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Our science, our society

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Science  02 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6375, pp. 499
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat0957

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We live in a scientific golden age. Never has the pace of discovery been so rapid, the range of achievements so broad, and the changing nature of our understanding so revolutionary. Science today has extraordinary powers. It reveals fundamental phenomena of our universe, catalyzes new technologies, powers new businesses, fosters new industries, and improves lives. This month's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the publisher of Science) in Austin, Texas, celebrates this golden age. More than 10,000 scientists, students, teachers, business people, journalists, philanthropists, science enthusiasts, government officials, and others will come together to hear and discuss talks by experts on such topics as immunooncology, exoplanets, election polling, and much more. Today's advances and innovations presage a future that most of us have not yet imagined.