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.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: innovation business risk uncertainty invention entrepreneurship disney innovation-and-invention discovery success disruption process-of-innovation
How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.
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
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.
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 – purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus – could speed up the development of a vaccine. But there are serious ethical concerns with this approach.
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ethics risk pandemic philosophy vaccines sars-cov-2 viruses lockdown bioethics essential-workers
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.
July 20, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus risk risk-taking behavioral-economics face-masks masks health-behaviors behavior mask-wearing
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.
April 22, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: teenagers risk psychology social-distancing risk-taking developmental-psychology adolescents friendship adolescence teens cognitive-skills emotional-skills friends
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.
March 26, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus risk social-psychology communication altruism surveys human-behavior
The risks to individuals vary hugely with age.
March 12, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: epidemiology covid-19 coronavirus risk pandemic disease-risk
Behavioral economists explain how widespread use of face masks, hand sanitizer and other preventive measures could counterintuitively encourage riskier behaviors around coronavirus.
March 11, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus risk sars-cov-2 behavioral-science safety risk-taking behavioral-economics trade-offs
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