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“America Speaks” Poll Shows Health Research is Key to Economic Recovery

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By Mary Woolley, President of Research!America Research!America’s 12th edition of America Speaks, an annual summary of our public opinion polls, shows that Americans are deeply concerned about our country’s ability to create jobs and compete globally. In fact, 77 percent of those polled say that the U.S. is losing its competitive edge in science, technology and innovation and more than half of Americans (58 percent) do not believe we are making enough progress in medical Read More >

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HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology

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By David Welch, President/Senior Producer at M2 MultiMedia When the HIV/AIDS epidemic became widely known in the early 1980s I lived in San Francisco. I lost many dear friends during those years. That made working on “HIV/AIDS and Biotechnology” very personal to me. Thirty years later and despite an all-too-common public perception that this terrible disease has been solved, the research to find a vaccine is actually more important than ever. The sad truth is that Read More >

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IBM’s Watson: From Jeopardy! to Drug Research

IBM's Watson Computer System Plays Jeopardy! in a Practice Round

Bits of technology from I.B.M.’s Watson are beginning to be used in actual products available to corporate clients. The cloud-based Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform “uses data mining, natural-language processing and analytics to pore through millions of patent filings and biomedical journals to look for chemical compounds used in drug discovery.” As a byproduct of this project, I.B.M. is contributing their research to the searchable NIH chemical database, which will ease access to information previously Read More >

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AAAS Trains Student Scientists in the Art of Science Communication

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Rahman A. Culver, project director, American Association for the Advancement of Science From grant writing to interaction with their community, today’s young scientists must also be able science communicators. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship seeks to increase communication skills in student scientists. The lessons they learn through the fellowship experience will benefit their career path and help them increase public understanding of science and technology. Read More >

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Biomedical Innovation: How the U.S. Can Stay Number One

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By Ross DeVol, chief research officer of the Milken Institute “The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation,” declared President Obama in his last State of the Union speech. A logical place to start is making sure that where we hold a lead, we keep it. Today, the U.S. has such a lead in biomedical innovation — the process of transforming scientific discoveries into vaccines, diagnostics, devices and therapies that improve and Read More >

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