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The cost of doing biological research is increasing for universities as they attempt to comply with a proliferation of security requirements and recommendations from government agencies, according to a new report prepared by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the FBI, and AAAS.

Call him “Neutron Bob” or even “Bob the Science Slob” and he won’t mind. Those are just a few of the nicknames Bob Hirshon has adopted during his appearances on the “Absolutely Mindy” radio show.

Once a month, Hirshon, senior project director for media programs at AAAS, appears as the science expert on the kids’ radio program. Mindy Thomas hosts the segment, which is a part of the “Kid’s Place Live” channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Hirshon and Mindy talk about the latest scientific developments and answer kids’ science questions.

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The martian surface and thin atmosphere as seen from the Viking 1 orbiter [Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech]

With tensions escalating between Iran and members of the United Nations Security Council, continuing and even expanding current scientific exchanges in appropriate fields may help keep lines of communication open and build constructive engagement, Iran experts agreed in recent talks at AAAS.