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  • July 20, 2015

    Poets have called it the tree of life. To some healers it is a spirit offering or sacred medicine. In Latin, its name means “cake” –- an apt description perhaps, given the recent celebrity trend to consume it in smoothies.

    Consider the placenta. 

    “It’s a confusing thing for most people to understand what on earth this weird blob of tissue is that comes out after the baby,” says researcher Jessica Hebert. “Think of this: It’s the only temporary organ that humans make and it’s responsible for transporting blood and nutrients and waste to and from the baby.” »

  • July 7, 2015

    Physicsts Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene, well-known for their efforts to bring physics to the masses via television and new media, may soon have another “popularizer” amongst their ranks. Meet theoretical physicist and AAAS member Mark G. Jackson, who recently traded in equations and theorems to devote himself to promoting physics and research on a global scale. »

  • June 25, 2015

    Growing up in El Paso, Texas, in the 1960s and ’70s, Deb Niemeier would watch as the nearby Asarco copper smelter belched its smoky plumes, blanketing the city in a murky haze. Decades later, amid concerns about heightened local levels of lead, zinc, and arsenic, the truth emerged: Asarco had been illegally burning hazardous materials.

    Niemeier, now a AAAS Fellow, says the notorious polluter spurred her career. “It was just so awful,” she says. “That’s probably where it started.” »

  • June 12, 2015

    Most of the thousands of earth-science students geologist David Voorhees has taught over the years haven’t majored in his discipline, or earned degrees in science at all. Nonetheless, he considers them to be his rock-solid success stories. »

  • June 5, 2015

    Long before the nanotech frenzy kicked in, AAAS Fellow Phil Collins was thinking about studying "tiny wires." Now, 30 years after he started toying with the idea, the rise of nanotechnology is creating novel research partnerships, as biologists, engineers—and physicists—seize on its vast possibilities for molecular research. »