After kayaking in dense fog, AAAS member and Harvard professor John Edward Huth realized how out of touch many are with their surroundings. His book, The Lost Art of Finding Our Way, examines ancient means of navigation and inspires people today to get around without their smart phones.
This AAAS MC blogger has no easy, narrow 5-point list to give you to help you find a job in the field you think you want. But she does know what matters in the staff she has hired for her small business.
AAAS Fellow Alan P. Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is an astrophysicist focused on the search for exoplanets. Boss shared his thoughts on the major setback to NASA's planet hunting Kepler Space Telescope.
As a volunteer at Imagination Station in Lafayette, this blogger found that her audience was a range of kids. However, she could use Legos to challenge them all, regardless of age, while making science cool at the same time.
A consolidation plan for STEM education has been proposed by the Obama Administration that would reduce over 200 programs by half. However, because of the division between the Department of Education and the NSF, this may do little to reduce costs and could harm national science education for all ages.
“My interest is in cultural evolution,” says AAAS Fellow Peter Peregrine, “which is one basic question: Why aren’t all cultures the same? And from that: What explains variations in cultures?” His current project involves testing models of physical and biological systems to see if similar patterns occur in cultural evolution over time.
In need of a new photo for your desktop? We have one for you! The great ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are huge piles of old snow compressed to ice, and spreading under their own weight. They grow by snowfall on top, and shrink by melting around the sides and by formation of icebergs in marginal seas.
Our special guest speakers for this May 27 event are AAAS Fellow Peter Wilderer, an environmental engineer (Emeritus) at Technische Universität München,and AAAS member Ombeline Rossier, a microbiologist at the Max von Pettenkofer-Institute, University of Munich.
Our special guest speakers for this May 30 Berlin event are AAAS members Klaus Affeld and Udo Heinemann. Affeld is the director of the Biofluid Mechancis Lab at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Heinemann is a professor of molecular medicine at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Macromolecular Structure and Interaction.
Alex Wild became an insect photographer by accident, but it forced him to quickly learn about copyright laws and how to protect his work. Today he loves his unconventional science career, and has some tips for all scientists looking to improve their presentations with nice images.
Patricia Brennan recently came under harsh criticism for her research on duck genitalia. It made her realize the general public may not understand the value of basic science and she believes it's up to the science community to make sure they do.
AAAS Fellow Eric Norman’s research is akin to finding a quantum needle in a haystack. He is an expert on the physics of neutrinos— subatomic particles that pass through matter and which are produced by radioactive decay or nuclear reactions. His work in counter-terrorism has led to new ways to screen cargo for small amounts of fissionable materials.
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It seems inevitable that there will be reductions in federal spending, but will these cuts be allocated in a way that devastates science research and education, threatens future economic growth, and erodes America’s competitiveness in the world?
America’s future innovation depends in large part on our ability to fully tap a richly diverse talent pool, and a Supreme Court case involving the University of Texas at Austin could undermine that goal. At risk is the ability of U.S. universities to promote diversity by making limited use of race in admissions.
In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, NASA managers for the Kepler Space Telescope announced that their exoplanet hunter had suffered a major blow -- a loss of a second stabilizing (or reaction) wheel. The wheels help the telescope point to a place in the sky. Kepler has four wheels and needs three to work optimally. In 2012 it lost one reaction wheel. »
With federal and state funding for science flat or on the downward trend, many young scientists are looking for new ways to support their research. One way is crowdfunding, appealing directly to the public via the Internet for money. »