Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 19, 2017
Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'
Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world's oceans.

Gene sequences reveal secrets of symbiosis
Genome sequences by KAUST of dinoflagellate algae indicate how they maintain their symbiotic relationship with corals.

Stanford researcher examines unsung hero of science: Assessment
Assessment adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and society.

Save the bees? There's an app for that
A new mobile app can calculate the crop productivity and pollination benefits of supporting endangered bees.

GBSI reports encouraging progress toward improved research reproducibility by year 2020
One year after Global Biological Standards Institute issued its Reproducibility2020 challenge and action plan for the biomedical research community, the organization reports encouraging progress toward the goal to significantly improve the quality of preclinical biological research by year 2020.

Gastric band surgery significantly reduces health risks in overweight people with diabetes
A long-term study by Monash University researchers -- the first of its kind -- has found that gastric band surgery has significant benefits for moderately overweight people with type 2 diabetes.

Researcher unveils tool for a cleaner long island sound
A new model released today at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science by UConn ecologist Jamie Vaudrey pinpoints sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate it.

'Alternative facts' not just in politics and media
A Michigan State University scholar is warning those who read about the latest groundbreaking research to proceed with caution.

Blast off: Stem cells from Mayo Clinic physician's lab launch into space
Today, the latest rocket launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., included a payload of several samples of donated adult stem cells from a research laboratory at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus.

When screening for disease, risk is as important to consider as benefits, study indicates
University of Virginia statistician Karen Kafadar is developing new techniques for understanding the difference between length of diagnosis and length of life regarding cancer screening.

Bringing evidence to health screening debates
At a talk and panel discussion in Boston the morning of Feb.

Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'
Can statistics increase the value of science to society? Georgetown University's Rochelle Tractenberg, chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Statistical Association, will discuss 'Promoting Ethical Science and Policy With Ethical Statistical Practice' on a panel presenting three disciplinary perspectives on Sunday, Feb.

Mapping a path to better oral health
Dentists aren't the only people who influence how we take care of our teeth; our friends and family play a big role, too.

Bee decline threatens US crop production
The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands.

Repetitive head injuries may not cause movement problems for former NFL players
Former NFL players who had repeated head injuries may not have significant problems with motor functions later in life, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017.

CUNY linguist to speak on second language acquisition and loss at AAAS Annual Meeting
Dr. Gita Martohardjono of Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York will speak at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

LIGO veteran to give talk about gravitational waves
Caltech's Stan Whitcomb, who has been involved with nearly every aspect of the development and ultimate success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), will give a talk about the project's historic detection of gravitational waves on Feb.
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