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Climate change litigation and attribution science

Climate change litigation and attribution science 700 350 Bob Reville

Climate change tort litigation has faced significant obstacles to establishing corporate liability for climate change. Cases such as Kivalina v. ExxonMobil, and California v. General Motors Corporation faced significant obstacles based in tort…

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Fish oil supplements and the self-correcting nature of science

Fish oil supplements and the self-correcting nature of science 150 150 Adam Grossman

I’m often asked my views on how the latest paper to find a correlation between a chemical and a bodily injury (or not find any correlation, as the case may…

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Increased awareness of 3D printing risks brings proposals for regulation

Increased awareness of 3D printing risks brings proposals for regulation 150 150 Adam Grossman

The use of additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies continues to increase. As we discussed in our white paper, co-authored with AIG, additive manufacturing carries with it new risks not known in traditional manufacturing…

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The social and genetic factors that drive susceptibility

The social and genetic factors that drive susceptibility 150 150 David Loughran

As a labor economist I’ve long been interested in the question of what makes some individuals more susceptible to adverse outcomes than others. Everyone has “bad luck” from time to…

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Are we poisoning our children with plastics?

Are we poisoning our children with plastics? 150 150 Charles Clarke

In modern life, the human body interacts with innumerable man-made substances. They are in the clothes we wear, the cosmetics we use, the food we eat, the packaging which carries…

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The job of underwriting and the next asbestos

The job of underwriting and the next asbestos 500 244 Bob Reville

We recently did a survey of some of our customers and out of all the answers to the survey, the one that has stuck with me the most was that…

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Three definitions of emerging risk

Three definitions of emerging risk 500 245 Charles Clarke

The International Risk Governance Council usefully defines an emerging risk as belonging to any one of three categories: 1. Risks with uncertain impacts, with uncertainty resulting from new products, services, behaviours or…

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Neurological tumours get new classification methodology

Neurological tumours get new classification methodology 150 150 Adam Grossman

One of the most important factors in assessing disease, especially cancer, is accurately distinguishing among the possible variants. This can be a difficult task, however, especially when the best tool…

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Is it the flu or is it Legionnaires’ Disease?

Is it the flu or is it Legionnaires’ Disease? 150 150 Sheryll Mangahas

This year’s flu season has been the worst in 10 years. However, the symptoms of the flu are similar to Legionnaires’ disease. Earlier this month, a woman in Texas was…

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Perfluorinated substances linked to type II diabetes

Perfluorinated substances linked to type II diabetes 150 150 Adam Grossman

Perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) have been in the news lately with, among other things, 3M’s $850 million settlement with the state of Minnesota to clean up water contaminated with perfluorooctane…

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Heart disease deaths may be due to low levels of lead

Heart disease deaths may be due to low levels of lead 150 150 Sheryll Mangahas

An article published in The Lancet this week examined low levels of lead and heart disease deaths. By using the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES-III) they found…

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What might smartphones, gambling, sex, and exercise have in common? Behavioral addiction

What might smartphones, gambling, sex, and exercise have in common? Behavioral addiction 150 150 David Loughran

In early January, two major Apple stockholders, JANA Partners, LLC and the California State Teacher’s Retirement System, sent a letter to Apple urging the company to address the possibility that overuse of…

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