Science reporters were in Boston last week, blogging from the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which publishes ScienceNOW). In addition to breaking news from the meeting, our coverage included candid interviews, fun facts, and podcasts. You can view the full blog here .
Here are some highlights:
Creationism: Would You Like Fries with That?
Science news writer Erik Stokstad crashes a dinner that includes a spirited debate about creationism. What does the push to teach evolution in schools have to do with heliocentrism? Find out here .
Scientists: Be True to Your School (Board)
Speaking of creationism, what's the best way for scientists to ensure that their local schools are teaching science in the classroom? Get elected to the school board. Tips and caveats are here .
Scientist Finds Hope Among the Ruins
Scientists are often personally affected by their own research. Sociologist Elizabeth Frankenberg shares her experiences studying a village devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. Read the interview with Science news writer Yudhijit Bhattacharjee here .
Your New Home in Saudi Arabia
How do you persuade 500 science majors from around the world to pursue graduate studies at a new university in a desert nation? Especially one where Sharia law prevails and women can't vote or drive? Science news writer Eli Kintisch visited a booth at the meeting's convention hall to find out .
The Podcast Visits Family Science Days
Children descended on the meeting this year to learn about everything from the history of yo-yos to the physics of Nascar. Science news writer Elsa Youngsteadt brought a microphone to see what all the hubbub was about. Check out the podcast here .