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  • The Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has approved the nomination of Marcia K. McNutt, editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals — published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — for election as president of the Academy. McNutt, who on 1 June...
  • Solutions to global challenges will involve multiple types of knowledge, said Heide Hackmann. | AAAS The problems facing society, such as global climate change, are so complex and immense that nothing short of a full transformation of science will help us solve them, said Heide Hackmann, executive...
  • At the GS5 Gender Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, Lolita Gray and Sarah Johnson were determined to talk to as many people as they could. Sarah Johnson (right) in the studio of radio station SAfm | Courtesy Sarah Johnson "From day one, my mindset was network, network, network. When I got on the...
  • Being square has its advantages: the shape of the seahorse tail gives it a strong grasping shape, researchers say. | Flickr/ auddess / CC BY-NC 2.0 The seahorse tail is square because this shape is better at resisting damage and at grasping than a circular tail would be, a new engineering study...
  • A plant-based oil herder could provide a greener option for corralling oil spills such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. | NOAA / CC BY 2.0 A new compound containing a plant-based molecule could make crude oil spill cleanup a little easier on the environment, a new study...
  • From birth to age 2, babies' brains are pre-programmed to undergo remarkable changes, forming 700 new synapses per second, yet the successful development of brain architecture requires continuous nurturing by caring adults, experts said on 18 June. "Children learn best when they are close to an...
  • Steven Leath | AAAS/Carla Schaffer Food is plentiful and relatively inexpensive in the United States, thanks to many scientific advances across many disciplines. However, research funding for agriculture has stagnated, and it's hard to convince people that investments are needed now to prevent...
  • A call to action issued today by AAAS and a broad coalition of CEOs and other organizations urges Congress to enact policies and make investments that ensure the United States remains the global innovation leader. "The history of human progress and growth in our nation is really the history of U.S...