Bury bone ash to asteroids

Land resources are very tight in the Earth. We can bury dead person‘s bone ash to asteroids. Some people are very rich, they may want to pay funds to do this. And the funds can be used to develop human's space science and deep space exploration.... continue reading

Is the rise of hedging language in scientific papers correlated in time with the rise in peer review?

In a talk at FORCE2016 (https://www.force11.org/meetings/force2016), Steven Pinker discussed bad writing in science, and mentioned how it had changed over time. One of his statements was that scientists hedge (for example, using hedge words such... continue reading

Reconstructing the 3D shape of lightning strikes from their thunder

A nearby lightning strike is accompanied by a loud roll of thunder that can last for many seconds. The stroke conducts current between cloud and ground, simultaneously superheating the air along the path of the stroke. The resultant shock wave... continue reading

Correspondence Between Sonic Booms and Photonic Booms

A sonic boom is heard by an observer, for example, when a supersonic airplane passes by. A lesser known phenomenon dubbed a photonic boom is seen by an observer, for example, when an always-superluminal... continue reading

Could a primeval version of the Basque 'Jentilak' tale be 25.000-year-old?

In the deepest part at the end of Llonín Cave (Asturias, Northern Spain), a fortuitous configuration of minor protuberances and cracks in the wall suggests the lateral outline of an 80 cm high anthropomorphic head, whereas a minor depression... continue reading

Kickstarting research into end-to-end trigger systems

The data volumes (O(TB/s)) created at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are too large to record. Typical rejection factors are O(100-1000), and using as little CPU time as possible to reject an event is the goal. More powerful decision... continue reading

New Ph.D. students in the empirical sciences should be recruited into ongoing scientific studies right from the start

All too often we come across Ph.D. students who after 2-3 years of effort still struggle with their first (co-)authorship. In many cases, this may be considered a waste of financial resources and human... continue reading

Pre-registration of a test for statistical significance of a GALFA-HI -- WMAP ILC correlation

In 2007 Gerrit Verschuur proposed that HI structures as seen in the Leiden-Argentina-Bonn 36' HI survey of the sky are correlated with structures in the WMAP sky, which are typically ascribed to the CMB.

He... continue reading

The End of the Party: A New Approach to Parliamentary Democracy

Today’s party democracy suffers from two issues. First, members of parliament (MPs) should represent voters’ opinions. Yet their free mandate often suffers from obligations to vote in accordance with party interests and is therefore overridden by... continue reading

A first law of humanities computing

In the course of the last decade, I formulated what I consider to be something of a law concerning the use of computing in Humanities research:

The novel and... continue reading

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