Helmholtz Resonance Balloon Flute

The idea here described falls in the field of organology, or the science of musical instruments. A new wind instrument is described, the sound of which ranges over about one octave. Its merits are negligible cost, musical versatility, and... continue reading

Can DNA Rescue African Semi-legendary Chronicles?

Southern African social institutions are based on societal values, with folktales being used to teach moral values, preserve and perpetuate wisdom accumulated over many generations. The integration of folktales from oral to written phases has seen... continue reading

Is it necessary to liberalize genetic paternity tests in France?

There is a real ethical problem with genetic paternity research In France. And first of all, a great hypocrisy: such test can be carried out on national territory only by court decision (at risk of being illegally for the subject and the analysis... continue reading

Two Small Planets Transiting the K-Star EPIC 247384685

Here we present the discovery of two small planets transiting the K-star EPIC 247384685 (2MASS J04595837+2116228) from Campaign 13 of NASA's K2 mission. EPIC 247384685 has an estimated temperature of 4670K and an estimated radius of 0.7 Rsun. ... continue reading

Anti-eclipse glasses

Eclipse glasses function by blocking all UV light and the majority of visible light according to the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard. The visual effect of those glasses is to show significantly... continue reading

It’s time for a customer satisfaction service for scientific journals

Scholarly journals make Herculean efforts to process a mounting number of article submissions in a timely manner whilst ensuring the publication of the most relevant research. Although we researchers praise journals that privilege scientific... continue reading

Better modeling of membrane permeation through multi-membrane models

Membrane permeation is frequently modeled using a vector of relative permeabilities for each component that is permeated. However, no membrane material will have truly uniform permeability; instead, any particular membrane material exhibits... continue reading

Heat-integrated household

In a typical household there are appliances for heating and other appliances for cooling. The former, including geysers, stoves, ovens and space heaters, typically use a heating element - an inefficient approach from an energy usage standpoint.... continue reading

Dronebox: The evolution of the mailbox.

Dronebox is a network of physical spaces in public places (although there could be some private ones), where deliveries can be made to by a drone (or something else when it fits). With this, customers can order to their favorite provider to... continue reading

DNA is a (geo)political weapon

The use of DNA (both modern and ancient: aDNA) for purposes of genetic traceability, ethnic filiation, migration of populations, etc. is currently experiencing exponential growth. These studies are (it is hoped) initially motivated by scientific... continue reading

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