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
It’s easier to mold a human at his childhood days than at later part of his life. The proposed idea is based on this simple fact.
Imagine creating an online platform that acts an incubator for Open Research. The platform could be... continue reading
A valuable but hidden set of data: research trainees spend months to years confirming previously published data. These experiments are not considered publishable. Other trainees in the same field “reinvent the wheel” due to lack of publicly... continue reading
If gravitational waves exist, we might observe them with LIGO sometime in the next decade. Just as the existence of quantized energy (photons) was inferred by the distribution of the blackbody spectrum, the existence of gravitons can be inferred... continue reading
The females of many animals may assess the fitness and health of males via displays or physical features, such as the tail of a peacock [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signalling_theory]. Physical features may be a “handicap” that fit males can... continue reading
The idea that open access articles are more highly cited is attractive, particularly for open access advocates. While there have been many retrospective cohort analyses that suggest citations advantages of various sizes, randomized control trials... continue reading
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
A liminal phase is one where the subject experiences his existence as being in a non-controlled or controllable environment, one that is insecure, unfamiliar and thus anxiety producing. Everyone routinely slips in and out of liminal phases from... continue reading
Species distribution models are increasingly used in ecology, biogeography and climate change research, and are usually complemented with one or more metrics evaluating their performance. Not all metrics vary within the same scale of measurement:... continue reading
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