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.
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.
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.
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.
Maths! It can turn poor darts players into slightly better ones.
Voicing concerns isn’t the same as smashing the latest technology.
We've missed plenty of early warnings about past scientific breakthroughs. Is it neo-Luddite to proceed with caution as an innovator?
Yay, a holiday drone! What could possibly go wrong?
New FAA guidelines call for consumers to register drones over a certain weight. As more and more drones take to the skies, we'll see how amateur use influences the development of UAS technologies.
Managing the risks of industry-researcher collaboration: Coca-Cola got caught for funding scientists who shifted blame for obesity away from bad diets.
The innovation report fails to mention the risk of bias for researchers collaborating with industry. We must ensure that researchers maintain their independence.
We accept the risks of flooding because the costs of making our towns and cities flood-proof are too high.
It’s a fracking protest!
Our gut reactions to controversial issues like hydraulic fracturing can be powerful, but information can still change our minds.
Whose hand is on the card?
The end-of-year shopping whirlwind is underway. How does your credit card issuer watch out for fraudulent purchases on your account amid all those transactions?
Obama made a trip to Alaska to steer the national conversation to the effects of climate change.
Obama's trips to vastly different areas – New Orleans and Alaska – laid bare the rising costs of adapting to climate change, now and in the future.
Could media reports of natural disasters reduce people’s risk perception?
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Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
Seeing behind the headlines on executive pay.
It is too easy to blame naked greed for rising CEO pay. New research signals that bosses are being compensated for the risk of the chop.
Risk and reward: gambling skills applied to rugby.
England face a high stakes game to stay in the World Cup, but pro-gamblers can help
Substances, such as these carbon nanotubes, can behave differently at the nano-scale, and may post a health risk.
We need to carefully assess nanomaterials to ensure their safety, but there are questions over whether the existing practice of risk assessment is up to the task.