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[BOSTON] – Alzheimer’s disease robs victims of their memories, their independence, and eventually their lives. It is the most common type of dementia, affecting five million people in the US alone, a number expected to double over the next 20 years as the population ages. With so much at stake, researchers, doctors, and patients worldwide are in a race to develop new drugs that could stop one of the most pressing global health challenges of our time.
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World Wins Best Book Award From Academies; Particle Fever, Your Inner Fish, Detroit News, Reuters Also Take Prizes
WASHINGTON -- The recipients of the 2015 Communication Awards were announced today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation since 2003 as part of the Keck Futures Initiative, these prestigious awards -- each of which includes a $20,000 prize -- recognize excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, and medicine to the general public. The winners will be honored during a ceremony on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C.
Our Planet Has Survived Five Mass Extinctions Smithsonian Channel and Tangled Bank Studios Partner To Investigate Whether We Are On The Brink Of A Sixth MASS EXTINCTION:LIFE AT THE BRINK Premieres Sunday, November 30 At 8 PM
New York, NY, September 17, 2014 - It’s a mystery on a global scale: five times in Earth’s past, life has been nearly extinguished, the vast majority of plants and animals annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events? And what might they tell us about the fate of our world? MASS EXTINCTION: LIFE AT THE BRINK, narrated by Jeffrey Wright, a new one-hour special premiering Sunday, November 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel, is produced by Tangled Bank Studios, the film and television unit of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
AMID THE RETURN OF VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES, NOVA EXAMINES THE SCIENCE OF IMMUNIZATION, TRACKS OUTBREAKS, AND SHEDS LIGHT ON THE RISKS OF OPTING OUT – NOVA: VACCINES-CALLING THE SHOTS
[BOSTON, MA, July 17, 2014]- Measles. Mumps. Whooping cough. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning. Across America and around the globe, children are getting sick and dying from preventable diseases- in part, because some parents are choosing to skip their children's shots. How and why do vaccines work? What are the biggest concerns and misconceptions, and what are the risks to the child and society when people decide to forego immunization? The award- winning science series NOVA helps viewers find the answers they need.