Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 13, 2016
When machines can do any job, what will humans do?
Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that humans can.

Nudging science toward openness
The $1,000,000 Preregistration Challenge, launched one month ago by the Center for Open Science (COS), is testing how addressing scientists' incentives can elicit new behaviors and improve the reproducibility of published research.

Mind and molecules -- Fingerprinting psychiatric illness
Research into mood and psychotic disorders has advanced to the extent where biochemical hypotheses explaining the aetiology of a particular illness may be individualized to more accurately target one or more underlying pathology in a specific patient or subgroup of patients, hence achieving more effective disease modifying therapy.

Best rep for Tsunamis: Avoid ignorance, heed warning signs
Northwestern University tsunami expert Emile A. Okal will discuss

Planet formation around binary star
Using ALMA, astronomers have taken a new, detailed look at the very early stages of planet formation around a binary star.

Eating breakfast could help obese people get more active
There is a new study into the scientific effects of eating breakfast out via the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

How learning languages translates into health benefits for society
The advantages of speaking a second language -- for health and mental ability -- are to come under the spotlight at an event at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Americans' support for science remains strong
A large majority of Americans have favorable views of science and scientists, believing that the benefits from science outweigh any negatives and agree that science and technology will create more opportunities for future generations.

Proto-planet has 2 masters
Rice University astrophysicist Andrea Isella will discuss evidence of planetary formation around a binary star at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington, D.C., today.

Kenneth Miller reviews Dover model of standing up for science
Science trounced the Intelligent Design 'alternative' to evolution in Kitzmiller v.

Dark matter scientists on brink of discovering elusive particles
Technological advances are ushering in a new era of understanding in the search for fundamental physical particles -- including dark matter -- scientists will tell a public event.

Loss of sleep during adolescence may be a diabetes danger
How much slow-wave sleep a teenage boy gets may predict whether he is at risk for insulin resistance and other health issues, according to Jordan Gaines, a Penn State neuroscience researcher.

Language juggling rewires bilingual brain
Bilinguals use and learn language in ways that change their minds and brains, which has consequences -- many positive, according to Judith F.

Scientists and American Indian tribal members talk climate change realities at AAAS
Despite an above average snowpack and several months of wet weather, drought and changing climate conditions continue to plague farmers and ranchers across Nevada and other western states.

Exploiting high speed light for super slow science
Scientists at the world's premier science conference -- the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting -- will this year be discussing the advances enabled by the UK's pioneering Long-Duration Experiment facility (LDE).

Big data and patient-powered research aim to solve complex diseases
Big data and patient-driven research networks have the power to accelerate our understanding of some of today's most complex diseases.

Science responds to globalized disease threat to farms and food systems
A panel of British and American researchers, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., will present the latest progress to deploy science to understand and tackle the threats posed to our globalized and interdependent food and farming systems.

Incentivizing citizen science discovery for a sustainable world
As part of the symposium on Citizen Science and Information Technology, Carla P.

UK science leads the way in nuclear research
The UK's synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, is a hub for renewable energy and energy recycling research, but less well known are its applications as a hub for nuclear research.

Study of cognitive development in deaf children revisits longstanding debate
With the advent of universal newborn hearing screening and improved technologies such as cochlear implants, more and more deaf children are relying on spoken language and not learning sign language. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to