Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 22, 2017
Women who give birth in winter or spring less likely to have postpartum depression
Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely than women who deliver in the fall or summer to suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), suggests a study of more than 20,000 women.

Machine learning used to predict earthquakes in a lab setting
A group of researchers from the UK and the US have used machine learning techniques to successfully predict earthquakes.

Dartmouth economist outlines reforms to improve access to affordable, high quality child care
For families in the US, the costs of high-quality child care are exorbitant, especially for those with children under age five.

After skyrocketing, opioid abuse plateaus but remains too high, national analysis shows
While the breakneck upswing in opioid abuse has leveled off, it remains disturbingly high and does not appear to continue its decline, according to an analysis of national data presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.

Key discoveries offer significant hope of reversing antibiotic resistance
Two recent studies led by the University of Bristol provide significant new hope in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Arsenic exposure in us public drinking water declines following new EPA regulations
Exposure to arsenic in drinking water was significantly reduced among Americans using public water systems following the Environmental Protection Agency regulation on maximum levels of arsenic.

Zircon as Earth's timekeeper: Are we reading the clock right?
Zircon crystals in igneous rocks must be carefully examined and not relied upon solely to predict future volcanic eruptions and other tectonic events, QUT researchers have shown.

Geophysicist finds teaching opportunities in movie mistakes
Few scientists regard the 1997 movie Volcano, in which flaming magma suddenly spews from the La Brea tar pits and incinerates much of Los Angeles, as a means to foster scientific literacy.
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