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Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico -- New report

WASHINGTON - To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon - the largest oil spill in U.S. history - a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating ecological restoration activities. read more

Climate disasters increase risk of armed conflict in multi-ethnic countries

This finding, to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, can help in the design of security policies even more so since future global warming from human-made greenhouse-gas emissions will increase natural disasters and therefore likely also risks of conflicts and migration. read more

Hot news flash! Menopause, insomnia accelerate aging

Two separate UCLA studies reveal that menopause and the insomnia that often accompanies it make women age faster. The dual findings, respectively published July 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Biological Psychiatry, suggest these factors could increase women's risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death read more

‘Living hip replacement’ via stem cells–a tale of two news stories

Joy Victory is deputy managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. She tweets as @thejoyvictory. Last week about a dozen different news outlets reported on a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that researchers...Show More Summary

"Life Itself" Nominated for Best Documentary at the Emmy Awards

I am so happy to announce that "Life Itself," the wonderfully life-affirming documentary about my late husband Roger Ebert, was nominated for a Best Documentary Emmy by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The film was directed by award winning director, Steve James, and was produced by CNN Films and Kartemquin Films. Show More Summary

Nominations Announced for News and Documentary Emmy Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations today for the 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, with PBS leading the way with 54 nominations. Among the Big 4 broadcasters, CBS was well ahead of the...

The sun and the mooon could trigger earthquakes on the San Andreas fault

The same phenomenon that creates ocean tides is responsible for certain small "low-frequency" San Andreas fault earthquakes, according to new research. In a study recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, four scientists from the U.S. Show More Summary

Macular Degeneration Insight Identifies Promising Drugs to Prevent Vision Loss

In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a University of Wisconsin-Madison research team pinpoints how immune abnormalities beneath the retina result in macular degeneration, a common condition that often causes blindness.

Scientists Delve Into 'Black Box' of DNA Research

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers show that an unusual DNA repeat element on an inactive X chromosome is actually essential to the overall three-dimensional structure of this female-specific genetic phenomenon.

.@FoundationFFAR Launches Food & Ag Research Prize

The Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) has established a new National Academy of Sciences (NAS) prize for food and agriculture research. The $100,000 prize will be awarded to a mid-career researcher currently engaged in food & ag research. Show More Summary

Macro Musings Podcast: Robert Hall

My latest Macro Musings podcast is with Robert Hall. Bob is a professor of economics at Stanford University. He is the former president of the American Economic Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. Show More Summary

NAACP to film academy: Thumbs up (and keep going)

After inviting its most inclusive class of new members ever, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has received an endorsement from one key advocacy group: the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. NAACP national board of directors Chairman Roslyn M. Brock issued a statement...

News Briefs: Emmy win for Georgia Southern, CCI announces Civic Innovation Fellows, The Masquerade announces move and more

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), Southeast Chapter, awarded Georgia Southern University’s Multimedia Development Center (MDC) and Department of Music an Emmy Award for Best Live Audio.

Fukushima Wake Up Call

A new report, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, says, the 2011 disaster should serve as a wake-up call to nuclear plant operators and regulators on the crucial importance of measuring, maintaining, and restoring cooling in spent fuel pools - in the face of, severe accidents and terrorist attacks.

Positive Results From Brain Games May Be Just A Placebo Effect

last monthNews : Huffington Post

The brain-training apps that promise to improve memory and boost your IQ may have nothing more than a placebo effect, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday,...Show More Summary

Scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Scientists are getting closer to directly observing how and why water is essential to life as we know it. A study in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides the strongest evidence yet that proteins--the large and complex molecules that fold into particular shapes to enable biological reactions--can't fold themselves. read more

The limits of forensic science, and beyond

last monthHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Veronique Greenwood's story on a new method to infer someone's physical appearance from DNA evidence doubles as a skeptical mini-history of forensic science: In 2009 the National Academy of Sciences released a blistering report calling...Show More Summary

Grammys now recognizes streaming-only projects

The Grammys have always had a contentious history with hip-hop. But aside from frequently snubbing rappers, another egregious error of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has been its lack of recognition of streaming-only...Show More Summary

Fred Hutch Expert Available to Discuss NEJM Article on Biomarker Tests for Molecularly Targeted Therapies

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, an internationally recognized oncologist and health economist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a member of a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), is available to discuss biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies. Show More Summary

Particularly noxious

2 months agoBeauty / Perfume : Now Smell This

It's no secret that when abroad, travelers often find local residents' body odor particularly noxious. Now a study published in March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA shows that the degree of disgust we find in others' sweat may depend on whether we are thinking of them as part of our […]

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