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"What Science Says About Fair and Effective Law Enforcement": a collection of seven of our reports on the best practices for policing, evidence collection and processing, and eyewitness identification. http://buff.ly/1ApRaf1
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Big news: the Institute of Medicine will become the National Academy of Medicine.
Today, at its 152nd annual meeting, the membership of the National Academy of Sciences voted to change the name of the Institute of Medicine to the National Academy of Medicine.
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Today marks thirty-one years since the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant caused one of the world’s biggest nuclear disasters. Dozens died -- two from the explosion and many more from radiation illness during the following months -- while scores of additional victims came down with acute radiation sickness. Hundreds of thousands were evacuated from the most contaminated areas. The radiation that escaped into the atmosphere spread by wind over Northern and Eastern Europe, contaminating millions of acres of forest and farmland. Wormwood Forest explores the radioactive wilderness caused by the disaster and tells the story of the how life has continued in the contaminated zone.
When a titanic explosion ripped through the Number Four reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in 1986, spewing flames and chunks of burning, radioactive material into the atm...
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A quote from Charles Darwin that greets us every day at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, DC that we thought was especially appropriate on Earth Day.
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1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
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Tobacco consumption continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Worldwide, there are still more than one billion people who regularly use tobacco. Our new collection compiles research and recommendations on tobacco use, policy, and health effects.
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As the drought in California worsens and mandatory water restrictions are put into place, we revisit a list of some of our resources on water management, water reuse, and environmental management.
Last week, California’s Governor Jerry Brown announced the first mandatory water restrictions in the state’s history. After four years of drought, the sta
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Space fans! Tune in on Wendesday, April 1st for a special free event: the live webcast of our Space Science Week Public Lecture. Join Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute as he explores 6,000 years of human astronomy, showcases the biggest discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, and ponders current mysteries of the Universe that may be unlocked by NASA's next flagship telescopes. Register for the webcast here:
Watch NAS-Webcast's Space Science Week Public Lecture on Livestream.com. Join Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute as he explores 6,000 years of human astronomy, showcases the biggest discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, and ponders current mysteries of the Universe that may be unlocked by NASA's next flagship telescopes. To learn more, please visit nas.edu/SSWLecture
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A new report, Vital Signs: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress, identifies the need for a standard set of core measures as a tool for improving health in the United States.
Thousands of measures are in use today to assess health and health care in the United States. Although many of these measures provide useful information, their sheer number, a...
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The new National Research Council report Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (http://buff.ly/1HLbvl5) examines science teams – team dynamics, team leadership, and professional development for teams. What’s your fantasy science team? What combination of scientists, living or dead, do you wish could work together, and what would be the research topic?
The past half-century has witnessed a dramatic increase in the scale and complexity of scientific research. The growing scale of science has been accompanied by a shift toward...
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Happy 25th birthday to the Hubble telescope! As a birthday present, we rounded up ten of our reports on the future of space exploration.
Source: Hubblesite.org Happy 25th Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope! Launched into orbit on this date in 1990, the Hubble has made a vital contribution to
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New research published this week in Nature Geoscience (http://buff.ly/1cdbtXy) predicts that by 2100, the volume of glacier ice in western Canada will shrink by 70% relative to 2005. According to the paper, few glaciers will remain in the Interior and Rockies regions, but maritime glaciers, in particular those in northwestern British Columbia, will survive in a diminished state. Potential implications include impacts on aquatic ecosystems, agriculture, forestry, alpine tourism and water quality.

NRC’s Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change recommends the development of an Abrupt Change Early Warning System that would predict and possibly mitigate such changes before their societal impacts are severe. Identifying key vulnerabilities can help increase resiliency and avoid large damages from abrupt change in the climate system, and inform decisions on the proper balance between mitigation and adaptation. Read and download the report here: http://buff.ly/1cdbvi0
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Stats! We've put a new tab on every book page that gives statistics on that book: downloads over time, by country, and online mentions. Are there other stats you'd like to see for books on the NAP site? Let us know in the comments.

Pick a book on our home page, click the Stats tab and check out this newest addition: http://buff.ly/1EKCaif
The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes authoritative reports issued by The National Academies. Publications address key issues in science, engineering, social sciences, medicine and health. Topics range from space science to animal nutrition to medical ethics.
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The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. 

The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy. The institutions represented by the NAP are unique in that they attract the nation’s leading experts in every field to serve on their award-wining panels and committees. The nation turns to the work of NAP for definitive information on everything from space science to animal nutrition.