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. VIDEO: James Kakalios uses comic superheros to teach science Video March 10, 2015 University of Minnesota physics professor James Kakalios grew up reading comic books. He was a fan of The Flash, Spiderman and The Fantastic Four, among others. In 2001, he taught a freshman seminar that focused on the physics of superheroes as a way to motivate students. The course was wildly popular and lead to his authoring two books on the subject, The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics. VIDEO: Shane Bergin talks physics with Dublin commuters Video March 10, 2015 Shane Bergin is a physics professor at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He wanted to expose the average Dubliner to physics in a playful, non-intimidating way, so he and his students came up with a billboard campaign for DART, the city's mass-transit system, which promped commuters to ponder intriguing questions about physical phenomena. For this effort, Bergin was awarded the 2014 AAAS Early Career Award–outreach/public engagement, which honors a researcher for engaging the public in science through innovative methods that bring science into the daily lives of a local community. AAAS BOO-LECULAR STENCIL - Lightbulb AAAS Boo-lecular stencil - Lightbulb Download October 30, 2014 IT'S PUMPKIN CARVING TIME!This Halloween, show your love for Science with a AAAS pumpkin carving stencil.Free to download now! Exploring Careers at the Intersection of Science, Law & Business Podcast January 00, 1970 Do you have strong analytical skills and an understanding of complex technologies and their applications? Are you interested in a career that doesn’t limit you to working in a research lab? Then this webinar is for you! Physicist Elizabeth Simmons 5 Things About Me: Physicist Elizabeth Simmons Member Spotlight July 23, 2014 Particle theorist Elizabeth Simmons discovered her passion for physics as a high schooler in a summer astronomy program. Simmons enjoys fencing, baking bread, and appreciating great art—when she’s not working as a scholar, educator or dean. Patricia Burchat Stanford's Patricia Burchat merges engineering and physics to create new major Member Spotlight June 12, 2014 If there is one thing Stanford University professor Patricia Burchat loves more than physics, it's teaching physics. In high school, the subject came naturally and she often found herself imagining how she would explain scientific or math concepts to her classmates. "I was always thinking, 'I think they would understand it if it was explained this way,'" she said. EPiQS experimental investigator competition launched Friday, March 14, 2014 The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced a new experimental investigator program within its Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EpiQS) initiative. The experimental investigator program aims to boost discovery-driven research in the physics of quantum materials by providing a group of leading experimental scientists with substantial, flexible funding that gives them the freedom to explore and, if needed, change research directions. The experimental investigator awards will focus on people, rather than particular research topics, materials or techniques, and the awards are expected to relieve some of the leading scientists in the field from pressures and constraints of the current funding environment, thus maximizing their creativity. The investigators will become part of the EPiQS integrated research program that will involve experimental investigations, materials synthesis, theoretical research and a variety of collaboration- and community-building activities. Finding dark matter with light 2014 Annual Meeting: Finding dark matter with light Monday, February 17, 2014 It has long been hypothesized that a large portion of the universe is comprised of dark matter, although it remains elusive and unseen. Through its gravitational interactions with stars and gas, we can deduce that galaxies are swaddled in vast clouds of the stuff. Unfortunately, its tendency to interact very weakly, if at all, with ordinary matter makes it extremely difficult to examine experimentally. It’s never been observed any way other than through its gravitational pull.