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The low-down on vaping and health
The low-down on vaping and health

Vaping has come of age it seems – at least according to the Oxford Dictionaries.  The word “vape”, which is synonymous with electronic cigarette use, has been selected as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014. So what is vaping, and what ...

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A decade of uncertainty in nanoscale science and engineering

First published in Nature Nanotechnology, 5 March 2014.  Nature Nanotechnology 9, 159–160 (2014) doi:10.1038/nnano.2014.43 Ten years after the publication of an influential report on the uncertainties in nanoscale science and engineering, are we in danger of creating a new metaphorical ...

A Scientist's Manifesto
A Scientist’s Manifesto

Four years ago I posted Professor Robert Winston’s “Scientist’s Manifesto” on 2020 Science.  Having just gone back and read this, it still resonate deeply with me – so I’m reposting it in the hope that it will also resonate with others: 1.  We ...

Risk Bites Ten Thousand! (Or, The Bravery of Academic Discourse On Youtube)

I LOVE RISK BITES!!! Ok, there you have it. I confess. Here is part of why I like them so much. You see, I don’t just love Risk Bites. I love a LOT of Youtube science education channels. But of ...


Mapping global risks and opportunities in 2015
Mapping global risks and opportunities in 2015

Over the next few days, I’ll be joining experts from around the world to address emerging global trends and challenges at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda.  Framing our discussions will be the just-released Outlook on the Global ...

Risk Bites" Five awesome reasons to subscribe #RiskBites10k
Risk Bites: Five awesome reasons to subscribe

Between now and the end of the year, we’re aiming to reach 10,000 subscribers on the Risk Bites YouTube channel, and we need your help.  To find out how, click here or check out the #RiskBites10k hashtag on Twitter  Otherwise, keep ...

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Framing Emerging Technologies

How do we chart a path forward toward the effective and responsible development and use of new technologies?  For the next two years, the World Economic Forum Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies will be tackling this and other questions as it ...

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What’s in a name?

Many good stories do not begin well. Mine didn’t. I was born in the urban slums of Lagos, Nigeria. As if it was not bad enough to be poor, I was also sickly. Some of my earliest memories include those ...


BPA and cash register receipts: should you be worried?
BPA and cash register receipts: should you be worried?

I’m a bit of a cash register receipt junkie.  I obsessively stuff my wallet with those little slips of thermal paper telling me how much I’ve spent.  And it has to be paper – none of this e-receipt nonsense.  But ...

Combatting Ebola: Beyond the hype
Combatting Ebola: Moving beyond the hype

As of October 19, over 9,000 cases of Ebola had been reported, with close to 5,000 deaths, almost exclusively in West Africa.  And while there have been success stories such as the elimination of Ebola infections from Nigeria and Senegal, the numbers of ...

Five things worth knowing about ebola
Five things worth knowing about ebola

There’s something rather human about being scared of the ebola virus.  It’s a “bogeyman” virus – the stuff of nightmares; hovering in the shadows of our imagination like a half-glimpsed specter.  Like most imagined horrors though, the reality of ebola ...

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Awash in pink, but breast cancer awareness isn’t a cure

This month, we are inundated with pink. By wearing pink ribbons, purchasing pink products, and participating in walks and other collective activities, citizens try to raise awareness of the scourge of breast cancer, with the eventual goal of curing the ...


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On Ebola and the Challenge of Quarantine

News that a second health care worker has been infected with Ebola here in the United States raises serious questions about the preparedness of health systems all over the world to deal with the reality of this global health threat. ...

Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your health?
Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your health?

Most artificial turf these days incorporates rubber granules formed from recycled tires. They make an effective and environmentally friendly playing surface. But can the substances they contain also be bad for the health of players? A major report from NBC News ...

When do we quarantine or isolate for ebola
When Do We Quarantine or Isolate for Ebola?

University of Michigan School of Public Health experts discuss the meaning of quarantine and isolation, and explain when such actions are appropriate to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola.   More information on ebola and public health: University ...

why don't we have an ebola vaccine?
Why don’t we have an ebola vaccine?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers explain why there is no vaccine for Ebola and whether one is likely in the future.   More information on ebola and public health: University of Michigan School of Public Health Ebola ...


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(Some of the) most engaged research scientists on Twitter

Science Magazine has just released an update of it’s list of Twitter’s most popular researchers – now expanded to “100 of the most followed scientists on the social media platform”.  Having played around with the data, here’s an alternative listing, ...

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Nano silver and ebola: Show us the data, or remove claims (FDA)

On September 23, the Food and Drug Administration sent Rima Laibow and Ralph Fucetola at the Natural Solutions Foundation a warning letter claiming that their allegedly nano (colloidal) silver based “Dr. Rima Recommends™ The Silver Solution” product violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic ...

Could ebola become more dangerous - insights from the Universioty of Michigan School of Public Health
Could ebola become more dangerous?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers explain how the Ebola virus mutates, and what those mutations could mean for people who become infected by the virus.   More information on ebola and public health: University of Michigan School ...

Why is the current ebola outbreak so severe? Insights from the University of Michigan School of Public Health
Why is the current ebola outbreak so severe?

University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers discuss why the current ebola outbreak is the most severe on record.   More information on ebola and public health: University of Michigan School of Public Health Ebola topics page.  




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