In 2018 scientists of the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control tested a new way to suppress mosquito populations carrying the Zika virus.
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Release of GM mosquitoes in Florida is imminent. But a multidisciplinary team of scientists believe that more studies are needed first. They encourage a publicly accessible registry for GM organisms.
A black swan event must meet three criteria: it must be an outlier, must have a major impact and must be declared predictable in hindsight.
The danger of treating COVID-19 as an astronomically rare and improbable event is that we will treat it as such and fail to prepare for the next pandemic. And there will be another pandemic.
The Trump administration was not alone with its slow response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Human beings have difficulty assessing distant threats.
The Royal New Zealand Navy during a recovery operation on Whakaari/White Island, on December 13. Rescue and recovery efforts have been hampered by hazardous conditions on the island, and the danger of another eruption.
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The tragedy at Whakaari/White Island highlights the need for consent forms to ensure tourists are fully informed when choosing to visit dangerous locations.
The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other place in the world. Warehousing people in prison is costly and unsustainable.
Putting more people in prison is not the answer to reducing crime. New fair and bias free assessment tools may help.
A risk analysis could offer insight into the anti-vaccination decision of some parents.
An economics risk analysis offers some insight into the modern anti-vaxx movement.
Katla last erupted in 1918 – but there is no evidence to suggest that it will erupt again soon.
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We can't say that Katla in Iceland is 'due' to erupt, no matter what you have read.
People are bad at weighing risk, which is why so many Americans don’t get flu shots.
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People have to make countless decisions on a daily basis that involve some degree of risk, from boarding a plane to crossing the street. The trouble is most of us don't weigh risk well.
Search and rescue personnel scan a home in the aftermath of a mudslide, Jan. 13, 2018, in Montecito, California.
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In response to mudslides that have killed at least 20 people in Southern California, a geologist calls for more resources to study and map landslide hazards so residents can understand the risks.
Is this the endgame for any geoengineering scenario?
A disaster fantasy raises questions about tinkering with Earth's climate. With real-life scientists exploring geoengineering, what conversations should we be having now around these technologies?
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.
Huge swathes of Tasmania have burned this year.
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A comprehensive analysis of Tasmania's natural disaster risks has identified bushfire as the biggest threat, alongside emerging issues such as disease epidemics and heatwaves.
‘So let’s bring this Death Star risk analysis meeting to order. Darth Vader has the chair.’
The Empire didn't see X-wings firing proton torpedos into an exhaust port as a problem. Perhaps they'd have benefited from better systems analysis.
Women in many developing countries find it difficult to open a bank account.
If women in developing countries are to enjoy the benefits of access to banking, it's time for a rethink on how they are assessed for risk.
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.
This sign might actually be appealing to treasure hunters in the distant future.
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Our natural difficulties in thinking about the future, low probabilities and considering risk make many of our views about nuclear power problematic.
“It says here that cats cause cancer…”
I once told a journalist that “the very fact that a piece of health research appears in the newspapers indicates that it is nonsense”. That may be too harsh, so I would like to suggest a slightly more…
Unnecessary anxiety is a media health risk.
When new health threats emerge, the media is often accused of hyping up the risk to the public. But we tend to believe that health experts provide rational, independent viewpoints on the real risks posed…
The predictive tool might help women make decisions about changing their lifestyle.
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Researchers in the United States have developed a new model to predict women’s risk of developing breast, uterine and ovarian cancer, based on individual lifestyle factors. These three cancers make up…