Summer is officially here and with that comes vacations and long weekends to relax. For a few of us here at Conseris, that also means taking time to catch up on a bunch of research articles while we are lounging by the pool or flying to our vacation destination. Today we gathered eight articles we really enjoyed so that we could share them with all of you.
More research labs are retiring monkeys when studies finish -Carrie Anitfinger
This uplifting article describes the retirement of primates who have been used for research purposes throughout their lives. Previously, the practice was to euthanize these animals but now as technology advances and autopsies are needed less often for research, many are being sent to sanctuaries. Here they enjoy fresh air, healthy treats, and stimulating toys and for many of them, it is their first time being able to live outdoors. It is great to hear that advances in technology are making the future a little brighter for these important study subjects.
Gender beliefs, biases in ocean research- Rachel Kippen
June is Pride month and also World Oceans month and this year the United Nations have identified the theme “Gender and the Ocean.” The theme focuses on the fact that marginalized gender communities, particularly women, are underrepresented in leadership positions in marine policy, research, and seafaring. U.N. Women reports that only 38% of marine scientists worldwide are women. This article dives into what we could be missing out on if we don’t work to change this disparity and dives into examples of gender fluidity found in the sea.
New research reveals zebra stripes are used to control their body temperature- Donovan Alexander
Yes, you read that headline correctly, zebra’s wacky stripes have actually been found to serve an important purpose. While this article does not answer whether zebras are black with white stripes or white with black stripes, it does explain that zebras stripes help them keep cool. This article explains how zebras create a cooling system through convection air movements from their stripes.
Cognitive psychology research suggests pilots could be learning the wrong lessons from close-calls- Eric Dolan
This new research discusses how two cognitive dissonances could impact a pilot’s perception of a past “close call” event which could cause them to make worse choices in the future. Learning from previous mistakes is an important part of becoming a better pilot, but what happens when the human brain won’t allow it to happen. This article breaks down these research findings and their implications.
New Research Reveals How to Combat Muscle Loss During Space Flights- Loukia Papadopoulos
Going to space seems really cool, but it also is known to take a toll on the human body. One of these effects is muscle loss due to the lack of gravity in space. However, a recent study found that this can be solved through exercise and testosterone hormone treatments. This article explains the research done at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as well as the important findings which could greatly benefit visitors to space.
Federally funded university research transforms lives- Eric Barron
This article is different from the others because it does not outline any research findings, instead it is a commentary on the benefits of federally funded research. The author provides evidence that supports federally funded research in universities as the basis for a lot of the important scientific inquiry that takes place every day.
Beyond Queen's stomp-stomp-clap: Concerts and computer science converge in new research- Virginia Tech
This unique study found that live music goers were more engaged in the performance when there was also a live social media component. This article shares interesting information about how these tests were run and what the researchers think this could mean for the future of live performances.
Mouse study finds enzyme that prolongs life- Anna Sandoiu
While they haven’t stumbled upon the fountain of youth yet, researchers have discovered “a circulating protein from the blood of young mice led to health improvements and visible signs of rejuvenation when researchers gave it to aging mice.” This article explains more of the science related to this and also some of the possible applications for humans.
We hope you enjoy these articles as much as we did and they provide some interesting entertainment during your summer relaxation. Have you read a really great article related to research recently? Share it with us on Twitter, @Conserisapp. Happy reading!
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