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Offshore Wind Farms Can Interfere with Ship Radar and Navigation, Says New Report

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2022 — Offshore wind farms can interfere with navigational radar used by ships and smaller vessels to avoid collisions, posing challenges for safe maritime navigation, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The maritime community has expressed concern that wind turbine generators could interfere with radar, […]

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National Academies Report: Science Education Should Be National Priority

The White House, with leadership from the Office of Science and Technology Policy, should encourage federal agencies, state and local governments, and others to focus resources on increasing the quality and accessibility of science education — from kindergarten through the end of a postsecondary degree (K-16) — says a new report from the National Academies […]

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Presidents of the National Academies: Let Scientific Evidence Determine Origin of SARS-CoV-2

June 15, 2021 – The origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and the circumstances of the first cases of human infection, remain unknown.  Science is our best tool to ascertain, or to understand to the extent possible, the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, which could help prevent future pandemics.  However, misinformation, unsubstantiated claims, […]

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The National Academies: High-Quality Primary Care Should Be Available to Every Individual in the U.S., Says New Report

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2021 — Ensuring access to high-quality primary care for all people in the United States will require reforming payment models, expanding telehealth services, and supporting integrated, team-based care, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. No federal agency currently has oversight of primary care, and no dedicated research […]

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Current Evidence Supports Classification of Red Wolf as a Distinct Species, Report Says; Mexican Gray Wolf Is a Valid Subspecies of Gray Wolf

WASHINGTON March 28, 2019 – Current evidence supports the classification of the contemporary red wolf as a distinct species of wolf, although additional genomic evidence from historic wolf specimens could change that assessment, says Evaluating the Taxonomic Status of the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Red Wolf, a new report from the National Academies of […]

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National Academies: All U.S. Elections Should Use Paper Ballots by 2020 Presidential Election

WASHINGTON September 6, 2018 – To protect the integrity and security of U.S. elections, all local, state, and federal elections should be conducted using human-readable paper ballots by the 2020 presidential election, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In addition, every effort should be made to use paper […]

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine urges DHS to immediately stop separating migrant families

June 20, 2018 – We urge the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to immediately stop separating migrant children from their families, based on the body of scientific evidence that underscores the potential for lifelong, harmful consequences for these children and based on human rights considerations. Reports from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine […]

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Statement by NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents on Report of Banned Words at CDC

Dec. 18, 2017 – We are concerned deeply by a report that staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were instructed not to use certain words in budget documents. As leaders of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, we are especially stunned that “evidence-based” and “science-based” are reportedly among the barred […]

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U.S. Ocean Observation Critical to Understanding Climate Change, But Lacks Long-Term National Planning

WASHINGTON October 20, 2017 – The ocean plays a critical role in climate and weather, serving as a massive reservoir of heat and water that influences tropical storms, El Niño, and climate change.  In addition, the ocean has absorbed 30 percent of the carbon dioxide associated with human activities, lessening the climate effects of fossil […]

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New Report Details Accomplishments of U.S. Global Change Research Program

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2017 – The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has made significant accomplishments to advance the science of global environmental change and improve the understanding of its impact on society through activities such as developing Earth-observing systems, improving Earth-system modeling capabilities, and advancing understanding of carbon-cycle processes, says a new report from […]

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National Academies: Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products Presented in New Report

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 – A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers a rigorous review of scientific research published since 1999 about what is known about the health impacts of cannabis and cannabis-derived products – such as marijuana and active chemical compounds known as cannabinoids – ranging from their […]

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National Academies Report Recommends New Framework for Estimating the Social Cost of Carbon

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2017 – To estimate the social cost of carbon dioxide for use in regulatory impact analyses, the federal government should use a new framework that would strengthen the scientific basis, provide greater transparency, and improve characterization of the uncertainties of the estimates, says a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, […]