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Our digital afterlife

It's a problem unique to the 21st century: What happens to your digital self after you die? Social media pages and accounts often turn into memorials when someone dies, giving people a chance to still feel connected to those they've lost. But after we're gone, who owns the information on our pages? Who can access them? Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University (ASU), will explore this topic in his discussion at the AAAS annual meeting.
Tags: Science, AAAS, Arizona State University ASU, Faheem Hussain

Using satellites and machine learning to protect food security in Eastern Africa

Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, Africa Program Lead for NASA Harvest, is helping countries there build systems to monitor crops based on NASA's and European Space Agency's free satellite data, allowing them to make life-saving decisions related to food security sooner and with a deeper evidence-base. Speaking at the AAAS meeting in Seattle on Saturday at 8, Convention Center room 611, Nakalembe will describe NASA's involvement in agriculture and new efforts to do crop health assessments using machine l...
Tags: Science, Africa, Nasa, European Space Agency, Seattle, AAAS, Eastern Africa, Catherine Nakalembe, Nakalembe

Journalism is an 'attack surface' for those who spread misinformation

For all the benefits in the expansion of the media landscape, we're still struggling with the spread of misinformation -- and the damage is especially worrisome when it comes to information about science and health. Dan Gillmor, co-founder of the News Co/Lab at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will discuss his work on improving media literacy during a panel presentation on Feb. 15 as part of the AAAS annual meeting in Seattle, Washington.
Tags: Science, AAAS, Dan Gillmor, News Co Lab

Computer-generated genomes

Professor Beat Christen, ETH Zurich to speak in the AAAS 2020 session, 'Synthetic Biology: Digital Design of Living Systems.' Christen will describe how computational algorithms paired with chemical DNA synthesis enable digital manufacturing of biological systems up to the size of entire microbial genomes. He will present insights related to the design, building and testing of a computer-generated bacterial genome and discuss how algorithms simplify the synthesis of genomes to advance understand...
Tags: Science, AAAS, Beat Christen ETH Zurich, Digital Design of Living Systems Christen

Coral reefs: Centuries of human impact

In her AAAS talk, ASU researcher Katie Cramer outlines the evidence of the long-ago human footprints that set the stage for the recent coral reef die-offs we are witnessing today. Her studies have examined the origins of Caribbean coral reef declines by tracking changes over the past 3,000 years in the composition of a variety of fossils found in reef sediment cores she collected from Panama, including coral skeletons, fish teeth, urchin spines, mollusk shells, and others.
Tags: Science, Panama, Caribbean, Asu, AAAS, Katie Cramer

Trafficking industry hit as ‘sex worker’ chatbots fool thousands

Campaign to lure men seeking to buy sex triggers big decline in online searches in SeattleSex trafficking in a US city was significantly disrupted by a non-profit group that deployed decoy chatbots in conversations with tens of thousands of men.During a two-year period, Seattle Against Slavery posted fake online adverts that connected people with chatbots that initially posed as sex workers, before delivering a deterrence message. The campaign, which also involved placing more than 2m Google adv...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Prostitution, US, Society, World news, US news, Seattle, Sex trade, AAAS, Chatbots, SeattleSex, Seattle Against Slavery

AAAS panel focuses on roadmap to 'radical transformation of the AI research enterprise'

At an upcoming panel at AAAS, Lehigh University's Dan Lopresti and the Computing Community Consortium will present a twenty-year roadmap for artificial intelligence (AI) research in the U.S., offering a vision of a strategic path to unleashing the full potential of AI for the greatest societal benefit
Tags: Science, AAAS, AAAS Lehigh University, Dan Lopresti, Computing Community Consortium

Synthetic biology: Risk reduction, uncertainty and ethics

Joyce Tait, Founder and co-Director of the Innogen Institute -- a partnership with the University of Edinburgh and The Open University in the United Kingdom to speak during the AAAS 2020 session on 'Synthetic Biology: Digital Design of Living Systems.' She will explore the re-engineering of biological components through computational modelling and bio-systems design technologies and how they will require new frameworks for adaptive and responsible regulation.
Tags: Science, United Kingdom, Open University, University of Edinburgh, AAAS, Joyce Tait Founder, Innogen Institute

Designer proteins

David Baker, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Washington to speak at the AAAS 2020 session, 'Synthetic Biology: Digital Design of Living Systems.' Prof. Baker to identify how algorithmic processes such as de novo design, predict protein structures, protein folding mechanisms, and new protein functions.
Tags: Science, University of Washington, AAAS, David Baker Professor of Biochemistry, Digital Design of Living Systems Prof Baker

Study finds first major discovery in hydroformylation in 50 years

In a new study published in Science, an AAAS publication, LSU chemistry professor emeritus George Stanley and fellow LSU researchers from the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biological Sciences discovered a new cationic cobalt bisphosphine hydroformylation catalyst system that is highly active and extremely robust.
Tags: Science, LSU, AAAS, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biological Sciences, George Stanley

How the Female Scientist Who Discovered the Greenhouse Gas Effect Was Forgotten by History

In the early 19th century, Aristotle’s Meteorologica still guided scientific ideas about the climate. The model “sprang from the ancient Greek concept of klima,” as Ian Beacock writes at The Atlantic, a static scheme that “divided the hemispheres into three fixed climatic bands: polar cold, equatorial heat, and a zone of moderation in the middle.” It wasn’t until the 1850s that the study of climate developed into what historian Deborah Cohen describes as “dynamic climatology.” Indeed, 120 years...
Tags: Google, Gender, Science, College, Atlantic, Smithsonian, Marie Curie, Association, Aristotle, Facebook Twitter, AAAS, Tyndall, Foote, Josh Jones, Deborah Cohen, Exxon Mobile

Study suggests that Flat Eartherism spread via Youtube

The rise in a belief that the Earth is flat is bizarre and somewhat frightening, a repudiation of one of the most basic elements of scientific consensus. Texas Tech University psych researcher Asheley R. Landrum attended a 2017 flat earth convention and interviewed 30 attendees to trace the origins of their belief in a flat earth, finding that Youtube videos were key to their journey into conspiracy theories; her findings were bolstered by a survey of more than 500 participants. Landrum pre...
Tags: Post, Science, News, US, Earth, Scholarship, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Conspiracy Theories, Ross, Sargent, Texas Tech University, Denialism, Carrie, AAAS, Landrum, Mark Sargent

AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'

Techniques used to analyse data are producing misleading and often wrong results, critics say.
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How to feed the world by 2050? Recent breakthrough boosts plant growth by 40 percent

Recent advances to address hunger through agricultural discovery will be highlighted at this year's annual meeting of the AAAS. Session speaker and University of Illinois professor Donald Ort will discuss the global food security challenge and a recent breakthrough in Science that boosted crop growth by 40 percent by creating a shortcut for a glitch that plagues most food crops.
Tags: Science, University Of Illinois, AAAS, Donald Ort

UF/IFAS Administrator Selected as Prestigious Leshner Fellow by AAAS

Now that the American Association for the Advancement of Science has selected Roger Kjelgren as a Leshner Fellow, he hopes to increase participation in urban food and water security.
Tags: Science, UF IFAS, AAAS, Roger Kjelgren

At AAAS: Reducing bird-related tragedy through understanding bird behavior

Bird-human actions can end in tragedy -- for bird as well as human. William & Mary professor John Swaddle believes technology and a solid understanding of bird behavior can make those tragedies less frequent, and is working on a pair of initiatives designed to minimize unpleasant results of bird-human interactions.
Tags: Science, AAAS, William Mary, John Swaddle

AAAS Announces 2017 Fellows

A recognized global leader in chromatographic bioprocessing, Steven Cramer, the William Weightman Walker Professor of Polymer Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Election as a AAAS fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Tags: Science, AAAS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Steven Cramer

Applied Mathematician Qiang Du Elected an AAAS Fellow

Qiang Du, the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics, has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his "distinguished contributions to the field of applied and computational mathematics, particularly for theoretical analysis and numerical simulations of mathematical models in various applications."
Tags: Science, AAAS, Qiang Du, Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics

Two Los Alamos Scientists Honored by AAAS

Prominent researchers Angel E. Garcia and Laura Smilowitz of Los Alamos National Laboratory have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon Association members by their peers.
Tags: Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Association, AAAS, Angel E Garcia, Laura Smilowitz

Four Rutgers Professors Named Fellows of AAAS

Four Rutgers University professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance human knowledge. The honorees, representing Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), will be presented with official certificates and gold and blue rosette pins - the colors representing science and engineering - at the Feb. 17 AAAS A...
Tags: Science, Rutgers University, AAAS, AAAS Annual Meeting, Rutgers University New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences RBHS

Ethan Schreier Recognized by the AAAS for His Work in Advancing Science

Dr. Ethan J. Schreier, who recently retired as president of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Tags: Science, AAAS, Associated Universities Inc AUI, Ethan Schreier, Ethan J Schreier

AAAS launches SciLine, new service for journalists to enhance science coverage

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces the launch of SciLine, a new service that will provide journalists with high-quality scientific expertise and context -- on demand and on deadline.
Tags: Science, AAAS

How to Save the World From an Asteroid: Experts on Asteroid Deflection

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Dec. 7, 2016--Scott Crooker, of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Condensed Matter and Magnet Science group, and William Charles Louis III, of the Laboratory's Physics Division, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
Tags: Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, AAAS, Scott Crooker, William Charles Louis III

Trump's budget screws over climate research, but don't freak out yet

Shots fired.  President Donald Trump may be 6,000 miles away from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, but that didn't stop him from launching an all-out assault on climate science and related energy research. The weapon of choice? His fiscal year 2018 budget proposal. The cuts are staggering in scope, and the consequences are already starting as federal employees and contractors — spooked by the figures out this week — begin job searching in earnest.  SEE ALSO: Trump might pick a non-scientist to...
Tags: Europe, National Weather Service, Science, Congress, Washington, China, America, Barack Obama, Usda, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Darpa, Noaa, Epa, Greenland

Why Did Kellyanne Conway Consult For America's Top Science Organization?

You might not associate our fleshy president’s senior counselor Kellyanne Conway with science, seeing as she popularized the term “alternative facts.” But her consulting firm received thousands of dollars from the world’s largest organization of scientists, reports STAT.Read more...
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, AAAS, Kellyanne Conway, The Word Irony Used Correctly, America s Top Science Organization

[Association Affairs] AAAS seeks to uphold science's role in policy-making

Scientists at Annual Meeting urged to build relationships with all levels of government Author: Becky Ham
Tags: Science, AAAS, Association Affairs

Inductive heating of Magnetic Nanoparticles enables safe thawing of cryopreserved transplant organs

A new study reveals that nanotechnology can be used to rapidly rewarm cryogenically treated samples without damaging delicate frozen tissues, which may someday help make organ cryopreservation a reality. More than 60% of the hearts and lungs donated for transplantation must be discarded annually, because these tissues cannot be kept on ice for longer than four hours. According to recent estimates, if only half of unused organs were successfully transplanted, transplant waiting lists could be eli...
Tags: Science, Technology, Medicine, Minneapolis, Innovation, Nanoparticles, AAAS, University of Minnesota, Cryonics

[In Brief] News at a glance

In science news around the world, China sees a spike in cases of H7N9 infection, India plans a follow-up Mars mission and considers a mission to Venus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture restores some of the tens of thousands of animal welfare documents scrubbed from its website earlier this month, NASA says its Juno spacecraft will remain in a long orbit around Jupiter to avoid possible engine misfire, and more. Also, the U.S. Senate confirms former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Env...
Tags: Science, China, India, Nasa, Mars, Oklahoma, Jupiter, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Venus, U S Senate, U S Department of Agriculture, AAAS

[Association Affairs] New AAAS president emphasizes making the case for science

Susan Hockfield has built support for major research initiatives Author: Michaela Jarvis
Tags: Science, AAAS, Association Affairs, Susan Hockfield

AAAS chief puts weight behind protest march

April's pro-science Washington rally has the full backing of the world's largest scientific membership organisation.
Tags: Science, Washington, AAAS

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