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NEW REPORT

Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System

May 1 - The original vision for the Next Generation Air Transportation System is not being implemented, and FAA should "reset expectations" for the program, says a new National Research Council report.

  • NEW REPORT

    Review of the Next Generation Air Transportation System

    May 1 - The original vision for the Next Generation Air Transportation System is not being implemented, and FAA should "reset expectations" for the program, says a new National Research Council report.

  • VISIT

    Prime Minister of Japan Speaks at U.S. National Academy of Sciences

    April 30 - NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a breakfast meeting this morning with several U.S. leaders in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine. Read More

  • STATEMENTS

    Science Academies of G7 Nations
    Call for Action

    April 29 - Today the national science academies of the G7 countries issued statements on antibiotic resistance, tropical diseases, and the future of the ocean to their respective governments for discussion during the G7 summit this June. Read More

  • NEW REPORT

    Aquifer Storage and Recovery in the Everglades

    April 29 - Despite uncertainties about the ecological impacts of large-scale implementation of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) in the Everglades, it could be phased in to answer several scientific questions and provide some restoration benefits, says a new National Research Council report.

Schools to Educate 20,000 ‘Grand Challenge Engineers’

President Barack Obama with NAE President C.D. Mote Jr., March 23, 2015. (OfficiOn March 23 at the White House, President Barack Obama greeted science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders including National Academy of Engineering President C.D. Mote Jr. In a letter of commitment presented to President Obama, more than 120 U.S. engineering schools announced plans to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century. Read More

FBI Review Finds Flaws in Forensic Testimony

An FBI review of criminal cases involving microscopic hair analysis found that erroneous testimony was given by FBI analysts in at least 90 percent of the cases reviewed. A 2009 report by the National Research Council concluded that microscopic hair analysis is not reliable enough to connect individuals to hair found at a crime scene, and that forensic testimony commonly fails to acknowledge the uncertainties and possibility of error involved in forensic techniques. The FBI review, the 2009 report, and the need for greater rigor in the forensic sciences are also discussed in a  New York Times op-ed.

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