The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an American international non-profit organization with the stated goals of promoting cooperation among scientists, defending scientific freedom, encouraging scientific responsibility, and supporting scientific education and science outreach for the betterment of all humanity. It is the world's largest general scientific society, with over 120,000 members, and is the publisher of the well-known scientific journal Science, which had a weekly circulation of 138,549 in 2008.

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  • What is the history of science on women? 2015 award winner Angela Saini’s new book Inferior delves into centuries of sexism and bias in the scientific research of women that contributed to the ideas we have about women’s roles in society today. Exactly what evolutionary ideas are flawed and what have the repercussions been? Saini sat with us to discuss her research and also taking on the task of j...

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  • In this video, Anna Nordbeck of Swedish Public Television (SVT) discusses her team’s research and findings that exposed the shortcomings of surgeon Paolo Macchiarini’s plastic tracheas, which killed almost all his patients. She reflects on the role the Karolinska Institute played in his investigation and the challenges of building and maintaining a working relationship with Macchiarini, who denie...

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  • This sad story has a happy ending. Jop de Vrieze and Zvezdana Vukojevic discuss the challenges and triumphs of reporting the personal story of their son’s stillbirth, which won them the 2016 Gold Award in Large Newspaper. Their story shares a glimpse into the Dutch prenatal care system and the differences in care between midwives and gynecologists. Please visit https://sjawards.aaas.org/ for more...

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  • What does it mean to do science journalism in the age of YouTube, Snapchat and other short-form mediums? Richard Hudson, 2016 TV award judge and former director of Science Production for Twin Cities Public Television, sits with us to talk the exciting possibilities of science video journalism from TV to the web. Please visit https://sjawards.aaas.org/ for more information on the AAAS Kavli Scien...

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  • Two-time AAAS Kavli Award winner Andrew Revkin has a 30+ year career covering climate. His first story on climate impacting humans won the 1985 award in Magazine. In this video, he discusses how the narrative on climate has changed throughout the 80s and 90s as well as the challenges discussing climate change for online platforms. Revkin also discusses his decision to join ProPublica as a Senior R...

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  • Award-winning journalist Richard Harris spoke on "Bad Science, Good Science: Covering Medical Research" on Nov. 2, 2017. His lecture was recorded at the University of Texas at Austin, in the auditorium of the Belo Center for New Media. It was part of the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award lecture series, and he is a three-time award winner. Please visit https://sjawards.aaas.org/ for more inform...

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  • Charles Piller’s reporting found that researchers at leading medical institutions had routinely disregarded a law requiring public reporting of study results to the federal government’s ClinicalTrials.gov database, thereby depriving patients and doctors of information that would help them better compare the effectiveness and side effects of treatments for diseases such as advanced breast cancer. N...

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  • Almost 30 years after his first genetic engineering story, writer Stephen S. Hall circled back to the topic with a CRISPR story on agriculture, specifically preventing decomposition of store-bought mushrooms. Hall says he frequently revisits past stories and is inspired by new developments that take place. In this video, he gives us a look into his writing style, structure, what he avoids and why ...

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  • J.B. MacKinnon's winning Magazine story sheds some light on the mind of high-sensation seekers, specifically ropeless rock climber Alex Honnold. MacKinnon reflects on his inspiration for the story and shares how he approached Honnold, who recently completed his greatest climb. Please visit https://sjawards.aaas.org/ for more information on the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards. And follow us o...

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  • A massive pulse of magma exacerbated die-offs at the end of the Cretaceous period, a new study suggests, and should be considered alongside the Chicxulub impact and the Deccan Traps as a contributor to major environmental change during this period, when some three-quarters of Earth’s plant and animal species were wiped out. The findings provide further insights into the possible causes of one of t...

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  • Scientists have created a potent antibacterial agent that killed drug-resistant microbes and even eradicated stubborn pathogens growing in biofilms, which can be 10 to 1,000 times more tolerant to antibiotics than free-living bacteria. They say the compound, a short protein fragment called SAAP-148, could be a promising drug candidate in the ongoing battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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  • Engineers in Japan have constructed two humanoids that successfully replicate human-like movement during physical activity. The robots, named Kengoro and Kenshiro, can perform multiple push-ups, crunches, stretches and other whole-body exercises – feats not possible for earlier versions of human-mimicking bots to perform. Kengoro and Kenshiro’s developers say the humanoids may help researchers bet...

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  • Robert Shepherd is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University where he also runs a soft-robotics lab. “I just am fascinated by animal physiology,” he says. “The technical challenge to us as scientists and engineers is, well, biology can do this … how can we replicate that with our available tools? It’s a puzzle to solve.” Read more about Robert Shepherd...

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  • When Christopher Williams, a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, was a child, he and his brothers used to walk down to Herring Run in his native Baltimore to collect specimen for some of his earliest science experiments. Read more about Christopher Williams: https://www.aaas.org/blog/member-spotlight/christopher-williams-shows-kids-biology-cool

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  • AAAS members answer the question “In three words, what would your students say they learned about you?” Read more about AAAS members who are science teachers: https://www.aaas.org/blog/member-spotlight.

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  • “I view the 25 million years that separate our brain from the monkey brain not as time in which we developed really brand new ways of doing neural computation, but rather by having bigger brains, we can make decisions about decisions, effectively cascading the processes.” Read more about Michael Shadlen: https://www.aaas.org/blog/member-spotlight/michael-shadlen-eyes-angel-dust-alan-turing-and-de...

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  • An “amazing” ten-week stint at National Geographic in Washington, DC, settled the question for Shaena Montanari —a  young paleontologist who had already published extensively and held a number of postdoctoral posts. She said she’s now “100 percent sure” she’s going to pursue a career as a full-time science communicator. Read more about Shaena Montanari: https://www.aaas.org/blog/member-spotlight/...

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  • Vivekanand Vimal, a newly minted neuroscience PhD from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has won the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition's inaugural student digital media competition for his wide-ranging three-part podcast that considers whether access to information is a basic human right. Read more about Vivekanand Vimal: https://www.aaas.org/blog/member-spotlight/vivekanand-vi...

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