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Science & Diplomacy, a free online publication that will explore the intersection of international scientific cooperation, foreign relations, and public policy, was launched today by the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. As international relations become increasingly complex and scientific endeavors become more international, it is important to have a dialogue between these two communities.

With the U.S. presidential campaign still in its early stages, the AAAS Office of Government Relations has developed a Web site that describes and tracks the candidates’ positions on science, technology, and innovation issues.

The site is designed to be a one-stop, continuously updated resource useful not only to scientists and engineers, but to businesses, journalists, educators, students, and others interested in the future of the nation’s research enterprise.

Physics professor Wolfgang Christian learned about the wonder of science when he was very young. Among the toys Christian’s father, an engineer, introduced to his son were electric trains, magnets, and lenses.

“A lot of my interest in science came about through interactive engagement at home,” said Christian.

BUDAPEST, Hungary—With the global scientific enterprise confronted by budget pressures and human challenges, nations must work to align their science values and standards to improve international collaboration, AAAS Chief Executive Officer Alan I. Leshner said at the opening of the 2011 World Science Forum.

Under pressure to earn the high grades and test scores necessary for a coveted spot at a prestigious university, high school students are anxious and exhausted. They’re also missing out on academic experiences that encourage a desire to learn and pursue their passions—the real routes to success, according to Deborah Stipek, dean of the Stanford University School of Education.

The U.S. must move quickly to develop a national innovation strategy if it is to remain competitive in the global economy, a panel of experts said at the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy.

They also outlined the roles that regions, universities, and government can play in developing such a strategy.

AAAS has launched an innovative Web site with more than 600 multiple-choice test questions to help educators assess more precisely what students know about key ideas in science and—just as importantly—the incorrect ideas they have.

KIGALI, Rwanda—With their economies gaining strength and their governments looking to build sustainable long-term development, East African science leaders agreed to expand their promising collaboration in science and science education to advance economic and human development in their region.

Chemically speaking, you become a different person when you run, according to new research in Science Translational Medicine that maps how chemicals change in the blood during exercise.

The study, by Gregory Lewis and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital, identified chemical switches in the body that are distinctly different during exercise in more-fit people versus less-people.