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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  • 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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  • 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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