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What drives public acceptance of nanotechnology?

By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleWhat drives public acceptance of nanotechnology?
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCurall, Steven C., King Eden B., Lane Neal, Madera Juan, and Turner Stacey
MagazineNature Nanotechnology
Date PublishedDecember 2006
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1748-3387

Study done by Steven C. Currall of the University College London and London Business School and Neil Lane from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Lane and Currall conducted 503 phone interviews with individuals in the United States to example how the public's perception of nanotechnology are being shaped by consumer trends and if this type of awareness will lead to increased support of nanotechnology awareness. The study found that most study participants were neutral on nanotechnology seeing it as less dangerous and more beneficial then other new technologies such as genetically engineered organisms (GMOs), but more risky and less beneficial then technologies such as solar power.