Inferring the existence of gravitons from the gravitational wave spectrum

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

Are male killer whale (Orcinus orca) dorsal fins indicators of fitness?

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

Dissecting the OA Citation Advantage: Bayesian approaches will be superior to randomised control trials

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

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

Affectivity to liminality a factor in psychogenesis

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

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

Using a lens instead of a mirror for collimating light in display holography

When recording display holograms, the traditional method of collimating (making parallel) a diverging light beam is to use a parabolic mirror. This is a good method for the least light loss and the most perfect collimation, but the mirror needs to... continue reading

The Atlas of human Interests

Are the Japanese more interested in nanotechnology than the German? How many people want to become musicians? Are salespeople conscientious? In the Behavioral Sciences, studies on the diversity of human interests are scarce. Comprehending better... continue reading

Two Small Planets Transiting the K-Star EPIC 247384685

Here we present the discovery of two small planets transiting the K-star EPIC 247384685 (2MASS J04595837+2116228) from Campaign 13 of NASA's K2 mission. EPIC 247384685 has an estimated temperature of 4670K and an estimated radius of 0.7 Rsun. ... continue reading

It’s time for a customer satisfaction service for scientific journals

Scholarly journals make Herculean efforts to process a mounting number of article submissions in a timely manner whilst ensuring the publication of the most relevant research. Although we researchers praise journals that privilege scientific... continue reading

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