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Contents Winter 2009

From the NAS President
  A Fresh Start for Science and Our Continuing Mission

National Security
  Preventing Terrorism, Protecting Privacy
  Report examines the pros and cons of data mining
  Fueling the 'Nuclear Renaissance'
  Stable nuclear fuel supplies could curtail security risks

Environment & Resources
  From Sidewalks to Streams
  Improving stormwater management
  Part of the Process
  Public input makes for better environmental decisions

Health & Safety
  A Prescription to Improve Patient Safety
  More sleep, better supervision, and reasonable workloads for medical residents
  A window to better risk assessment at EPA

Engineering & Technology
  The Search for Truth
  Can brain imaging be the perfect lie detector?
  Into Deep Space or In Too Deep?
  NASA's plans for scientific exploration come at a price

  An African Parliamentarian Speaks on the Unique Value of Academies
  Patrick Amuriat Oboi, a member of the Parliament of Uganda and its Committee on Science and Technology, delivered the opening address at the fourth annual conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative, held recently in London

Brief Takes
  • New Stem Cell Guidelines
  • Science Comes to Hollywood

New Publications

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