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2010-12-31 07:05:00

A budget crisis in the American government is threatening the country's domination in science and technology that could weaken research investment just as other countries such as China are boosting scientific spending, according to US experts. Republicans, who won back the majority of the House of Representatives in November's mid-term elections, have promised to cut federal spending in order to reverse the massive national deficit that has grown to nearly 10 percent of US gross domestic...

2009-11-19 08:29:15

"All of us together are smarter than any one of us alone," social-media pioneer Anil Dash said when asked why the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has launched Expert Labs. An independent effort to enhance the policy-making process, Expert Labs will leverage and extend new social networking platforms "“ a technological realm popularized by public systems such as Facebook and Twitter. "There has been a lot of attention on how the government is using new...

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2009-07-10 06:43:31

According to a recent poll, the share of Americans who consider achievements in science to be among the nation's greatest accomplishments is on the decline. The Pew Research Center poll found that 27 percent of Americans believe the nation's greatest accomplishments are in science. That number is down from 47 percent a decade ago. Even though technology has had a greater role in everyday life through the increased accessibility of mobile phones, personal computers, and the Internet, "Big...

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2009-03-24 10:40:00

Leading members of the Texas scientific community, in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), have urged the Texas State Board of Education to reject amendments to the state's draft science standards that would undermine sound science teaching. The board is to take a final vote on the standards on Friday, March 27. In a 23 March letter to Chairman Don McLeroy and the other members of the Texas board, the scientists said certain amendments, introduced...

2008-07-02 06:00:18

By Mirkes, Renee On February 8th, 2007, the Max Planck Society released a statement summarizing the results of a study1 headed up by neuroscience researcher, John-Dylan Haynes. According to the report, the Haynes experiment demonstrated "how and where the brain stores [a person's] intentions." The study's conclusion-"that spatial response patterns in medial and lateral prefrontal cortex encode a subject's covert intention in a highly specific fashion"2-followed from an experimental design...

2005-10-25 20:25:47

A measure designed to restrict colleges, universities and research institutions from purchasing laboratory animals from some suppliers could have a "very serious" impact on health and agricultural research and on the U.S. economy, AAAS said Tuesday in a letter to Congress. AAAS has long advocated responsible use of animals for medical and other research. The letter, sent to 28 members of a House-Senate conference committee and signed by AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner, urges that the measure be...

2005-07-14 16:55:00

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has expressed deep concern about a congressional demand for detailed documentation on the scientific work and professional history of three researchers whose studies suggest temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere are warmer than they have been for a thousand years. In a July 13 letter to U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner said the committee's requests to the...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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