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1. A plane that had to make an emergency landing showcases Human Risk in action;
2. Reactions to a warning siren failure illustrates a common Cognitive Bias;
3. An art museum uses smart BeSci Interventions to increase visitor engagement and make visits more memorable;
4. A game that helps train people to spot potential sources of Fake News is Something that made me think; and
5. A new book that explores the importance of the Messenger is my Something for the weekend recommendation.
1. A cheating Chess Grandmaster illustrates Human Risk in action;
2. Driver reactions to a Google Maps error illustrate how Cognitive Biases can sometimes let us down;
3. An advertising campaign that smartly deploys a digital BeSci Intervention;
4. Interesting research on boredom might sound like an oxymoron, but is Something that made me think; and
5. Hitting a musical note is the Something for the weekend recommendation.
1. A College education scandal is Human Risk in action;
2. A browser plug-in that highlights potential Bias in news websites;
3. A simple BeSci Intervention that helps a heritage society to crowdsource photographs;
4. A newsletter exploring unintended consequences is Something that made me think; and
5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast called Spectacular Failures.
1. A London Underground incident report provides a valuable lesson on responding to Human Risk in action;
2. Cognitive Biases that explain the proliferation of fake news, conspiracy theories and hyperpartisan content on social media;
3. A simple BeSci Intervention that helps people navigate their way around a city;
4. Research by a 13-year old is Something that made me think; and
5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that looks at the nefarious forces influencing the world we live in.
1. An amusing planning error by the Swiss national aerobatics display team illustrates Human Risk in action;
2. Good News! A Cognitive Bias which brings out the worst in us might not be as prevalent as initially thought;
3. A BeSci Intervention that uses data from New York’s Transit Authority helps improve customer satisfaction;
4. Research on a highly effective crime-prevention technique is Something that made me think; and
5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a compelling new Netflix documentary.
1. A cancelled festival and a fire at a record label provides a double dose of Human Risk in action in the music industry;
2. I highlight a common Cognitive Bias by looking at how pilots react to tales of near-misses;
3. A BeSci Intervention from Las Vegas that encourages people to pay their parking fines;
4. Research into whether complex rules are more likely to be broken is Something that made me think; and
5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that looks at the astonishing failures behind the construction of an airport in Berlin.
1. An Economist’s unfortunate choice of words is an example of Human Risk in action;
2. A pollster who didn’t believe his own poll illustrates an important Cognitive Bias;
3. A supermarket uses a BeSci Intervention to discourage people from using plastic bags with interesting results;
4. UK broadcasters keep making unfortunate mispronunciations of a high profile politician’s name. Why it happens is Something that made me think; and
5. A cartoon that explains how to present detailed information is my Something for the weekend recommendation.
1. The Eurovision song contest provides a case-study of Human Risk in action;
2. A US chatshow segment illustrates some Cognitive Biases;
3. A Netflix employee develops a lovely BeSci Intervention by re-designing an everyday object;
4. An academic paper written by someone who was hijacked is Something that made me think; and
5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend a podcast, book and movie on the subject of Theranos.
1. A costly order-taking error in a restaurant that became a masterclass in managing the aftermath of Human Risk in action;
2. A Taylor Swift inspired Cognitive Bias;
3. A BeSci Intervention that uses emoji to promote cybersecurity;
4. Research that explores why fitness trackers and habit changing Apps that use “streaks” to encourage us might not be such a good idea, is Something that made me think; and
5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend a book that explores how BeSci can provide creative solutions to life’s problems
1. A prime example of Human Risk in action at Boeing;
2. In the Bi-weekly Cognitive Bias I highlight the power of a technique called Re-Framing;
3. A BeSci Intervention I really like called McMistakes, courtesy of the Golden Arches;
4. Some research on BullSh1tt1ng is Something that made me think; and
5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend an exhibition of World War II propaganda posters.
1. What the Notre-Dame cathedral fire can teach us about“Human Risk in action”;
2. In the Bi-weekly Cognitive Bias, I highlight something that makes us susceptible to believing conspiracy theories;
3. A BeSci Intervention from Le Monde newspaper that is a prime example of sludge;
4. In Something that made me think, I explore when we’re likely to overestimate our abilities and when we’re likely to underestimate them; and
5. The Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that helps Californians prepare for an earthquake. It’s more relevant to you than you might think.
- Human Risk in action courtesy of British Airways;
- Why rules can sometimes make things less safe than rule makers might intend;
- a BeSci intervention from the World Wildlife Fund that encourages us to use less paper;
- some academic research that highlights a simple way we can improve our chances of sticking to commitments; and
- a new book on the Science of Storytelling that reveals much about how we process information.
12. ☕️💦 Coffee Spillage Edition 17th September 2019
11. ✈️🚅 No Need To Fly Edition 3rd September 2019
9. 🔊🙌 Noisy Handdryer Edition 6th August 2019
8. 🇨🇭✈️ Swiss Aerobatics Edition 21st July 2019