Lots of new information to read!

Posted: October 14, 2012 in Events, Policy, Science

Sorry, less articles than usual this week. The Society for Neuroscience conference has been/will be consuming my life for the next few days.



Nobel Prizes for Medicine, Physics, and Chemistry announced this week.



American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News that discusses recent failed legislation regarding “reforming the immigration system to grant visas to highly skilled workers in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM).”



“National Academies Releases Report on Discipline-Based Education Research.”




“The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today released its report concerning genomics and privacy.”



“Increasing Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability, and Environmental Health”



“Jim Yong Kim, the new president of the World Bank, said in Tokyo today that dealing with climate change will be one of his priorities.”



“Today, more than 120 Floridians with expertise on sea level rise — scientists, engineers, city and county officials, and others — sent a letter to President Obama and Governor Romney, asking them to address sea level rise when they’re in Florida on October 22 for the final presidential debate in Boca Raton and to say what they would do to help Florida and other states deal with this very real threat.”



Innovation Economics, A Race for the Global Advantage, a new book published by Yale Press. “This important book delivers a critical wake-up call: a fierce global race for innovation advantage is under way, and while other nations are making support for technology and innovation a central tenet of their economic strategies and policies, America lacks a robust innovation policy.”



Article in the New York Times arguing against cuts to federal research spending.



“Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, has outlined what he anticipates will be the impacts of dramatic reductions in departmental and agency budgets that are scheduled to occur on January 2, 2013.” This AIP FYI contains experts from the report pertaining to research and development funding.



New study from University of Washington shows that without a car, King County has numerous food deserts (areas where there is limited access to low-cost, healthy food).



NPR article discussing why apple tress are so much smaller in the US and Europe than in the rest of the world.



“U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen are introducing legislation in Congress that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for in-vitro fertilization for veterans who suffer spinal cord or other injuries that damage their reproductive abilities.”



“A well-attended debate over Initiative 502, which would legalize and tax sales of up to 1 ounce of marijuana in Washington state, proved both lively and good theater Wednesday night at the University of Washington.”



“Medical and graduate students will get the chance to sequence and interpret their own genomes in what is being billed as the first-ever course to offer whole-genome sequencing. Mount Sinai Medical School is offering the elective course “”Practical Analysis of Your Personal Genome,” this year. The goal is to teach upcoming physicians how sequencing information might impact clinical care.”



In response to a British teenager who suffered a perforated stomach after drinking a cocktail that used liquid nitrogen to cool and produce smoke. “Doctors use liquid nitrogen — a substance registering a wickedly cold 321 degrees below zero Fahrenheit — to freeze warts so they dry up and fall off. Yes, folks, this stuff kills tissue. So imagine what it might do to your stomach if you drink some.”



New study published in Nature demonstrating that GABA can be released from dopaminergic neurons in the striatum. As the striatum is involved in a variety of behaviors such as movement, motivation, and reward, this research has far reaching implications. Nature subscription required.



Mice, similar to humans and birds, may have the ability to sing.


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