Genomes can reveal a lot about disease risk. But people need to think carefully about what they want to know.
This man needs to trust you before listening to your public health message. No wonder bombarding him with facts doesn’t always work.
Reassuring people "not to worry" about public health issues like vaccination or fluoridated water doesn't work. Nor does telling people "don't panic". So, what does?
Globally the frequency of natural disasters has more than doubled over the past 35 years.
CGIAR/Challenge food and water programme
Wetlands management is vital but sweeping statements about their universal value may do more harm than good.
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers.
Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.
There’s a reason why some people don’t want to listen. Know that and you might stand a better chance of getting your point across.
What gets in the way of a productive conversation about risk communication? Being a normal human, that's what.
Risky roulette or a safer option? Your brain gives you clues about how you behave with money.
Why are some people more comfortable than others with making risky financial decisions?
What does it really mean to say we have a one-in-1,000 risk?
Often there is tendency to overreact to risk estimates, so it's worth unpacking what these really mean.
Eskom power lines. South Africa’s power utility may be in a much weaker financial position than generally appreciated.
A closer look into the latest financial numbers of South Africa's state power utility, Eskom, suggest that it may be in a more vulnerable position than appreciated.
Worth the risk?
Why research into male contraception keeps hitting the buffers.
Australian company directors need to be aware of climate risks in their decision-making.
Company directors who ignore or don't properly asses climate related risks could be found liable for breaching their duty of care.
Companies have been caught off guard by campaigns to divest from fossil fuels.
Most businesses construct climate risk solely through the lens of profitability and market opportunity.
The Australian Prudential Regulation should be put up for a capability review.
Just when we all thought that the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) had already won the race to be most ineffective regulator of the year, up pops the Australian Prudential Regulation…
The RBA noted the forecast large increases in supply in some inner-city apartment markets as a concerning risk.
There are still a number of factors pointing to the risk in Australia's housing market that the Reserve Bank hasn't noted in its latest risk analysis.
A bit of prosciutto as part of a well-balanced diet is not going to do you much harm.
Is the rise of big data and the use of algorithms by businesses to blame for modern society's ills?
Now’s the time to think about what we’re getting into with neurotechnologies.
Brain image via www.shutterstock.com.
How will neurotech evolve? An NAS workshop this week focuses on social and ethical opportunities and challenges we face both now and down the road.
Increased requirements from APRA could have been a good thing for Australia’s big four banks.
Australia's big four banks are managing risk well, this could be contributing to their strong performance.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Our growing dependency on satellites for all forms of communication has made the problem of space weather even more acute.
He’s certainly thinking big….
Norsk Telegrambyra AS/Reuters
The technological goals are lofty. But fitting the new tech into the social and political landscape might pose the bigger challenge.
Activists protest the criminalisation of sex work outside the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
International AIDS Society/Abhi Indrarajan
Mobility is not only a risk factor for HIV – it is also a structural determinant in how HIV responses are designed and implemented.