VIDEO: Living on Mars Video March 19, 2015 When humans eventually explore Mars, they will need specialized equipment to conduct research—suits that supply ample oxygen and allow astronauts to move with agility, rovers for long-distance travel, and a home base equipped to house humans for 36 months at a time. Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and co-founder of the Mars Institute, who is testing prototye equipment that someday could be used to explore Mars. At the 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Lee showed attendees NASA-protypes of Mars space suits and RVs. VIDEO: Writing to get published Video March 16, 2015 Do you know the three C's of crafting a manuscript? According to Raeka Aiyar, communications and engagement manager at Genetics Society of America, they are: centralize, conceptualize and criticize. While getting her Ph.D. in genetics, Aiyar, helped many scientists in her lab prepare manuscripts for publication. Subsequently, she was hired by the lab to continue in this role, where she developed an excellent set of do's and don'ts aimed at increasing a researcher’s odds of getting published. Robert Yeats sounds the alarm on Northwest earthquakes Robert Yeats sounds the alarm on Northwest earthquakes Member Spotlight September 11, 2014 Just off the Pacific Northwest coast there’s a sleeping giant, the Cascadia subduction zone, a fault line capable of massive—magnitude 9.0 or greater—earthquakes. Geologists warn the fault could slip at any moment. Yet towns and cities from Northern California to Vancouver Island remain woefully unprepared for what follows: the catastrophic destruction of infrastructure, an economic tailspin, and the death of thousands. AAAS member Charles Swithinbank dies at 87 AAAS member Charles Swithinbank dies at 87 Friday, June 27, 2014 AAAS member Charles Swithinbank, a glaciologist and polar specialist, died May 27, he was 87 years-old. Swithinbank's achievements at the poles spanned six decades and earned him the distinct honor of "having seen more of Antarctica than any living person," according to The American Polar Society's website. AAAS members selected 'most influential' by TheBestSchools.org Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Twenty-three AAAS members were amongst the scientists selected as "The 50 Most Influential Scientists in the World Today," by TheBestSchools.org, "a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree," according to Wayne Downs, the site's managing editor.  AAAS members needed for educational videos Monday, January 13, 2014 Want to be featured in a major media outlet's new batch of educational videos? They are creating 100 3-minute science videos for high schoolers on advanced science topics, aimed at above-average high school science students. The videos will be incorporated into the media outlet's online educational assets and distributed to schools and educators via their websites and outreach. Topic areas include physics, chemistry and earth science. Your chance to be featured in Science Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Answer this question: If you had 5 extra hours per week to devote to advocacy for science, how would you use that time? at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NextGen10mc Make sure to enter by the 14th February.  A selection of the best responses will be published in the April 4th issue of Science. See results from the last survey at http://scim.ag/NextGen9Results Wallpaper: Aurora Borealis Wallpaper: Aurora Borealis Download February 6, 2015 | Author: Distinguished Professor Emerita of Space Physics at UCLA Margaret G. Kivelson Curtains of glowing, dancing light appear in the night sky at high latitudes, both north and south. Named for the Roman goddess of dawn, the aurora is among nature’s most awe-inspiring phenomena. For centuries, the nature of the aurora was a mystery that inspired poetic explanations involving dragons or warring armies in the sky. Early scientific theories were equally fanciful—including the idea that they were produced by sunlight scattered off ice crystals. FDA moves to ban trans fats FDA moves to ban trans fats Capitol Connection December 9, 2013 In a culmination of twenty years of research, the FDA has declared its preliminary intent to remove partially hydrogenated oils from the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) list of foods and food additives. If this decision is finalized, partially hydrogenated oils, or “trans fats,” would be completely removed from the food industry, placing the burden on the manufacturers to prove to the FDA that the presence of trans fats would be safe to eat in their products. Council elects 388 new AAAS Fellows Council elects 388 new AAAS Fellows Monday, November 25, 2013 The AAAS Council has elected 388 members as Fellows of AAAS for the year 2013. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago, which will take place February 13 to 17. Learn more about this exciting new class on AAAS's website.