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These scientist-communicators deserve your attention!

On April 22 2017, over a million people marched for science around the world. They came for many reasons — to celebrate science; to soak up the vibe; to protest a growing distain for evidence-based decisions within society; to say they’d been there. But if there was an overarching message, it was this: that science ...

2 mins

Have spacesuit, will travel?

This week, Elon Musk gave the world a sneak-peek of  the new SpaceX space suit on Instagram. I was passingly intrigued when I saw it. But then came the request from Fortune.com to write an article tying in the new suit to the future of space tourism … First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in ...

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Ten reasons why more scientists should be on YouTube

A couple of weeks ago I tweeted ten reasons I think more scientists should be on YouTube. I know it’s hard & takes time, but there are lots of reasons why scientists should enter this #scivid contest! https://t.co/P5HWHKRFxe pic.twitter.com/Fb4x5ANJQ3 — Andrew Maynard (@2020science) July 24, 2017 For anyone who’s been following me for the past ...

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2017 Science Showcase Video Contest

Can researchers make awesome science communication videos? To find out (and, quite honestly, to encourage scientists to show us what they can do!), we’re running a science video competition this year on the YouTube channel Science Showcase. Entries are being accepted to August 31, with a top prize of $2,000 for the video selected by ...

7 mins

Will driving your own car one day be as socially unacceptable as smoking in public?

autonomous vehicle smoking

In 2014, over 32,000 people were killed in car crashes in the U.S. In 2012, more than two million Americans visited the emergency room as a result of car crashes. And an estimated 94 percent of the crashes that cause these injuries and fatalities are attributable to human choice or error. These are sobering statistics. ...

8 mins

Taking on the complex ethics of emerging brain technologies

complex ethics of emerging brain technologies

Imagine infusing thousands of wireless devices into your brain, and using them to both monitor its activity and directly influence its actions. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, and for the moment it still is – but possibly not for long. Brain research is on a roll at the moment. And as it ...

8 mins

Navigating the nanotechnology risk landscape – pointers for early career scientists

Navigating the risk landscape that surrounds nanotechnology development can be a daunting task – especially if you are an early career researcher just getting started in the field.  There are plenty of studies and speculations around what might – or might not – be risky about nanoscale science and engineering.   But surprisingly, there are relatively ...

A fifth grader (and up) introduction to nanotechnology

What is Nanotechnology

The latest video from Risk Bites takes a four minute dive into what nanotechnology is, and why it’s important.  It was created as a primer for 5th graders – which probably means that there’ll be a lot of 5th graders at heart watching it! It also takes a somewhat less than conventional approach to nanotech: The ...

Elon Musk’s new master plan will take more than advanced tech to pull off

Elon Musk's new master plan will take more than advanced tech to pull off

Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla Motors – has just revealed the second part of his master plan for the company. And it’s a doozy. Not content with producing sleek electric cars (which to be fair, was only ever a stepping stone to greater things), Musk wants to fundamentally change how we live our lives. ...

8 mins

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 ...

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