Risk Innovation Lab Fellow Michael Bennett was recently interviewed by ASU Now on the potential impacts of US withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership
Read the full article here: https://asunow.asu.edu/20170124-asu-professor-says-tpp-would-have-been-check-chinas-rise
Risk Innovation Lab director Andrew Maynard has just published an article on The Conversation exploring the challenges of communicating science effectively, to coincide with a new National Academies of Science report on science communication:
What does research say about how to effectively communicate about science?
Andrew served on the NAS committee that compiled the just released report:
Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda
National Academies of Science (2016)
There’s a new “Edge of Innovation” column up on the responsible development of emerging brain technologies, over at The Conversation:
Considering ethics now before radically new brain technologies get away from us
The Conversation, Sept 14 2016
Link to article
Imagine infusing thousands of wireless devices into your brain, and using them to both monitor its activity and directly influence its actions. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, and for the moment it still is – but possibly not for long.
Brain research is on a roll at the moment. And as it converges with advances in science and technology more broadly, it’s transforming what we are likely to be able to achieve in the near future.
Spurring the field on is the promise of more effective treatments for debilitating neurological and psychological disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and depression. But new brain technologies will increasingly have the potential to alter how someone thinks, feels, behaves and even perceives themselves and others around them – and not necessarily in ways that are within their control or with their consent.
This is where things begin to get ethically uncomfortable.
Read more at The Conversation
Andrew Maynard has a new article in Nature Nanotechnology on using the internet to provide casual learners with science education resources, as part of his regular Responsible Nanotechnology slot:
Is nanotech failing casual learners?
Andrew D. Maynard
Nature Nanotechnology 11, 734–735 (2016) doi:10.1038/nnano.2016.167
(Link to article)
… there are indications that increasing numbers of casual learners are turning to online educational resources. As of February 2014, the Khan Academy — a ground-breaking initiative in user-directed learning — was attracting around 10 million unique users per month. And at the time of writing, the TED Talks YouTube channel had received over half a billion views, and the educational YouTube channel Crash Course had received nearly as many (as well as having over 4.5 million subscribers).
These numbers are impressive, and they suggest that large numbers of casual learners are actively seeking out online educational material. Yet none of the websites above have substantial nanotechnology content.
Read more at Nature Nanotechnology
Keri Szejda has a new post on the CRIS Bits blog on FDA’s recent ruling on antibacterial soaps – read more here.
CRIS Bits is part of the RIL project on Ingredient Safety
Keri Szejda and Diana Bowman have a new article on CRISBits.org on Zika, insecticides, and risks to pregnant women and their unborn children.
From the article:
Avoid travel to outbreak areas. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Mosquito proof your home. Use insect repellant. Avoid sex or use condoms.
To many, these oft-repeated United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for preventing Zika may just seem like common sense. But to pregnant women—who have more at stake as the mosquito-borne virus spreads, and also face a myriad of pressures about what to do and what not to do while expecting—the measures may not seem so feasible to follow, in every case, and every time.
Read more at:
Better Safe Than Sorry: Insect Repellents in the Age of Zika
keri Szejda and Diana Bowman
Andrew Maynard has a new article on Slate/Future Tense on NIH plans to oversee chimera research, and the need for better mechanisms for public engagement over research funding decisions:
What Do You Think About Scientists Creating Human-Nonhuman Hybrids?
Slate, August 11 2016
There have been a couple of articles posted on the Edge of Innovation column over the past several weeks that are worth checking out:
How risky are the World Economic Forum’s top 10 emerging technologies for 2016?
It’ll take more than tech for Elon Musk to pull off audacious new Tesla master plan
You can read more on Edge of Innovation here.
Elizabeth Garbee and Andrew Maynard have a new piece in The Conversation on CubeSats and responsible innovation:
The future of personal satellite technology is here – are we ready for it
Keri Szejda has a new piece in The Conversation on arsenic in rice cereal:
Worried about arsenic in your baby’s rice cereal? There are other foods that can provide essential iron