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.
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.