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    The Blank Slate

    Professor Steven 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 understanding of human nature: the…

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    Science Writing

    Panelists discussed writing bestselling science books. They talked about their work and reasons for their success. Bruce Lewenstein moderated the panel. The panelists also responded to…

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    Global Climate Change

    The speakers talked about global climate change, including the causes, effects, and possible solutions.

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    Aviation Security

    Secretary Mineta talked about airport safety and security, saying that bag-screening measures would be in place by a government-mandated date. The measures would ensure that every…

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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 answered…

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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 in the…

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    Espionage and Foreign Visitors

    Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson talked to scientists about the foreign visitor program at U.S. nuclear laboratories and security measures in place to protect top secret projects. He…

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    Year 2000 Computer Problem Initiative

    In speeches at the National Academy of Sciences, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore talked about the progress the federal government and private businesses have made towards…

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    New Guidebook for Teaching Evolution

    Bruce Alberts and others talked about a new National Academy of Sciences publication, "Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science". It is a guidebook for teachers to help them teach…

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    Math and Science Education

    After an event with President Clinton in the Rose Garden, Secretary Riley and others briefed reporters on the results of the Third International Math and Science Study of fourth graders in…

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    U.S. Math and Science Education

    Education Statistics Commissioner, Pat Forgione, released an Education Department report which showed U.S. students well behind countries such as Japan and Germany in math and science…

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    Health Effects of Residential Electricity

    Dr. Charles Stevens, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor and Investigator, and others released a report on the possible health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields through…

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