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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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Combatting Ebola: Beyond the hype
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The low-down on vaping and health

November 19, 2014

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 are the health risks?  Vaping does after all mimic cigarette smoking, and ...

A decade of uncertainty in nanoscale science and engineering

November 18, 2014

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 grey goo? In 2004, the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering ...

A Scientist’s Manifesto

November 16, 2014

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 should try to communicate our work as effectively as possible, because ...

What we need is a Tom Lehrer-style Elements of Risk Song

November 10, 2014

In 1959 Tim Lehrer wrote The Elements song – one of the top songs about sciency things of all time! It was just a list of the then-known elements, sung to the tune of Gilbert and Sullivan’s I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.  Yet it’s inspired millions of people ...

Mapping global risks and opportunities in 2015

November 7, 2014

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 Agenda 2015 – a synthesis of leading expertise from around ...

Join the #RiskBites10k

November 4, 2014

You may have seen from my last post that we’ve set ourselves the goal of increasing the number of subscribers on the Risk Bites YouTube channel to 10,000 by the end of the year. We’ll be posting a bunch of stuff on Twitter over the next few weeks to encourage people to ...

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