Social Jailbreak: a social media aggregator designed to circumvent social media monopolies

Social Jailbreak (SJB) describes a proposed viral application that would allow social media users to communicate beyond the limits imposed by social media monopolies. Several platforms (e.g. Hootsuite) and some social networks (mainly... continue reading

Components of Expertise

Herling (2000:13) in his "Operational definitions of expertise and competence" outlined three basic components of expertise: knowledge; problem-solving; and experience.

Here, I propose a more sophisticated differentiation that involves four... continue reading

Detecting the delimiter in CSVs that lie

File extensions for data sharing sometimes lie about their contents.

Here is an algorithm to infer the actual delimiter of a CSV, TSV or any related format:

  • Assume that alpha-numeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) and the period/full stop (.)... continue reading

The Academic Venture Coachbook for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Academic entrepreneurship concept has been in place for a while, but not many well-documented research studies approached it from the angle of making academic entrepreneurship a genuinely commercially-viable venture. Even in highly-cited books... continue reading

Cros-IP: A Novel Co-immunoprecipitation Method for Characterising Direct/Indirect Protein Interactions.

Co-immunoprecipitation (co-IP) is considered the gold standard in vitro technique for characterising protein-protein interactions. However, the technique is limited by the inability to differentiate direct/indirect interactions of proteins. This... continue reading

Report a relative proportion of patients ruled-out or ruled-in with a diagnostic test

One measure of the performance of a diagnostic test is the proportion of patients the test stratifies as likely not to have the condition (ruled-out:RO) or to have the condition (ruled-in:RI). This proportion depends on the prevalence of the... continue reading

OCD, ST JOHN'S WORT AND IRON.

MAOI and St John's Wort treatments for OCD may have a similar radical-based mechanism. Six years' unrelieved total compulsive thinking was cured by the MAOI Phenelzine, with also a role for radical-releasing phenols which enter the CNS very little... continue reading

Imagery in Rock and Ancient Art Influenced by Pareidolic Response to Environmental Stimuli

A Pareidolic Response to Environmental Stimuli occurs when it is triggered by a certain richly textured surface or object . This human trait is a result of a survival mechanism, where the environment is quickly scanned for potential threats. A... continue reading

Restricted SDM: Predicting habitat suitability from species occurrence only

Species Distribution Models are commonly used to predict species habitat suitability. The data needed to build such a model usually consist of a range of environmental variables together with a target variable - the species occurrence itself... continue reading

Microbial butanol tolerance: mediated by toxicity or by phase equilibrium?

It is conventionally assumed that the achievable concentration of a bio-alcohol molecule by fermentation is limited by the toxicity of that molecule to the micro-organisms producing it. In the case of ethanol, for example, extremely high titers... continue reading

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