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  • She suffered a stroke at the age of 42, and for nearly a decade after, she was unable to move or communicate beyond shaking her head. Such patients usually experience little improvement, but today, thanks to a neural implant that links her brain to a computer, she has used her mind to control a...
  • After 44 years in print, AAAS’s Science Books & Film has gone online with a host of new features, ensuring the venerable journal’s position as one of the world’s leading authorities on science media resources. Podcast interviews with authors, a weekly editor’s blog, and a searchable database of...
  • The old year was ending and a new one beginning, and Alice Huang was scanning the popular news media lists of the most influential people of 2009 and the decade past, hoping to see a scientist or an engineer. This year, she didn’t find one. Incoming AAAS president . Alice S. Huang, a senior faculty...
  • Dr. H’s students not only learn physics, they write physics books. George “Dr. H” Hademenos’s students have authored children’s books about energy, weather, and similar subjects. For this inventive approach at Richardson High School in Texas, Hademenos won AAAS’s 2011 Leadership in Science...
  • Significant advances in synthetic gene production have raised a critical question for industry leaders and national security experts: How can the research and trade in tailor-made DNA continue while assuring that the materials aren't available to criminals and terrorists? Proposed federal...
  • One group studied the human impacts of gold mining in Guinea. Another analyzed the economic aid to rebuild New Orleans' hurricane-ravaged infrastructure. And others are working to improve on a vital tradition, assessing the most effective ways to protect scientists from political persecution...
  • Researchers have found no consistent link between cell phone use and the risk of developing brain cancer, but experts speaking at a recent AAAS briefing on Capitol Hill said science faces a communications challenge in dispelling the public’s lingering fears. George M. Gray, a professor and director...
  • Following are the results of the 2009 election. Terms began on 22 February 2010. General Offices President-Elect: Nina V. Fedoroff Board of Directors: Stephen Mayo, Sue V. Rosser Committee on Nominations: Pamela Bjorkman, Tom Lovejoy, Barbara Schaal, Maxine Singer Section on Agriculture, Food, and...
  • Linda Roberts is a visiting scholar, AAAS Education and Human Resources. Linda Roberts remembers well how, as a student, she struggled with geometry. Today’s interactive software makes it far easier to see and understand the concepts that challenged her, and although students today may now take...
  • Doctors are already using genetic data to customize patients’ treatments, but they could soon be overwhelmed by logistical and legal issues arising from inexpensive genome screening, experts said at a colloquium cosponsored by AAAS. Within the next two years, people will be able to get their entire...