A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington.
BCI devices that read minds and act on intentions can change lives for the better. But they could also be put to nefarious use in the not-too-distant future. Now's the time to think about risks.
Captain, we’re being pummeled by cosmic rays!
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The true radiation risk from commercial flying has nothing to do with security scans. A radiation expert explains how much cancer risk the most frequent of flyers take on when they take to the skies.
Women in business can be forced to define themselves in opposition to the attributes associated with men.
LIBOR continues to evoke irritation, frustration and fear – for traders, central bankers and the public.
A new study shows that adding an energy drink to alcohol increases risk-taking among young people – but the effect is imagined rather than real.
There’s been quite a bit of speculation over whether Australia has a property market bubble - where house prices are over-inflated compared to a benchmark - and when it might burst. According to housing…
Will he or won’t he hit the bullseye? Using Bayes’ Theorem, your prediction will be based on how the current match is going - and how he’s played in the past.
The decisions we make in life often come down to Bayes' Theorem, but most of us don't even realise what it is. So how does it work?
How risky is it to swim?
We naturally overestimate the risk of rare events, like shark attacks or terrorism. But there are things you can do to think more rationally about the real risk.
How do we know it’s safe?
Reporting science involves talking about risk, but it must be done carefully. There are also certain words and images that should be avoided whenever possible.
Allowing nursing home residents to come and go as they wish may not be so dangerous after all.
Older people in nursing homes or aged care facilities are often locked up "for their own safety", which new research says isn't usually needed.
Maintenance work on Lock and Dam 8 on the Mississippi River near Genoa, Wisconsin.
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Old and degraded infrastructure costs the United States money and puts lives at risk. A civil engineer describes some innovative ways to measure risks and prioritize repairs.
The right questions and planning can help universities to mitigate risk.
Risk has to do with uncertainty; people struggle to conceptualise and manage that which they're unsure about. This is true in the higher education sector, too.
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The recent film Sully reveals just what pilots are facing in a disaster situation.
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We're more likely to remember a storm with a human face – and will prepare for it.
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.
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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?