To be a great innovator, learn to embrace and thrive in uncertainty

Many great innovators have personality traits in common. Comfort with uncertainty is critical, but passion, curiosity and a number of other learnable skills can prime you for an innovate idea.

Todd Saxton, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Indiana University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: innovation business risk uncertainty invention entrepreneurship disney innovation-and-invention discovery success disruption process-of-innovation

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.

Jennifer Weeks, Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: public-health climate-change risk california-wildfires insurance california wildfires oregon land-use wood-smoke essential-reads washington-state

Coronavirus is hundreds of times more deadly for people over 60 than people under 40

Using random testing, researchers in Indiana were able to calculate death rates by age, race, and sex and found sharp increases in risk of death among older and non-white state residents.

Nir Menachemi, Professor of Health Policy and Management, IUPUI • conversation
Sept. 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: heart-disease health diabetes covid-19 coronavirus risk sars-cov-2 viruses indiana health-risks death-rate risk-of-death

Challenge trials for a coronavirus vaccine are unethical – except for in one unlikely scenario

Challenge trials – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.

Ben Bramble, Visiting Fellow, Princeton University • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ethics risk pandemic philosophy vaccines sars-cov-2 viruses lockdown bioethics essential-workers

Existing evidence suggests face coverings do not lead to false sense of security

Existing limited evidence suggests that wearing face coverings to protect against COVID-19 does not lead to a false sense of security and is unlikely to

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health public-health covid-19 coronavirus risk

Mandatory face masks might lull people into taking more coronavirus risks

Policies meant to improve public health – like mandatory face masks during the coronavirus pandemic – need to take into account how people might adjust other behaviors in response.

Konrad Grabiszewski, Associate Professor of Economics, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business & Entrepreneurship • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus risk risk-taking behavioral-economics face-masks masks health-behaviors behavior mask-wearing

UK public ‘most concerned’ about coronavirus – more than Spain or Italy, study suggests

“Risk perception” among UK population greater than in nine other countries surveyed for latest research.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 6, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  risk  social-psychology

Teens are wired to resent being stuck with parents and cut off from friends during coronavirus lockdown

Together the social and emotional 'jobs' of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.

Catherine Bagwell, Professor of Psychology, Oxford College, Emory University • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: teenagers risk psychology social-distancing risk-taking developmental-psychology adolescents friendship adolescence teens cognitive-skills emotional-skills friends

Americans disagree on how risky the coronavirus is, but most are changing their behavior anyway

Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.

Daniel Bennett, Assistant Professor (Research) of Economics, University of Southern California • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  risk  social-psychology  communication  altruism  surveys  human-behavior

Uncertainty about facts can be reported without damaging public trust in news – study

A series of experiments – including one on the BBC News website –finds the use of numerical ranges in news reports helps us grasp the uncertainty of stats while maintaining trust in data and its sources. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  risk  uncertainty  statistics  journalism

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