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  • Second Century Stewardship

    Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park. Photo Credit: Suzanne Thurston. All rights reserved. National parks are amongst the treasures of the United States, valuable both in their own right as entities for preserving the natural and cultural history of our nation and the world and for the...
  • Weird & Wonderful Creatures: Goliath Birdeater

    "Male goliath birdeater 111508 002" by John/snakecollector. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 , via Flickr. The Goliath Birdeater ( Theraphosa blondi ) belongs to the Tarantula family and, weighing in at up to six ounces, is the most massive spider in the world. It can grow to be up to 11 inches in diameter...
  • 5 Questions for a Scientist: Inventor and Cybersecurity Expert Bertrand Cambou

    The gap between the science classroom and a real-life career in the sciences can seem distant for some students. The 5 Questions for a Scientist interview series was created to bridge this gap! We aim to inspire students to pursue careers in the sciences by showcasing the incredible diversity of...
  • Happy Halloween!

    Enjoy these fun science-themed Halloween stories from the Science Update Archives! OVERCOMING ARACHNOPHOBIA Brain activity changes permanently when people overcome a phobia. SIZING UP SPIDERS Does a fear of spiders warp our perception of their size? THE SCREAMING BRAIN What qualities make screams...
  • Endangered Elephants

    African elephants ( Loxodonta africana ), the largest land animals still in existence, are in trouble. In late September, the African Elephant Status Report 2016 was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which maintains the comprehensive IUCN Red List of Threatened Species...
  • Record Hurricanes

    tracks of all tropical cyclones which formed worldwide from 1985 to 2005. The points show the locations of the storms at six-hour intervals. The colors relate to each storm's Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rating (Blue=tropical depression; teal=tropical storm; white=Category 1; yellow=Category 2;...
  • Visiting Scholars Program: A Click Away to Enrich AAAS’ Mission

    AAAS visiting scholar Ray Arnaudo visited the Falkland Islands as a delegate on a scientific mission to help the local government create policies to protect the region’s biodiversity such as King penguins at Volunteer Point on East Falkland Island. | Ray Arnaudo AAAS, the world’s largest general...
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    Science for America’s National Parks

    At the dawn of the U.S. National Park Service's second century, opportunities exist to engage in science for the benefit of parks and society. Second Century Stewardship explores that science through partnerships with AAAS, Acadia National Park, Schoodic Institute, and the National Park Service.

    Second Century Stewardship: Science for America’s National Parks Research Fellowship—Request for Proposals Application Process Opens —October 1, 2016 Informational Webinar —A recording of the October 14, 2016, webinar is available here . Application Deadline — November 21, 2016, midnight The...
  • Spotlight on Science Writers: Sy Montgomery

    A select group of authors who have won or been finalists for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books have been invited to write or record an introduction to one of their books. We have suggested a few guidelines, but the format and content have been chosen by each author and...
  • Weird & Wonderful Creatures: Amazon River Dolphins

    The Amazon river dolphin ( Inia geoffrensis ), also known as the boto or pink river dolphin, is the largest freshwater dolphin in the world. It is found in northern and central South America, specifically in the Amazon and Orinoco basins and the Madeira River. The boto's most striking physical...