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Hacking health, maker movement and public health
Hacking the world, public health style

What has the Maker Movement got to do with public health? Quite a lot as it turns out, as I explore in the latest Risk Bites video.  This in turn was inspired by being invited to talk at the inaugural We ...

Brian Zikmund-Fisher talk's to NPRs Robert Siegel about risk and feelings
When risk gets personal

When you’re facing a life or death situation, what do the odds mean – to you personally?  As Brian Zikmund-Fisher from the University of Michigan School of Public Health pointed out to Robert Siegel on NPR yesterday, “We’re never 95 percent ...

Laboratory safety
The gathering storm of lab safety

Pathogen safety in federal labs Over the past few weeks, revelations of potentially dangerous errors in US federal labs handling pathogens have placed health and safety high on the national agenda.  In June, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced ...

Vantablack Feature
How safe is the world’s darkest material?

Vantablack - the new black? Over the past few days, the interweb’s been awash with virtual “oohs” and “ahs” over Surrey Nanosystems’ carbon nanotube-based Vantablack coating.  The material – which absorbs over 99.9% of light falling onto it and is claimed ...


Nanoparticles in dunkin' donuts - are they a problem?
Nanoparticles in Dunkin’ Donuts? Do the math!

Nanoparticles in food products Over the past couple of years a number of articles have been posted claiming that we’re eating more food products containing nanoparticles than we know (remember this piece from a couple of weeks ago?).  One of the latest ...

Drinkable nanojuice potentially allows unprecedented real-time imaging of the small intestine
Nanojuice for GI tract imaging – is it safe?

Nanojuice: drinkable nanoparticles for studying the gut Over the past few days, my news and social media streams have been inundated by articles on “nanojuice”.  The “juice” – developed by researchers at the University of Buffalo and published in the ...

Do we need a better definition for synthetic biology?
Do we need a better definition for synthetic biology?

Jim Thomas of the ETC Group has just posted a well reasoned article on the Guardian website  on the challenges of defining the the emerging technology of “synthetic biology”.  The article is the latest in a series of exchanges addressing the potential risks ...

Can sunscreen increase your risk of dying?
Can using sunscreen increase your risk of dying?

Sunscreen (non)sense A recent comment on the Risk Science Center Facebook page asked whether we could help make sense of this article, posted on the website realfarmacy.com a few days ago: Scientists Blow The Lid on Cancer & Sunscreen Myth, ...


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Nanotechnology for a sustainable future, new book offers insights

Nanotechnology offers solutions to pressing global issues, but they also have the potential to lead to unexpected risks and unintended consequences. A newly released book, Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risk, Regulation and Management, offers insights into how these new ...

lead paint
Lead abatement, a wise economic and public health investment

Childhood lead exposure costs Michigan residents an estimated $330 million annually, and a statewide remediation program to eliminate the source of most lead poisoning would pay for itself in three years, according a report issued today. “Economic Impacts of Lead ...

Titanium Dioxide in Food Products
Lost in Nano-Translation: Titanium Dioxide in Food Products

Recently the American publication Mother Jones published an article on the dangers of food laced with tiny metal oxide particles. The article, however, is laced with errors and misinformation. The source material for the article came from a report by ...

geoengineering
Opinion: Geoengineering and Human Health

Climate change is closely associated with adverse human health impacts(1). Amongst the raft of options to reduce current and projected impacts is massive scale environmental engineering to reduce the rate of global warming – often referred to as geoengineering. The potential health ...


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Exploring the link between heavy metals, noise and hearing loss

Much of the estimated 50 million tons of discarded electronic waste (e-waste) from around the world ends up at informal, poorly-regulated dumping sites in low income nations, such as Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana – the largest e-waste site in the ...

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Hands-on activities explore responsible use of nanotech

How do you save the world from nanobot domination? This is not a question that many teenagers would spend their weekends pondering. But, the world at one-billionth of a meter was exactly what a group of teenagers had in mind ...

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U-M Risk Science Center part of new food ingredient safety research

The University of Michigan Risk Science Center at the School of Public Health is part of a new food ingredient safety academic institution established in partnership with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Michigan State University.  The Center for Research on ...

ECIS
RSC faculty part of world-first study into causes of serious road trauma

The University of Michigan Risk Science Center faculty Diana Bowman and Ray Bingham are part of an international team of scientific advisors to a world-first study into the causes of serious road trauma. The Enhanced Crash Investigation Study (ECIS), launched ...