Simulating 800,000 years of California earthquake history to pinpoint risks

3D view of one especially complex multi-fault rupture from the synthetic earthquake catalog developed by the Southern California Earthquake Center using a new earthquake modeling framework. Credit: Kevin Milner, University of Southern California Massive earthquakes are, fortunately, rare events. But that scarcity of information blinds us in some ways to their risks, especially when it […]

Getting rescued by helicopter has risks. This gadget could make it safer.

The litter stabilization system, in this configuration, consists of two units, one at each end of the rescue basket. (Scott C Childress / U.S. Army/) When Caleb Carr was 15, he was taking part in a search-and-rescue training expedition in Oregon, and an adult on the trip suffered a heart attack. A helicopter from the […]

New solutions for addressing systemic risks

Systemic risks like climate change, cybersecurity and pandemics are characterised by high complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity, and effects beyond the system in which they originate. That’s why novel research approaches and regulatory measures are indispensable for the evaluation and management of these risks. An interdisciplinary team recently published a paper on this subject, which appears as […]

Pitt scientists identify genetic risks of rare inflammatory disease

IMAGE: Professor of pediatrics and medicine, University of Pittsburgh, and chief, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. view more  Credit: UPMC PITTSBURGH, Dec. 11, 2020 – In a paper published today in the American Journal of Human Genetics, a group of international collaborators led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of […]

Certain Rock Formations Can Lead to In-Home Radon Risks

In 2019, nearly a quarter million Americans learned they had lung cancer, and 143,000 died from the disease. Tobacco use was responsible for most of those deaths, but rocks—particularly those containing naturally occurring uranium, which decays over time to produce radon gas—were also partly to blame. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung […]

No nanoparticle risks found in field tests of spray sunscreens

Credit: CC0 Public Domain People can continue using mineral-based aerosol sunscreens without fear of exposure to dangerous levels of nanoparticles or other respirable particulates, according to Penn State research published in the journal Aerosol Science and Engineering. The findings, reported by a research team led by Jeremy Gernand, associate professor of industrial health and safety, […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

IMAGE: Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian… view more  Credit: Melissa Marchese DURHAM, N.C. – The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon. Credit: Melissa Marchese The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in Peru’s […]

Women Who Lead Episode 7: The importance of taking risks and pursuing feedback

Women Who Lead Episode 7: The importance of taking risks and pursuing feedback. Episode 7 of Women Who Lead meets Cynthia Burkhardt, the Head of Global Talent Acquisition at Philips. Taking a risk to achieve a goal requires the courage to face the fear of uncertainty. No matter the outcome, either way, we grow through the process […]

Some parents prioritize Thanksgiving traditions over reducing COVID-19 risks

IMAGE: How parents plan to reduce COVID-19 risks at Thanksgiving. view more  Credit: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at Michigan Medicine. ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For some families, one of the most difficult steps in reducing COVID-19 risks has been keeping children apart from grandparents and other extended family members. And that […]