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Synthetic Biology and the "Proactionary Principle"

Andrew Maynard, July 11, 2013

In yesterday's piece on the Guardian's Political Science blog, Steve Fuller - author and professor of social epistemology at the University of Warwick -  questions whether the time has come for policy-makers and scientists to move on from the precautionary principle and adopt a proactionary prin...

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Which "Precautionary Principle" are you talking about?

Andrew Maynard, July 10, 2013

This week on the Political Science blog hosted by the Guardian newspaper, a number of leading thinkers are presenting different perspectives on the Precautionary Principle.  The perspectives are wide-ranging and often provocative - but they do serve to stimulate an important public dialog on an oft...

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Questions of Environmental Health and Justice Growing with the Petcoke Piles in Detroit

Ishani Hewage, June 24, 2013

By Allyson Green - Cross-posted from the Scientific American Guest Blog Before you read this blog, navigate to your favorite search engine, type in “Detroit petroleum coke,” and peruse the results for a moment (don’t forget to come back and keep reading).   If you’re new to...

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Call for stricter regulation to control smoking

Ishani Hewage, June 14, 2013

With an annual global death toll of more than 5 million, tobacco is one of the few legal consumer products that lead to death when used as intended by the manufacturer. Without appropriate regulatory intervention this figure is expected to reach 8 million by 2030. In an article published in the A...

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RISK BITES: Why should scientists listen to people who aren't scientists?

Ishani Hewage, May 20, 2013

Risk Bites is back for another week! In this week’s episode Andrew Maynard talks about the challenges and importance of scientists listening to members of the public as they plan and conduct their research. Listening to people who aren't experts can be difficult - especially when they do...

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