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Facebook and Organ Donations

With demand for healthy organs for transplantation growing worldwide, Facebook has become a popular channel for people soliciting kidneys, livers and other potentially lifesaving organs. Earlier this month the social network began offering members the ability to identify themselves as organ donors on their Facebook pages and to locate state organ-donation registries if they would like to become donors.

In other news, Nature News reported that a loose coalition of eco-anarchist groups is increasingly launching violent attacks on scientists, including the non-fatal shooting of a nuclear-engineering executive on May 7 in Genoa, Italy.

The $1 million Shaw Prizes were announced last week for the discovery of trans-Neptune bodies, breakthroughs in understanding protein folding and pioneering work in a mathematical technique known as deformation quantization.

The New York Times explored the role of speculation in science through two recent publications -- about the misty depths of canine and human history.


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PODCAST & VIDEO: Engineering Around Extreme Events

Extreme events, such as super floods and hurricanes, are becoming more common, so civil engineers are trying to adapt civil infrastructure such as bridges to these unpredictable and sometimes devastating meteorological events. Engineer Ana Barros discusses how engineering can prepare us for extreme weather events, but also how changing climate and population conditions can affect the ability of infrastructure to hold up over time.

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