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    Book Discussion on The Stuff of Thought

    Steven Pinker talked about his book, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, published by Penguin. He talked about the relationship between language and the way…

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    Book Discussion on The Blank Slate

    Professor Pinker talked about his book, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature, published by Viking. In it, he describes three major theories that have shaped our…

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    The Morrill Act of 1862 and Land-Grant Universities

    A look at The Morrill Act and its effect on the system of higher education. Panelists include five Presidents from different colleges and universities across the country. They…

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    John Holdren Remarks on Climate Change

    Mr. Holdren spoke about greenhouse gas emissions, global climate change and future policy options. He focused on mitigating the impact of global warming and adapting current…

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    The Founding of the National Academy of Science

    A look at the development of a national science infrastructure in America. In this discussion held at the Library of Congress, panelists talk about the establishment of the National…

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    Animal and Human Cloning Data

    Dr. Wilmut discussed the applicability of animal cloning data to human cloning. He was the scientist who cloned the sheep “Dolly” in Scotland. Dr. Van…

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    President Obama Remarks at National Academy of Sciences

    President Obama spoke to researchers and scientists about the importance of investing in scientific research and innovation even while the country went through economic hardships. He…

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    Consumer Genetic Testing Issues

    The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine held a symposium to explore the health, policy, and ethical implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

    Scientists spoke…

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    Regulation of Genetic Testing

    The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine held a symposium to explore the health, policy, and ethical implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

    In the second of…

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    Report on 2001 Anthrax Letters

    Officials spoke to reporters and answered questions about a seven-year investigation of the 2001 anthrax letters mailed to Washington, D.C., and New York City. The investigating…

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    Book Discussion on Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future

    John Cox talked about his book Climate Crash: Abrupt Climate Change and What It Means for Our Future, published by Joseph Henry Press. He writes that changes in global climate are…

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    Human Reproductive Cloning

    In sometimes heated exchanges, a panel of experts questioned scientists about their plans to begin human cloning research. Among the issues addressed were ethical concerns, the safety…

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    Human Cloning Research

    Scientists provided background information, including embryology, scientific issues underlying cloning, the role of mitochondria, and other topics. After their presentations they…

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    Genetic Testing and Research

    The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine held a symposium to explore the health, policy, and ethical implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

    Scientists in panel…

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    Genetic Testing and Privacy

    The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine held a symposium to explore the health, policy, and ethical implications of direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

    In the third of four…

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    African-Americans and the Space Program

    At a program celebrating African-American History Month, former astronaut Dr. Harris, the first African-American to walk in space, talked about the contributions of African-Americans…

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    Human Cloning Public Policy Issues

    Professors talked about the ethics of human cloning for both therapeutic and reproductive reasons. Among the topics they addressed were methods of cloning, potential dangers involved,…

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    Hubble Space Telescope

    The National Academies Space Studies Board met to examine ways to extend the useful life of the Hubble space telescope. They heard presentations from NASA officials, and also discussed…

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    Cloning for Stem Cells

    Scientists spoke to a panel of experts and the general audience about the state of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Among the topics they addressed were methods of research,…

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