Dirty metal door with pink paint splatters and a sign that reads "Danger: Inorganic arsenic cancer hazard authorized personnel only no smoking or eating respirator required".

Risk In Perspective: Hazards Are Not All Created Equal

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. Alison and Iida would like to thank … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Hazards Are Not All Created Equal

Simple infographic. On the left is hazard, something that can potentially cause harm, with a drawing of a shark. On the right is risk = hazard + exposure with a drawing of a shark approaching a drawing of a swimmer.

Risk In Perspective: Hazard And Risk Are Different

This post on hazard and risk is part of a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. The … Continue reading Risk In Perspective: Hazard And Risk Are Different

Red outlined diamonds showing different types of hazards, such as fire, poison, and corrosion.

Risk In Perspective

This series is a collaboration between neuroscientist Alison Bernstein and biologist Iida Ruishalme. Errors in risk perception are at the core of so many issues in science communication that we think this is a critical topic to explore in detail. This series is cross-posted on SciMoms and Thoughtscapism. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook … Continue reading Risk In Perspective

Artistic rendering of the human brain with feathery neural networks in aqua and blue shades.

SciMoms Chats: Pfizer closes neuroscience division

SciMoms chats are a series of articles based on our everyday conversations. Today, the SciMoms discussed the continuing trend of pharmaceutical companies closing their neuroscience divisions. Alison is a neuroscientist who studies the role of epigenetics in Parkinson’s disease. Layla is a molecular geneticist who works in the biotech sector. The original conversation has been edited … Continue reading SciMoms Chats: Pfizer closes neuroscience division

Different types of medication, including silver blister packs, small green liqui-gels, and red and white capsules.

SciMoms Chats: Placebos and Compassion

SciMoms Chats are a series of articles based on our SciMoms chat. Yesterday, we discussed placebos after reading a new study about the efficacy of acupuncture for pain relief in cancer patients. The original conversation has been edited for clarity and references added where needed. Alison: This study is interesting: (Acupuncture in cancer study reignites … Continue reading SciMoms Chats: Placebos and Compassion