PLUTO: a novel way to think about risk

Pluto may be a former planet, but it's also a novel way to think about risk! On July 14th 2015, a small spacecraft will buzz a former planet in the less fashionable outskirts of our solar system. A lot of people will get excited by this, apparently thinking that the first close-up view of a lump of rock and ice in the history of the human race is a big deal. What they don't know is that PLUTO is also all about understanding risk: P: Probability L: Latency U: Uncertainty T: Tradeoffs O: Opportunity FURTHER READING: NASA New Horizons page: New Horizons on Wikipedia: 11 mind-blowing facts about NASA's nuclear-powered mission to Pluto New Horizons flyby – New York Times: Risk Bites is your guide to making sense of risk. We cover everything from understanding and balancing the risks and benefits of everyday products, to health science more broadly, to the potential impacts of emerging technologies, to making sense of risk perception. If you enjoy our videos, please subscribe, and spread the word! Click here to see more videos:

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