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RISK BITES: Precautionary Principle – is it good or bad?

September 24, 2013

We’ve explored the concept of the precautionary principle before on Risk Sense, but in the latest Risk Bites video Andrew Maynard, director of the U-M Risk Science Center, takes a step back to explain what the precautionary principle is, and the role it plays in innovation. Ask some people, and they’ll tell you the precautionary […]

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Risk Science Center director to participate in WEF New Champions meeting

September 10, 2013

Dr. Andrew Maynard, director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center will be among the 1,500 influential business, government, media, and academic leaders from over 90 countries attending the Annual Meeting of the New Champions hosted by the World Economic Forum. Held from 11-13 September, in Dalian, People’s Republic of China, the meeting themed […]

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New internship opportunity for U-M Environmental Health students

September 9, 2013

The Elarabio Risk Science Center Internship, a new partnership with the University of Michigan, Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Elara Bioscience, will help enhance the educational experience of graduate students. Elara Biosciences is the provider of Elarabio Portal, a comprehensive infrastructure designed to support secure data and document exchange between research organizations and clients, […]

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Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: UM Risk Science Center supports study into potential impacts

September 5, 2013

Partly funded by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, a comprehensive, state-specific study evaluating the potential impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Michigan was released today. The technical reports, prepared during the initial phase of the project, examine seven critical topics related to the use of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: public health, environment and […]

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Experiments in Playful Learning

July 25, 2013

The Internet is the key to an education treasure trove. The ability to connect with learners anytime, anywhere and on anything is a powerful way for education institutions, or anyone who is considered an expert to share knowledge and engage with the public. However, the real power is in the hands of the learner. If […]

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Mark Lynas featured guest at upcoming symposium

July 17, 2013

Author, journalist and environmental activist Mark Lynas will be the featured guest at the 2013 Bernstein Symposium hosted by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. Mark will be presenting a lecture at the free public event ‘Why is it hard to pivot based on science? Managing the tension between personal conviction and scientific evidence” […]

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RISK BITES: Advanced Materials and Risk – An Introduction

July 16, 2013

Do advanced materials, with their unique properties and incredible potential, also lead to unique and unusual risks?  In Part Four of the seven -part Advance Materials series on Risk Bites, Andrew Maynard, Director of Risk Science Center, begins to explore the important issue of advanced material risks. Asking whether advanced materials also come with unique and […]

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RISK BITES: Frontiers in Advanced Materials

July 9, 2013

How are advanced materials changing the world we live in?  Having briefly explored how designing and engineering substances from atoms up are helping scientists create new materials, this week’s Risk Bites video takes a look at how these new materials are transforming what we do and how we do them. In Part 3 of the Advance Materials […]

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RISK BITES: Designer Materials and 20th Century Innovation

July 1, 2013

In part two of the Advanced Materials series on the YouTube channel Risk Bites, Andrew Maynard takes a look at how the discovery of atoms led to us where we are today –  intentionally engineering materials from the atomic level up to turn stuff of sci-fi movies into reality. How did we get to this […]

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Workshop: Assessing the Risk of Innovative Materials

June 28, 2013

A one-day workshop co-organized by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center will address the unique characteristics and properties of innovative materials, and the challenges of ensuring their safe development and use. The Risk Assessment of Innovative Materials Workshop, organized in collaboration with RSC, 3M and the Northland Chapter of the Society of Toxicology, will be […]

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Are Advanced Materials Safe? A new seven-part series of videos on the benefits and risks of novel materials

June 25, 2013

What are advanced materials, and are they safe? Over the next seven weeks, Risk Science Center Director Andrew Maynard will be posting a series of short videos on the Risk Bites YouTube channel that takes a look at our love affair with materials, and the challenges – and opportunities – of ensuring today’s increasingly advanced materials […]

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

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 this issue, you might be able to quickly […]

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Risk Bites now listed on YouTube EDU

June 20, 2013

A couple of weeks ago Risk Bites celebrated its six-month anniversary, not bad we thought. Then, we received some good news yesterday that made us feel like proud parents – Risk Bites has been added to YouTube EDU, a community of hundreds of high quality educations channels. So what does this mean for Risk Bites? […]

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RISK BITES: Making sense of life and death risks using microlives

June 19, 2013

We know that there are some things we do that are better for us than others. Eating five veg and two fruits is certainly better for you than smoking a packet of cigarettes a day. But how do we actually measure the impact of the things we do – or don’t do –  on how […]

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Call for stricter regulation to control smoking

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 American Journal of Public […]

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New in-car infotainment technologies may make driving more dangerous

June 13, 2013

A new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free technology intended to make life easier and safer for motorist is in fact more dangerous that initially thought. Using data from simulations and on-road driving, researchers measured how engaging in different activities while driving affected cognitive distraction – distraction arising […]

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Pledge for holistic approach to chemical innovation

June 11, 2013

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reaffirmed its commitment to safe management of chemicals with the launch of the new Responsible Care Product Safety Code – a set of 11 management practices to promote a holistic approach to safe chemical innovation. The new Product Safety Code is based on industry best practice and has been developed […]

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Is everything a risk when you are pregnant?

June 5, 2013

There is a growing list of pregnancy do’s and don’ts for women to consider. A recent report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK has recommended that women err on the side of caution when it comes to many things that may not have previously been considered risky, from daily use […]

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Clues to solving the nanotechnology puzzle

June 5, 2013

Finding appropriate regulatory solutions to the fast developing science of nanotechnology requires an understanding of the brand, associated languages and their implications, according an article recently published in the Science and Public Policy journal. “There are three distinct languages that frame nanotechnology regulatory discussions”, said Andrew Maynard, Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science […]

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RISK BITES: The risk of feeling dread

June 4, 2013

Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach? It probably meant you were dreading something. But, why is it that we dread some things and not others? In Part Two of Risk and Feelings, Brian and Andrew are back to talk about how we tend to dread things that we […]

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