're part of systems.

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Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.


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Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.


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