We’ve hand-picked a mix of research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment:
You Share Everything with Your Bestie. Even Brain Waves – New research suggests the roots of friendship extend even deeper than previously suspected. Scientists have found that the brains of close friends respond in remarkably similar ways as they view a series of short videos: the same ebbs and swells of attention and distraction, the same peaking of reward processing here, boredom alerts there.
Making health research relevant — and less feared — in the Mississippi Delta – People from communities like the Mississippi Delta — rural citizens, those with low incomes, and people of color — tend not to participate in health research. The scientific community is working to change that, but it isn’t easy.
A ‘breakthrough in organ preservation’: Study shows keeping livers warm helps preserve them for transplant – New research has found that a new machine – one designed to mimic the environment of the human body and keep the organ warm and breathing as it’s being shuttled from donor to recipient – keeps livers safer for longer than cold storage, and also allows surgeons to transplant organs that might otherwise have been thrown out.
When Will the Gender Gap in Science Disappear? – A new study estimates that it will take 16 years for women and men to publish papers in equal numbers. For physics, it will take 258.
8 TED Talks to help you become a better researcher – Strengthen your skills with these informative talks on how to get the most out of your research.
Technical Experts Need to Get Better at Telling Stories – Technical breakthroughs are burdened by the weight of jargon, dragged down by clunky clauses and weighty words. The ledes are buried and the color bleached, leaving journalists and readers disinterested. It’s easy to write about wearable technology; it’d be far less fun to plough through language related to gene therapy. What are technical innovators doing wrong – and how can they fix it?