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Live Webcast Monday on Testing Chemicals for Toxicity

On Monday, May 11, watch a live webcast of the symposium on Toxicity Pathway-Based Risk Assessment: Preparing for Paradigm Change from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

Please refresh this page after 8:25 a.m. on Monday, May 11, for a link to the webcast audio.

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Oyster Farm Unlikely to Have Substantial Impact on Drakes Estero Ecosystem

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May. 5 -- A new report from the National Research Council finds a lack of evidence that the current level of oyster farming has major adverse effects on the ecosystem of Drakes Estero -- a body of water north of San Francisco within Point Reyes National Seashore. Furthermore, National Park Service reports never achieved a rigorous and balanced synthesis of the impacts from oyster farming in the estero.

Futures Initiative Awards $1 Million for Bold Research Proposals

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May. 7 -- The National Academies have announced the recipients of its 2008 Futures grants for 23 projects to support interdisciplinary research on complex systems such as financial markets, communication networks, and ecosystems. The grant recipients participated in the conference "Complex Systems," held last November.

President Obama Addresses NAS Annual Meeting

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Apr. 28 -- In a speech to National Academy of Sciences members gathered for the Academy's 146th annual meeting, President Barack Obama announced major initiatives to boost research funding and bolster math and science education. He said he was restoring science to its rightful place, and urged NAS members to join him in creative efforts to engage young people in science.

Academy Elects 72 New Members

Apr. 28 -- The National Academy of Sciences today elected 72 new members and 18 foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded to a U.S. scientist or engineer. Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,150.

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IOM Releases Guide on Pandemic Flu

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May. 5 -- Cases of the novel influenza strain of swine origin -- known as H1N1 -- that spread rapidly through Mexico in April 2009 are now appearing around the globe, and pandemic response plans are being activated to meet the threat to public health. [more]

Potential Cure for Collapse of Bee Colonies

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Apr. 30 -- Scientists in Spain have successfully isolated and treated Nosema ceranae, a parasite that is one possible cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) -- a mysterious syndrome that’s caused approximately 50 percent of hives to disappear in recent years. [more]

Partnerships Recommended for Protection From Piracy

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Apr. 24 -- Since the beginning of 2009, more than 60 ships have been attacked off the coast of Somalia. The recent activity of pirates in the vicinity of the Gulf of Aden has been a growing concern for the international community. [more]

Earth Day 2009

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Apr. 16 -- April 22 marks the 39th anniversary of Earth Day, a day of celebration and activism intended to raise awareness of environmental issues. In 1970 the Environmental Teach-In, led by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes, helped organize around 20 million demonstrators to show support for a policy agenda focused on these concerns. [more]

All Good Things in Moderation -- Especially Red Meat

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Apr. 9 -- It should be no surprise that extreme eating habits can be detrimental to one’s health. Supporting prior evidence of the harm of overdoing red and processed meats, a recent National Cancer Institute study of more than a half million older Americans found that a diet high in these foods causes a modest but statistically significant increase in the risk of death from heart disease and cancer. [more]

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