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  • Researchers who work with children must take extra care to protect their interests and rights, while still providing enough answers to make the research useful to the children. However, experts at a recent AAAS event said the definition of those rights and ethical research practices continue to...
  • Wild insects pollinate major agricultural crops—from cotton to blueberries—more effectively than hives of honeybees managed by humans, according to a massive international study. In their report in the 1 March issue of Science , Lucas Garibaldi of Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in Argentina and...
  • When a group of middle-schoolers from a small rural town in northern California started following a research curriculum called the Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP), they had no idea that they could make a world-class scientific discovery. Instead of studying worksheets to learn science concepts...
  • Tammy Long got an idea of what science was all about when she went to Costa Rica as a college student. “My instructors basically said, ‘There’s the rainforest. Go find something that you’d be interested in researching,’” she said. “That completely changed what I was going to do for a career. They...
  • When asked what has surprised them most during their careers investigating lead poisoning in the United States and beyond, experts at the AAAS annual meeting echoed the same sentiment: the misconception that we’ve gotten rid of it. While efforts to reduce the blood lead levels in children in the...
  • The American public likes scientists almost as much as it likes firefighters and teachers. And, economists say that investments in basic research have offered tremendous returns over the past 50 years. Why, then, do researchers in the United States find themselves on the precipice of a devastating...
  • Cable news junkies, take heart: if you love wall-to-wall coverage of hurricanes, wildfires and superstorms, your future viewing schedules will be jam-packed. Researchers at the AAAS Annual Meeting said that wild weather events like Superstorm Sandy and the severe Texas drought are the new normal in...