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  • It’s a familiar pathway for many scientists: Their curiosity and drive to understand the world lead to broader benefits. The 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting, which convenes from 14 to 18 February in Boston, will focus on these deep and rich connections between the beauty of scientific knowledge and its...
  • Phillip Sharp takes his responsibilities as a role model seriously, from speaking in schools about his childhood interest in science on a Kentucky farm, to posing with rock stars in the pages of GQ to raise interest in cancer research. The magazine spread has brought him more attention than his...
  • GUANAJUATO, Mexico—Students from an elite group of 20 young mathematicians trained by AAAS made up the only U.S. team at the Olimpiada Mexicana de Matemáticas. They were up against 196 of the very best high school math students in Mexico, taking tests in a completely unfamiliar setting and trying...
  • He was a veteran professional football player, in his mid-60s when he died, and a paper-thin cross section of his brain tissue taken at the autopsy appears visibly shrunken and atrophied. Perhaps that’s no surprise in an older man who played in an era of more primitive equipment. But...
  • S&T Policy Fellows Celebrate 40 Years Growing impact . The 2012–2013 class of Fellows is the largest yet for the influential AAAS program. CREDIT: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships In 1973, the first class of AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows was dispatched to...
  • Testing the waters . Melting sea ice is opening a Northern bonanza for oil, rare earths, and even fish—but is the United States ready? CREDIT: Jeremy Potter NOAA/OAR/OER Five years ago, a pair of mini-submarines descended to the seabed below the North Pole, where the crews planted a rust-proof,...