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Reflections on emerging technologies, responsible innovation, communication, and risk, from University of Michigan Risk Science Center Director Andrew Maynard.

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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; ...

Could playing sports on artificial turf be bad for your health?
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Most artificial turf these days incorporates rubber granules formed from recycled tires. They make an effective and environmentally friendly playing ...



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Please welcome our new Writer in Residence Utibe Effiong

October 30, 2014

I’m extremely pleased to introduce our new Writer in Residence at the University of Michigan Risk Science Center – Utibe Effiong (UT). UT will be writing about human health risk from a developing economy perspective on his blog Risk Without Borders. UT is a physician from Nigeria who recently completed his Master of Public Health training ...

Google goes all Polio and Public Health

October 28, 2014

If you hadn’t noticed, today’s Google doodle celebrates the 100 year anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birth – Salk pioneered the first successful inactivated virus based vaccine for Polio. As The Guardian reminds us, it’s a good reminder of the power of vaccines.  It’s also a timely reminder of the importance of public ...

BPA and cash register receipts: should you be worried?

October 26, 2014

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 an article published last week in the journal PLOS One gave me ...

Combatting Ebola: Moving beyond the hype

October 24, 2014

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 cases in vulnerable economies continues to grow. While Ebola is unlikely ...

Five things worth knowing about ebola

October 23, 2014

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 is much more mundane. The latest episode of Risk Bites takes ...

Risky tales: Talking with Seth Shostak at Big Picture Science

October 21, 2014

I had a roller coaster of an interview with Seth Shostak (Director of the Center for SETI Research and host of Big Picture Science) last week on risk and black swan events. I was poised to talk about rare but high impact events like a mega-eruption at Yellowstone National Park, or a ...

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