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  • A group of leaders from the Asia-Pacific science community, convened by AAAS, explored a selection of possible actions that could be taken by governments, universities, funding agencies, and businesses to strengthen cooperation and innovation throughout the region. In all, the roundtable involving...
  • Some 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and given longer lifespans ahead, “we’re facing quite a crisis,” David M. Holtzman said during a recent AAAS event intended to stimulate new thinking and speed medical advances. The number of Alzheimer’s patients is likely to triple within 50...
  • First, the good news: 95% of middle and high school students know that DNA contains genetic information that is passed from parent to offspring. But 57% of them incorrectly believe that a gene is a trait—like having blue eyes—and not a segment of DNA. Those insights and others like them are at the...
  • Volunteer scientists are needed to review entries in the prestigious AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards competition. Scientists residing in the Washington, D.C. area, or who will be in the area in mid-August to mid-September, are invited to help screen print, online, radio, and television reports...
  • Robert Atkinson is an influential expert on innovation, and in a presentation at the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy, he detailed a troubling pattern that has emerged from the fields of global competition. [Photo: © and licensed iStockPhoto.com/Darren Baker] Across the world, more...
  • The AAAS Board of Directors has approved a dues increase for 2012. The Board authorizes increases to cover two kinds of expenses: unavoidable costs associated with running AAAS and publishing Science, and new expenses that add value to membership. Postage and paper increases and improving online...
  • Clinical trials are the systematic way that modern medicine determines whether new treatments are safe and effective. But while the process is critically important to improved health care, the number of new drugs submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in recent years is only about half...
  • Researchers searching for ways to influence U.S. science policy—and to prevent crippling cuts to the federal R&D budget—must learn how to cooperate with Congress to become effective advocates, according to a new guide published by AAAS. Working with Congress: A Scientist’s Guide to Policy,...
  • Modern genetic tools and the most effective science-based ecological farming practices are needed if modern agriculture is to feed 9 billion people by 2050, experts said at a AAAS forum. Pamela C. Ronald [Credit: Debbie Aldridge/University of California, Davis] Already 40% of the Earth—an area...
  • Several years ago, Saudi Arabia’s leaders were confronted with a challenge: The kingdom had a well-established science sector and strengths in several areas, but while research publications were surging in some Middle Eastern nations, Saudi publication numbers were flat. Science competition was...