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  • Commercial fishing operations in the past 40 years have precipitated a dramatic change in ocean fish stocks, with tuna and other big predators declining and small fish like anchovies and sardines surging. That’s the conclusion of the most ambitious study ever completed of fish populations in the...
  • Second Life for learning. Penn State educators are using Second Life’s virtual campus to teach lessons in online security. But can such innovative efforts be extended beyond the university? [Credit: Angsana Techatassanasoontorn/College of Information Sciences and Technology, Pennsylvania State...
  • A continuing commitment . John P. Holdren, the White House science and technology adviser, told a standing-room-only crowd that President Obama considers R&D funding crucial for U.S. economic strength. Just 2 years ago, American science seemed to be on the cusp of a new era, with Washington...
  • 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...