Monthly Archives: February 2017

Machine learning around the clock


From letting us know when to sleep to influencing the effectiveness of medications, our circadian clock exerts a powerful influence on our lives. However, you can’t simply check the time of your circadian clock with a watch. A new paper published today Genome Medicine showcases a new tool to monitor the clock in human blood named ZeitZeiger. Here, author of the study, Dr. Jacob Hughey, tells us more.

Social justice and criminal justice go hand in hand

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By celebrating the World Day of Social Justice on the 20th February, the international community supports efforts to eradicate poverty and reduce social inequities, promote fair work conditions, gender equality and access to social well-being and justice for all. There is a link that connects poverty, crime, health-related problems, employability, and extreme social disadvantage. Health is often a starting point to study what happens to the people involved in the adult or juvenile justice system, including staff employed by the justice system

Parallel strike-slip fault and normal fault moved simultaneously at the 2016 Kumamoto, Japan, earthquake

(Guest post by Shinji Toda) To estimate local stress field, geologists collect on-fault slip direction (striation) and fault geometry at outcrops, whereas seismologists compile focal mechanisms of earthquakes occurred at depth. Stress tensor inversion, which is a pervasive methodology in both geology and geophysics communities, enables us to quantitatively estimate orientations of the principal stress… Read more »

Inspired women in science take a stand against gender inequality


Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals: despite a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, they continue to be excluded from participating fully in it, according to the United Nations page of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is why research in science education is fundamental to address inequalities at all levels in science, technology and innovation. We chat about this with Prof. Yeping Li, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of STEM Education.