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Coverage begins in 2006 for the ScienceWriters meeting and 2009 for the AAAS meeting. To see programs for past ScienceWriters meetings, go to the ScienceWriters meeting site.

Light, Perception, and Architecture: How Your Environment Can Make You Feel Better

Walking into the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a feast for the senses. Through the graceful curve of the cavernous ceilings, the gentle diffusion of light permeating the floor and the grandness of an echoing space, the nearly 800-year-old iconic house of worship serves as an example of how our built environment influences the human sensory experience.

Artificial intelligence is getting chatty, but still hasn’t perfected the gift of gab

It’s one thing to be able to talk; but it’s another to converse. And artificial intelligence (AI) has yet to check off the latter. Even with tremendous progress over the last years, the technology still hasn’t achieved the level of naturalness that would make you want to trade your best friend or favorite coworker for a smart virtual assistant.

Indigenous knowledge vital to resilience of coastal communities, experts say

More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods, according to the U.N. Coastal landscapes and communities, however, are increasingly threatened by environmental degradation, climate change and overexploitation. Some experts believe meeting this ecological and economic challenge is contingent on creating connections between modern science and Indigenous knowledge.

How science can support minority groups in reclaiming their history

At a time when black and brown Americans are dying of COVID-19 at much greater rates than whites, it is more important than ever for scientists to gain the trust of minority communities by doing a better job of listening to their concerns and involving them in scientific research, researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting on February 10 said.