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….
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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.
Finding a balance.
Weighing up the costs and benefits in a dangerous world.
Welcome to the future….
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A list of 10 new technologies poised to transform our lives provides a chance to think about any related risks sooner than later. Reconceptualizing "value" changes what responsible development means.
But always gamble responsibly...
Eventing is a sport enjoyed by many Australians, but what are the risks?
How dangerous really is horse riding and sports like eventing? While there are risks, they can be managed, especially if we learn to understand horses better.
Could this become a regular occurance?
Cities' metros and subways are threatened by rising flood risks but innovative engineering could protect them.
Vantablack is the darkest pigment ever – thanks to carbon nanotubes.
Two very similar new carbon nanotube products, released eight years apart, provoked very different reactions. What's changed about the way we consider nanotechnology risks and benefits?
Shattered windows after multiple explosions at a Brussels airport in Zaventem.
The deadly terror attack in Brussels raises the issue of safety and security at airports. But this is more about our approach to risk in any areas where people are known to gather.
Before and after the Oso landslide in 2014.
Landslide researchers continue to learn more about how and where these events occur. It's trickier to figure out how to minimize potential damage to human communities from future landslides.
What makes gifted kids from advantaged families get ahead?
America's low-income but high-achieving kids fail to find the necessary resources, and consequently fall behind. This has huge implications for innovation as well as the GDP.
Elementary school students about 13 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant walk past a geiger counter in 2012.
Remediation will never get radiation to zero in the area affected by the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Rather than safety, the conversation should focus on acceptable risk.
Relative risk is your risk compared to that of someone else.
Relative risk is the risk one group of people has of developing a cancer compared to the risk of another group.
Smoking, excessive drinking, not exercising or eating unhealthy foods leads to lifestyle diseases.
Doctors in South Africa have not been doing enough counselling of people who drink, smoke, don't exercise and eat badly on ways to change their lifestyles.
Sorting pupae of genetically modified mosquitoes before release to the wild.
Insecticides and mosquito nets only get you so far. Synthetic biologists are ready to take the battle against mosquito-borne disease to the level of DNA – which might spell the insects’ ultimate doom.
Short sighted: business leaders need to take the long view of tackling risk at Davos.
Food and water crises, energy price shocks and extreme weather are all problems for business – it's time companies did more to tackle them
Social media can benefit or harm universities – and it must be carefully managed.
Research suggests that universities in South Africa haven't paid much attention to the potential harm that social media could cause - and the benefits it could create.
Digital and physical worlds are predicted to become inseparable in the fourth industrial revolution.
After steam, electricity and computers come cyber-physical systems: the fourth industrial revolution. A new book by the World Economic Forum's founder foresees a rosy future – but that'll take work.
Do potential downsides get short shrift in the rush for innovation?
Taking a page from the innovators' handbook could provide a different and better way to think about the risks that come along with – and sometimes stem from – new technologies.