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The Lima Accord on Climate Change - A New Hope for Health?
The Lima Accord on Climate Change – A New Hope for Health?

Two days ago the Washington Post summarized the outcome of the recent Climate Change Conference held in the Peruvian capital ...

Five things worth knowing about concussion and contact sports
Five things worth knowing about concussion and contact sports – video

The health impacts of concussions suffered while playing sports have been receiving increased attention in recent years.  According to the ...

The health risks of mobile phones – an African perspective. By Mpande
The health risks of mobile phones – an African perspective

A few days ago the Nigerian government published a press release refuting statements alleging that the use of mobile phones ...

Could we one day 3D print an artificial mind?
Is 3D printing an artificial brain plausible? And what are the risks?

Could we one day 3D print Arnold Schwarzenegger’s brain?  Before you ask, yes, this is a post about risk.  And ...


Andrew Maynard, science communication
Risk Science Center director recognized for public communication excellence

We are thrilled to announce that the Society of Toxicology (SOT) has honored Professor Andrew Maynard, Director of the University of Michigan ...

Academic press releases exaggerate research
Researchers should take more responsibility for exaggeration in press releases

According to a new paper in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), exaggerated claims in health-related news stories — including advice that isn’t ...

Electricity power lines and health
Power Lines, Electricity and Health

In last week’s Retro Report, the New York Times examined the reasons why American suspicion of electrical power lines continues to ...

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Skin color and health: it’s not about race?

In a recent publication, Science magazine quotes biological anthropologist Nina Jablonski as saying “Skin color is not about race”. She made ...


BPA-free Label on water bottle
Has anyone heard of BPA?

While writing a recent article on BPA-free labeling, I happened to mention the topic of bisphenol-A to a couple of smart ...

Study shows BPA-free labels may increase risky behavior
New study shows “BPA-free” labels may increase risky behavior

Products with the label “BPA-free” have become ubiquitous on store shelves in recent years.  It’s a trend that has been driven ...

What that BPA-free label isn’t telling you
What that ‘BPA-free’ label isn’t telling you

By Brian Zikmund-Fisher, University of Michigan and Laura Scherer, University of Missouri Purchase a plastic water bottle, and there’s a ...

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 ...


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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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...


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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...


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 ...

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; ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Engaged scientists on twitter
(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 ...




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