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How can the choices you make every day affect your health? Our interactive Life Lab exhibit challenges you to find out how small changes can make a big difference at every age.  
 
The exhibit features videos, interactive games, and a driving simulator. Explore the human brain and learn about the science of memory, consider why we age and the changes associated with different stages of life, and try your hand at applying dietary guidelines to plan healthy meals. Visit the exhibit online, or stop by the museum!

Aug. 3: Symposium - The NAS at 150

Historians and scientists will gather on Saturday, August 3, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in a symposium entitled “The NAS at 150: Celebrating Service to the Nation and Excellence in Science.”
 
The symposium will take place at the Jonsson Center in Woods Hole, Mass. and will be webcast live from 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. Click here to access the webcast.
 
The symposium was organized and will be led by historians Daniel Kevles, Ruth Schwartz Cowan, and Peter Westwick. Daniel Kevles will provide an overview of the founding of the Academy and its place in American democracy, Peter Westwick will speak about how the Academy has served national interests while striving to maintain its independence, and Ruth Schwartz Cowan will discuss the expanded meaning of the sciences in the Academy’s history. The talks by Drs. Westwick and Cowan will each be followed by roundtable discussions with panelists who are familiar with the work of the Academy and with the issues raised in the talks.
 
More information about this symposium.
 
More information about NAS history.

New Video: Energy Technologies & Manmade Earthquakes

Some energy production activities can produce small manmade earthquakes. A new video from the National Academies explains the conditions that have produced such earthquakes during activities related to conventional oil and gas, hydraulic fracturing, geothermal energy, and the injection of wastewater for underground disposal. The video also explores the potential for earthquakes to develop from use of new energy technologies such as carbon capture and storage.
 
The video is based on the National Research Council report Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies.

World Hepatitis Day

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, a day to recognize and confront the global burden of hepatitis. 500 million people around the world are currently infected with chronic hepatitis B or C and one in three people have been exposed to one or both viruses. Together, these viruses kill approximately one million people a year.
 
World Hepatitis Day is one of only four official disease-specific days recognized by the World Health Organization. Hepatitis is a disease marked by inflammation of the liver and can have a wide range of causes; one of the most common causes of chronic (long-term) hepatitis is viral infection. One such virus, hepatitis B, can be prevented through vaccination. In this creative video, three unwise monkeys tell us why we should know and confront hepatitis.
 
Explore the science of infectious disease and trace the emergence and spread of global public health challenges in the Koshland Science Museum’s online exhibit Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health.
 
Learn about prevention and control of this disease in the Institute of Medicine book Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C.

July 25: At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy

Join members of the scientific and foreign policy communities for a reception to launch the new program series At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Anthony “Bud” Rock, CEO of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, will introduce “science diplomacy” and program organizers will offer a taste of the exciting programs to come.
 
Throughout the fall, the Crossroads series will examine themes such as forecasting, empowerment, revolution, and emerging markets. Each program will feature a moderated conversation between invited experts as well as provide a forum for active discussion about the commonalities and differences between the perspectives and approaches of the science and foreign policy communities.  
 
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please RSVP here. Light refreshments will be served. The program will be held at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., NW, Washington, DC.
 
This program is a collaboration between the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and the Koshland Science Museum.

Call for Volunteers: Test a New Online Toxicology Tutorial

Want to know whether the chemicals you come in contact with are harmful to your health? So do toxicologists. The science of toxicology helps uncover the causes of chemical and biological hazards and seeks solutions to improve health and safety.
 
ToxLearn, a project of the National Library of Medicine and the Society of Toxicology, introduces the basic principles of toxicology to the public. Module II of this free, online tutorial will soon be available, and the ToxLearn developers are looking for beta testers before rolling out a full release.
 
To volunteer to test the tutorial now through August 2, email Phil Wexler at wexlerp@mail.nih.gov. Volunteers will be sent a copy of the module and a brief questionnaire. For additional background, view ToxLearn Module I.

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