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Science makes progress by reusing results and building on them. For research software this is pretty hard (the people writing it often do not have the time to make slick installers like big libraries do). As a result there is not as much reuse as... continue reading

Coffee reuse and pre-consumer vs post-consumer waste recycling

After it was reported that used coffee grounds could be converted into a useful product it was suggested in the Times Higher Education (10 Sept 2015) that this could be a reason for the end user of coffee to use fresh rather than instant coffee.... continue reading

Mythology and ancient origins of the domestic dog

The use of appropriate statistical techniques applied to myths and folktales concerning domestic animals may provide valuable informations as to their origin and... continue reading

Open Cosmics: cosmic-ray physics for everyone

Simple devices like Cloud Chambers, Bubble Chambers, CosmicPi and Crayfis allow us to detect particle decays from cosmic rays which are not visible to the naked eye. Cloud Chambers and Bubble Chambers were used for particle physics research at... continue reading

Donation-Driven Open Science Journal

Why should taxpayers and funding agencies pay journal publication fees and open access charges? I propose creating a new open access journal funded entirely through donations and foundation funding. The journal would be administered by a... continue reading

GeoTag-X: crowdsourced photo analysis for humanitarian crises

Photos taken in disaster situations and other humanitarian crises by different people on the ground can potentially be a powerful resource for the response teams. Unfortunately, the manpower needed to process the incredible number of photos coming... continue reading

Exo-planets around Red Dwarf Stars: Reasons to look for Co-orbiting Same-Size Planets

Same-size planets that orbit one-another around a common centre of mass would answer a lot of problems associated with Red-Dwarf stars, such as: tidal locking (because same size planets would tidally lock to each-other, thus blocking tidal locking... continue reading

Sulfur-Bearing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Interstellar Environments

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widely studied in an astrophysical context. Studies have also been performed on nitrogen-bearing PAH species (Hudgins+2005) and unsuccessful searches... continue reading

What’s black and white and eating stuff all over? Hypotheses for the evolution of killer whale coloration and similar coloration patterns in prey species

The greatest diversity of killer whale forms–or possible (sub)species – is in the Antarctic. One reason may be because killer whales originated in, or near, the Antarctic, which would also explain their large size - an example of Bergmann’s rule... continue reading

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