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Scientists-Turned-Reporters Find "a Real Sense of Accomplishment" as AAAS Media Fellows

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Scientists-Turned-Reporters Find "a Real Sense of Accomplishment" as AAAS Media Fellows

Tim De Chant, who is working toward his doctorate in environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley, has written for a well-regarded campus science magazine that appears once a semester. But that did not prepare him for the deadline intensity of a big city newspaper.De Chant is among 14 science and engineering students, most of them working on doctorates, who were selected to participate in this year's AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program. De Chant spent his summer at The Chicago Tribune, where he quickly had to adjust to the pace of daily journalism. Soon after he arrived, he was assigned to cover a morning briefing at the Field Museum on the scanning of a 2,200-year-old mummy with new X-ray technology. He returned to the office by 11:30 a.m. and wrote a piece that was posted on the Tribune's web site by 2:00 p.m. and published in the next morning's paper.


By AAAS, USA.


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Internet Security Program as an Archaeological Tool

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Internet Security Program as an Archaeological Tool

A CAPTCHA is a distorted string of numbers or letters that must be read and typed, acting as a security measure on the World Wide Web. You might have solved a CAPTCHA before in order to gain entry into a secure website such as an email provider, ticket seller, social network, or blog. Now, researchers have modified the basic algorithm behind this online security program to help recognize words from faded texts that computerized optical character recognition programs are unable to decipher.


By AAAS , USA.


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AAAS Meetings with UK, Irish Science Leaders Yield New Ideas for Collaboration

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AAAS Meetings with UK, Irish Science Leaders Yield New Ideas for Collaboration

A whirlwind trip to the United Kingdom and Ireland, led by AAAS President James J. McCarthy, reaffirmed old ties and produced new ideas for future cooperative ventures.The three-day visit, from 8-10 July, took McCarthy and AAAS Director for International Cooperation Tom Wang to Cambridge, London, and Dublin for a series of meetings with top officials in research, science education, government, and other science and engineering fields. McCarthy described the reception as gracious and the talks as wide-ranging.


By AAAS , USA.


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Science Supervisors Say Well-Designed Curricula Drive Science Literacy

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Science Supervisors Say Well-Designed Curricula Drive Science Literacy

With state and local school officials placing increased emphasis on helping their students improve their performance in science, 11 top state education officials met at a AAAS Project 2061 workshop in an effort to develop new ways to promote broad scientific-literacy.During a three-day workshop at AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., the participants—all members of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS), an organization of leaders who direct statewide efforts to improve science education—heard from colleagues about the challenges they face on the front lines.


By AAAS, USA.


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