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

In a talk at 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

Capturing reuse in altmetrics

Altmetrics are aimed at capturing the amount of attention a paper gets. The adoption has been significantly encouraged by services provided by, for example,, ImpactStory, and PlumX, which serve the same role as Google Scholar for... continue reading

How Significant are Conifers for the Silicon Biogeochemical Cycle?

The conifers were generally shown by Hodson et al. (2005) to be low silicon accumulators. The apparent reason is that conifers (and many gymnosperms) largely lack NIPIIs, aquaporins that are... continue reading

Why Renewable Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels

In 2013, the world used 533 exajoule of commercial primary energy, of which 87% was from fossil fuels. Renewable energy (RE) accounted for just under 9% [BP 2014]... continue reading

Supporting basic science through the crowd funding online platform

During and after world war II, science has been supported by government. Science became huge and money-based activities. Norms such as CUDOS that has been support science began to be diminished since capitalism governs science. Competitions... continue reading

Evaluating the potential quality of parliamentary candidates via realistic strategy game environments

Politicians routinely gravitate towards positions of significant influence and responsibility, despite limited or absent experience in managing highly complex systems such as sociteies.. In these positions, they influence (or make) decisions and... continue reading

The Academic Venture Coachbook for the Social Sciences and Humanities

Academic entrepreneurship concept has been in place for a while, but not many well-documented research studies approached it from the angle of making academic entrepreneurship a genuinely commercially-viable venture. Even in highly-cited books... continue reading

A sustainable URL shortener for science

Emerging infrastructures for scientific research such as Zenodo and ORCiD offer persistent identification of data, software, publications, people, and institutions. Publications, however, often contain... continue reading

Searching for "Tabby's Star" Analogs in Stripe 82

"Tabby's Star" is an anomalous F star with repeated short-term variability, and a steady 3% dimming over 4-years. The star spent... 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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