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 Thursday, June 26, 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 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. Tom Jordan takes on quake prediction Tom Jordan takes on quake prediction Member Spotlight September 13, 2013 For 150 years, the southern portion of California's San Andreas fault has been quiet. AAAS Fellow Tom Jordan oversees research that anticipates the "Big One," an earthquake the could bring the state to a standstill. Lucy Edwards tells time by microfossils Lucy Edwards tells time by microfossils Member Spotlight August 30, 2013 The fossilized dinoflagellate cysts that are found in rock deep beneath the Earth's surface only measure about the size of a tiny pencil dot, but they tell paleontologist Lucy Edwards a lot about our groundwater. Arches Wallpaper Wallpaper: Arches National Park Download August 23, 2013 | Author: Professor Structural Geology, Dept. of Geology, Utah State University Jim Evans Balanced Rock (near center) is a spectacular feature of Arches National Park in southeastern Utah, located in the Colorado River Basin. Weathered in place by wind and water, the resistant block, a Slick Rock member of the Entrada Sandstone formation, “balances” over the less resistant Dewey Bridge member of the Carmel Formation.