Three ways synthetic biology could annihilate Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases

Three ways advanced genetic engineering could help address Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases

In just a few short weeks, Zika has shot from being an obscure infection to a headline-hitting public health disaster. The virus is spreading rapidly across the Americas (and potentially beyond), is suspected of being associated with birth defects that affect brain development and currently has no specific vaccine or treatment. Understandably, scientists are scrambling ... (Click to read more)


Can citizen science empower disenfranchised communities
 

Can citizen science empower disenfranchised communities?

Early in 2015, a group calling itself the Nappy Science Gang hit the parenting scene in the U.K. It was ... (Click to read more)

Technology innovation and life in the 21st century Views from Civil Society
 

Technology innovation and life in the 21st century: Views from Civil Society

In 2009, I commissioned ten guest articles on technology innovation from people working for, associated with or generally reflecting the views of Civil ... (Click to read more)



What will it take to master the fourth industrial revolution
What will it take to master the fourth industrial revolution?

In April 2000, Bill Joy famously wrote in Wired Magazine: Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and ...

What if we approach risk like entrepreneurs approach innovation
What if we approached risk like entrepreneurs approach innovation?

If you’ve been following this month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), you’ll know with absolute certainty that the future is cool, ...

Steampunk smart pill
Five steampunk technology trends to watch for in 2016

It’s that time of year again when technology pundits peer into their crystal balls, and predict the hottest tech trends ...

ASU Refugee Education Fund
New Fund to help refugees complete their education – please give generously

The School for the Future of Innovation in Society aa Arizona State University (ASU) has created a new fund to ...


If Elon Musk is a Luddite, count me in
If Elon Musk is a Luddite, count me in!

On December 21, the company SpaceX made history by successfully launching a rocket and returning it to a safe landing ...

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Hoverboards and health: how good for you is this year’s hottest trend?

Walking across campus to my office each morning this semester, I’ve found it hard to ignore the growing number of ...

Cancer - Countering the bad luck hypothesis
Cancer: Countering the “bad luck” hypothesis

A new study has just been published in the journal Nature that calls the so-called "bad luck hypothesis"of cancer formation ...

Are vegetarian diets really more harmful to the environment
Are vegetarian diets really more harmful to the environment?

Carnegie Mellon University had an eye-catching headline on its news feed this morning: Eat More Bacon. It was based ...


the real risk from consumer drones this holiday season
What’s the real risk from consumer drones this holiday season?

This holiday season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is estimating that over one million small “Unmanned Aerial Systems” (sUAS’s) – ...

Gene Drives
Making sense of gene drives and gene editing

Gene editing and gene drives are rapidly emerging as the disruptive technologies du jour.  But what are they, what can ...

Rethinking Twitter
Rethinking Twitter

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a bit of a vacation from Twitter.  I wanted some time to chew over ...

Are you breathing carbon nanotubes and should you be worried
Are you breathing carbon nanotubes, and should you be worried?

For over two decades, carbon nanotubes have been attracting attention.  First, they were seen as a super-strong, super-conductive new form ...


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Why do people read science blogs?

Why do people read science blogs? Surprisingly, we don’t have a good answer to this.  There’s a vibrant online community of people ...

New-report-on-sustainable-hydraulic-fracking
New report on sustainable hydraulic fracking

Back in 2011 – while I was Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center – I was part of ...

Microbeads the science behind the risk
Microbeads: The science behind the risk

There’s a new viewpoint article in the Journal Environmental Science and Technology that calls for a ban on the use ...

Reporters- don't do this to scientists
Reporters: Don’t do this to scientists

Update 9:47  PM Sept 17.  It turns out that the reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald didn’t receive the three emails ...


For tech innovation to succeed, we need parallel innovation in how we think about risk
For tech innovation to succeed, we need parallel innovation in how we think about risk

In October 2014, Google announced it was working on an innovative nanotechnology-based approach to avoiding and managing disease. The idea ...

Facebook: An effective platform for science communication ?
Facebook: an effective platform for science communication?

Is Facebook an effective platform for science communication? If you’re interested in reach, and engaging content, a quick look at ...

Thank You Postcard Underground
Small Acts of Kindness – Thank You Postcard Underground!

In this age of public outrage and social media shaming, small acts of private kindness sometimes don’t seem to count for ...

Can public engagement stunt academic careers
Can public engagement stunt academic careers?

As an academic, I take public engagement seriously.  I see it as a responsibility that comes with the societally-sanctioned license ...


Characterizing nanoparticles in the 1880s
Characterizing nanoparticles in the 1880’s

On May 29th, there were 52,000 nanoparticles per cubic centimeter of air measured at the top of the Eiffel Tower. ...

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Politics don’t always play a role in attitudes toward science issues

Comments provided for GENeS on the launch of the Pew Research Center attitudes survey on Americans, Politics and Science Issues ...

A call to proactively support Women in Science
A call to proactively support Women in Science

The past few decades have seen a substantial and positive shift in attitudes towards women in science and engineering.  And yet, ...

Should indoor tanning be banned?
Should indoor tanning be banned?

Just how dangerous is indoor tanning? A couple of weeks ago, colleagues from the University of Michigan published an ...



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