How risky are the World Economic Forum’s top 10 emerging technologies for 2016

How risky are the World Economic Forum’s top 10 emerging technologies for 2016?

Take an advanced technology. Add a twist of fantasy. Stir well, and watch the action unfold. It’s the perfect recipe for a Hollywood tech-disaster blockbuster. And clichéd as it is, it’s the scenario that we too often imagine for emerging technologies. Think superintelligent machines, lab-bred humans, the ability to redesign whole species – you get ... (Click to read more)


Science communication guiding principles
 

Guiding “questions” for science communication – personal reflections

A few days ago, I was asked to articulate my “rules” for effective science communication. I don’t actually have a ... (Click to read more)

Single walled carbon nanotubes
 

What’s the latest on carbon nanotube safety?

Just a few years ago, carbon nanotubes were front and center of discussions around the safety of engineered nanomaterials.  These ... (Click to read more)



How to give the perfect scientific presentation
How to give the perfect scientific presentation

Too often, it seems, the mark of a “good” scientist is the ability to give an excruciatingly embarrassing and incomprehensible ...

Nanoparticles in baby formula
Nanoparticles in baby formula: should parents be worried?

There’s a lot of stuff you’d expect to find in baby formula: proteins, carbs, vitamins, essential minerals. But parents probably ...

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With carbon nanotubes in the news again, where’s the public interest in possible risks?

Back in 2008, carbon nanotubes – exceptionally fine tubes made up of carbon atoms – were making headlines. A new ...

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Peanut allergy – what does the LEAP study tell us?

Peanut allergy continues to increase, and affects an estimated 1% – 3% of the population in Western countries.  Yet we’re still not ...


Want to uniquely inspire kids about science
Want to inspire kids about science? Read on …

Between April 25 – May 6, I’m A Scientist USA will once again be pitting some of the country’s smartest young ...

Public universities must do more
Public universities must do more: the public needs our help and expertise

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has been in the national headlines for months, culminating in its central role at ...

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. ...

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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...



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