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BC-The Conversation for October 12, 10am, ADVISORY

October 12, 2021 GMT

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TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:

-Video games

-Screentime

-Lab leaks

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STORIES:

Medical errors keep killing patients – but there are laws, incentives and mindset changes that could reduce the death toll

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COMMENTARY Mistakes at the hands of health care providers are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. And many of the blunders are a byproduct of the system. 964 words. By Michael J. Saks, Arizona State University

Kids and their computers: Several hours a day of screen time is OK, study suggests

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY New data suggests that lots of time on screens may even improve peer relationships. But the study comes with caveats. 570 words. By Katie Paulich, University of Colorado Boulder

4 reasons Americans are still seeing empty shelves and long waits – with Christmas just around the corner

COMMENTARY An expert on global supply chains explains why shortages of many products have persisted throughout the pandemic. 896 words. By Kevin Ketels, Wayne State University

Rural Alaska needs new bridges as permafrost thaws and crossing river ice gets riskier – the infrastructure bill is only a start

COMMENTARY Alaska is warming faster than any other U.S. state. That’s causing problems for river crossings, as a team of bridge engineers and social scientists explains. 785 words. By Guangqing Chi, Penn State; Davin Holen, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Heather Randell, Penn State; Megan Mucioki, Penn State, and Rebecca Napolitano, Penn State

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How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

COMMENTARY Publicly, companies have been paying more attention to social and environmental issues, but their priority remains profit. Climate change is forcing an evolution, a business strategy expert writes. 1041 words. By Raz Godelnik, The New School

Reporting all biosafety errors could improve labs worldwide – and increase public trust in biological research

SCIENCE OR TECHNOLOGY A centralized reporting system for laboratory incidents involving dangerous pathogens in biological research does not exist in the US or internationally. 895 words. By David Gillum, Arizona State University; Kathleen Vogel, Arizona State University, and Rebecca Moritz, Colorado State University

Computer Space launched the video game industry 50 years ago – here’s the real reason you probably haven’t heard of it

COMMENTARY The game that launched today’s massive video game industry was not a roaring success. The oft-told story of why turns out to be off the mark. 781 words. By Noah Wardrip-Fruin, University of California, Santa Cruz

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