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Contents Winter/Spring 2008

From the NAE President
  Rising to the Challenge

Engineering & Technology
  Climate Change and Its Impact on U.S. Transportation
  The negative and positive effects of warming on transportation
  In Their Wake
  Turbulence trailing planes is challenge in crowded skies

Research & Policy
  Not Picture Perfect
  Report advises against national database of ballistic images
  Gauging the Efficiency of Federal Research
  A new approach to measuring effectiveness

Environment & Resources
  Fuel for Thought
  Water implications of biofuels
  Cracking the Code of Plant DNA
  Achievements and future of the National Plant Genome Initiative

Health & Safety
  The Road to Effective Health Care
  A new approach to determining what works best
  After the Fallout
  Study on Atomic Bomb Survivors Marks 60 Years

  Aging, Longevity, and 'Healthspan'
  Conference explores the nature of aging and lengthening the healthy span of our lives

  A Call for African Scientists to Speak Up
  Excerpts from an interview with Narcisco Matos, executive director of the Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique, and keynote speaker at the third annual conference of the African Science Academy Development Initiative, held in Dakar, Senegal

Brief Takes
  • NAE Launches New Web Site for Girls
  • Grand Challenges for Engineering
  • NAS to Post Hundreds of Memoirs Online

New Projects & Publications

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