Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 30, 2017
An evolutionary breakpoint in cell division
Japanese researchers from Osaka University have discovered that the interaction between two proteins, M18BP1/KNL2 and CENP-A, is essential for cell division in various species except for mammals including humans.

Nature provides a key to repelling liquids
A nature-based technique paves the way for cheaper and environmentally friendly liquid-repellent materials.

P-values, hypotheses and inference ... new appraoches to reproducibility at JSM 2017
Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science and director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University; Blake McShane, associate professor of marketing at Northwestern University; and Jeffrey Leek, associate professor in the department of biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present new approaches to addressing the 'reproducibility crisis' at the 2017 Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore.

More rain for the Red Sea if El Niño breezes in
Modeling leads to a better understanding of the role El Niño plays in increasing rainfall along the Red Sea coast.

How central are female characters to a movie?
A new study from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL) -- which creates automatic tools for signal analysis and linguistic assessment -- uncovers how media communicates about gender, race and age finding that in the majority of films, females roles are not central to the plot.

GP-based testing for HIV is cost-effective and should be rolled out in local authorities
Offering HIV testing to people at health checks when they register at a new GP surgery in high-prevalence areas is cost-effective and will save lives, according to a study involving over 86,000 people from 40 GP surgeries, led by Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

'Hidden' experiences of men forced to have sex with women revealed
The most frequent strategy used by women forcing men to have sex with them against their will is blackmail and threats, according to researchers at Lancaster University.
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