The search for evidence that life evolved somewhere beyond Earth, or has evolved on Earth has led to interesting research, but has yielded no signs of any extra-terrestrials. Still, if some form of life were found, people would probably react positively.
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- Blinking eye cells on a polymer chip – along with other “organs-on-chips” – offer a new way to examine the effects of drug treatments on humans, according to the panelists of a Feb. 16 news briefing at the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting.
- Say the late 20th century defined physics and engineering, then the 21st century may do the same for biology and engineering, says AAAS President Hockfield.
- Efforts to limit access to voting, compounded by election security concerns, have created a lack of confidence in the U.S. voting system, said Myrna Perez, professor of law and director of the Brennan Center for Justice Voting Rights and Elections Project at the New York University School of Law.
- Using airborne mapping, researchers are discovering new archeological sites that show pre-Columbian Mesoamerica was “significantly more densely populated at the time of European contact” than previously thought.
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- Linda Sealy, director of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity at Vanderbilt University, has been selected to receive the 2018 Lifetime Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Keivan Stassun, the Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and senior associate dean for graduate education and research at Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science, has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 AAAS Mentor Award.
- Johanna Varner, a scientist who has developed citizen science programs that empower people to participate in science, has been chosen by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to receive the 2018 Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science.
- Pennsylvania State University professor and climate scientist Michael E. Mann has been selected to receive the 2018 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award.