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

Using kittens to unlock photo-sharing website datasets

Mining photo-sharing websites is a promising approach to complement in situ and satellite observations of the environment, however a challenge is to deal with the large degree of noise inherent to online social datasets. Using the Flickr... continue reading

Applying Genomic tools to Cannabis Breeding

Humans share a long history with Cannabis, perhaps going back even further back than the dawn of agriculture. As such this plant has traveled the world alongside humanity, consequent introductions of novel variants into the pool of genetics... continue reading

Awards specifically to free educational software that has proven to be effective in randomized field experiments involving a large number of schools.

Ben Goldacre described randomized field experiments as following: ""Randomised trials are our best way to find out if something works: by randomly assigning participants to one intervention or another, and measuring the outcome we're interested... continue reading

Data Science and High Energy Physics collaboration enforcement by Higher Education Institutions

Data Science @ LHC workshops have been intensifying cooperation in the Data Science (DS) and High Energy Physics (HEP) professional communities. The need for such cooperation risen substantially in recent years, since it requires combining... continue reading

Selective pressure as it relates to mimicry of non-living things in communities that abhor killing living things

Would a community that abhors killing animals apply selective pressure for animals that do not camouflage themselves as inanimate objects and/or have easily noticed coloration? If I see a leaf on a path, I spend little energy trying to avoid... continue reading

Isolation and characterisation of novel methanogens from corroded oil/gas pipes

Methanogens are microorganisms which produces methane as a major product of their energy metabolism in anaerobic conditions. Methanogens are very common in wetlands and produces marsh gas. They are recently discovered to directly feed on electrons... continue reading

Evolution in genetic terms – Is it RNA world or DNA world or is it anything else?

The RNA world concept that self-replicating ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules are keys to all current forms of life on Earth and geticists could not go further down might have missed out on how evolution has actually happened in real genetic... continue reading

A proposal to search for patterns of genome changes across parasites

Parasites have co-evolved along with their hosts to utilise the host machinery to complete parts of the parasite’s life cycle. Despite potentially large implications for disease biology, common denominators for gene loss and gene gain have not... continue reading


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