The Effect of Smoking Bans on Exercising by Non-smokers

Smoking bans have shown to have many effects, some intended, some unintended, like Adams and Cotti's (2008, Journal of Public Economics) finding that smoking bans led to more fatal accidents from drunk driving. The mechanism is that smokers were... continue reading

Stonehenge A Neolithic Beacon: Design Imitates Star

When lit from within with one large fire or multiple fires, and observed from above, the standing stones that comprise Stonehenge split the light rays creating a radiating effect similar in appearance to a star.
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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

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

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

A combinatorial approach towards treating cancer through Cisplatin

Cisplatin is an effective chemotherapeutic drug against a vast variety of cancers. It is a cytotoxic drug that kills cancer cells by forming DNA adducts, thereby damaging the DNA leading to apoptosis. However, the clinical use of cisplatin is... continue reading

Antibiotics indicating a link between migraines and gut bacteria

Recent research has found links between the composition of gut bacteria and whether a person suffers from migraines. Since [antibiotics influence gut... continue reading

FearOmone: A cat pheromone based Bio-synthetic deterrent to minimize post-harvest losses caused by rat manifestation.

In India, post-harvest losses amount to 16 million metric tons of food grains each year (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5296677/). Improper storage and transport is the main problem to be addressed since it contributes to more than... continue reading

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