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Data on People’s Self-Reported ‘Experienced’ Well-Being Could Help Inform Policies

A new report from the National Research Council says gathering survey data on “experienced” well-being – the self-reported levels of contentment, joy, stress, frustration, and other feelings people experience – would be valuable to inform policies and practices in such areas as end of life care, commuting, child custody laws, city planning, and more.   
 

New Report Calls Attention to Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change has increased concern over possible changes in Earth’s physical climate system, including its atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans. Some of these changes could occur abruptly—within a few decades or even years—leaving little time for society and ecosystems to adapt. In a new report, an expert panel assembled by the National Research Council summarizes the current state of knowledge about abrupt climate change.

New Insights on How False Memories are Formed

Past research has suggested that memories are somewhat dynamic, rather than being set in stone. As a result, people can develop “memories” of events that never actually happened. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) used MRI brain scanning to pinpoint the region of the brain responsible for flexible memory processes that allow people to revise memories to include new (and sometimes false) information.
 

Science Academies Issue Call for Action on Antimicrobial Resistance

The Global Network of Science Academies (IAP) and the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) recently issued a joint statement on "Antimicrobial Resistance: A Call for Action" highlighting the critical role that antimicrobial drugs play in today's medical practices and drawing attention to the dramatic increases in the number of pathogens developing resistance to these drugs.

Scientists Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Among the recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom are Daniel Kahneman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Mario Molina, a member of the NAS and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded this year on Nov. 20 at the White House, is the nation's highest civilian honor. It is presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

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