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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  • Glasses paired with a newly designed sensor detect the motion of an intentionally closing eye, activating a range of hands-free tasks including typing or turning on a light. The device may one day help people with locked-in syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), and other disabilities, to communicate and perform routine activities.

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  • More than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s, according to “the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics,” which reports the majority has ended up in landfills or natural settings. Global production of plastic has grown rapidly in recent decades, surpassing many other man-made materials, yet there has been a lac...

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  • A 51-year-old female candidate for assistive hearing surgery has become the first patient to undergo robot-assisted cochlear implantation in a clinical trial, a procedure that involved a robotic device optimized for arguably the riskiest part of the surgery – drilling a tunnel deep into the inner ear.

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  • Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! Family Science Days is FREE and open to all, and features hands-on demos, shows, talks by scientists, and other activities appropriate for youth and their families. This free community science showcase is brought to you by AAAS, in partnership with the Cambridge Science Festival. T...

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  • Spraying insecticides indoors in locations identified as virus hotspots reduced future transmission of the dengue virus by up to 96%, a new analysis of an outbreak of the virus in Cairns, Australia, finds. The insecticides can last for months on treated surfaces. Pinpointing likely exposure sites as officials in Cairns did is a method that could be used to curb other mosquito-borne viruses, like Z...

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  • This course provides valuable information to scientists and science advocates who are concerned about policy decisions regarding scientific issues. It explains the most effective ways to communicate with Congress, whether by mail, email, phone call or in person. It also covers how to set up and prepare for a meeting with a congressional senator or representative, either in Washington, D.C. or in t...

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  • This course introduces several options for engaging in policy and explains how to pursue those options to effect change. It discusses why it is important for scientists to be engaged in the policymaking process and the various levels of possible engagement with highlights on policy fellowships, communicating science, working with Congress, and understanding the federal budget.

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  • Taking cues from one of the most agile flyers in the animal kingdom, scientists have created an extremely flexible flying robot. Their so-called “Bat Bot” not only elucidates the mechanisms of bat flight, but also propels the development of safer aerial automation for disaster rescue, personal assistance, construction work, and other classes of problems that require cooperation between humans and ...

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