Motion illusions arise from light source ambiguity

Motion illusions such as the rotating snakes illusion or the rotating cube illusion remain unexplained. Recently, [Watanabe et... continue reading

Collateralized Debt Obligations and the Tragedy of the Anticommons

The tragedy of the anticommons occurs when a piece of property or resource has multiple owners and each has veto rights over use or changes to a resource. In the tragedy of the commons, a resource gets overused because no one can stop anyone from... continue reading

Modified Human Microbiome towards better Health

Health, as the complete physical, mental and social well-being, is absolutely the vital profit that someone can attain in his/her life span. On the other hand, health is immensely vulnerable to diseases and sicknesses like deadly cancer. Recent... continue reading

"OCD, radicals and TRPA1 receptors".

Further to NPBR .1. and Journal of Brief Ideas papers on "Oxidative stress, MAOIs and OCD" and "OCD, St John's Wort and Iron", this paper concerns TRPA1 human gut receptors which respond to oxidative stress. The 1,2,3- and 1,2,4- benzenetriols are... continue reading

Creativity, an Essential Condition for the Development of Smart and Age-friendly Cities and Communities

The creativity of older adults and the ageing population is an essential condition for the development of “smart and age-friendly cities and communities” (SAFCC). First of all, the creativity may be understood as (1) the acceptance and use of new... continue reading

Towards a unified framework for studying the impact of linear infrastructures

Linear infrastructures such as roads, railways and power lines have considerable negative impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems (van der Ree et al. 2015; [Borda-de-Água et al.... continue reading

Redefining Addiction to Recognize Compulsive Video Gaming as a Disorder

Recognizing compulsive video gaming as a disorder is critical for developing corresponding treatment and prevention programs while reinforcing the various therapeutic, educational, and social benefits associated with gaming. Gaming addiction—like... continue reading

A Comparative Historical Political Economy Approach to Tariffs and Economic Development

In his influential book, Kicking Away the Ladder (2002), Ha-Joon Chang explains that developed nations like the US used protectionist policies like high tariffs to develop. This argument is in direct contrast to the view that laissez-faire... continue reading

The Political Economy of the National Historic Register

In 1966, the U.S. Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act. The Act created the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) to catalog all of the nation’s important historical objects, buildings, and areas. The National Register is... continue reading

Textbook Coverage of Inframarginal Externalities

Externalities are an important concept in economics as they are one of the many potential issues with markets. Negative externalities, for example, occur when costs are imposed on others outside the market system. Air pollution is but one example.... continue reading

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