Why is the rate of incidence of diabetes increasing?

The increasing rate of diabetes, often attributed to overweight associated with hypercaloric diets, has led to numerous dietary and lifestyle intervention trials. In these, the dietary components have focused particularly on controlling caloric... continue reading

Build a molecular computer

Define a molecular computer as one molecule which transforms, by random chemical reactions mediated by a collection of enzymes, into a predictable other molecule, such that the output molecule can be conceived as the result of a computation... continue reading

Peak Urbanism, Future Cities and Climate

Over half the global population is already urban, and the UN expect this share to continue rising [[UN 2014]] (http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/default.aspx). Not only are cities already responsible for about 70% of global CO2, but their concentration... continue reading

Cancer cell nuclear expulsion: a possible mechanism of survival, and metastasis capability.

A very interesting and novel experiment was carried out by Florina Bojin et al Wiley. Constructing on this published work, I propose a novel survival mechanism of the cancer cell,... continue reading

Great stock or climate change indicator?

I propose to gather a collection of sock price histories and various indicators of climate change (temperatures, CO2 levels, etc.) and anonymize their labels. These would be used to create a game or prediction market so that the players would be... continue reading

The Journal of Codegolfing

Code Golfing refers to solving a problem by making use of the least number of characters i.e. by writing the shortest code as possible. Although studied extensively, the methods to solve the problem are still evolving. We generally think, “Smaller... continue reading

Playing Football behind closed doors: A natural experiment on the link between crowd support and home advantage

In football, as in many other sports, there is a sizeable advantage for the home team, found all around the globe, which means that home teams have a significantly higher chance of winning. While this effect has shrunk over the years, the exact... continue reading

COVID-19: Merging Twitter with the Journal of Brief Ideas to improve knowledge production in emergencies

There are a lot of great ideas poured in Twitter on several topics and COVID19. Its time to published them also in the Journal of Brief Ideas http://beta.briefideas.org/ . The advantages are that is fully machine quotable, instant publication,... continue reading

Fluidized bed for coffee brewing

Experimental and theoretical studies of the coffee brewing process have shown that most coffee preparation methods are affected by uneven particle distribution and uneven exposure of coffee grounds to hot water. This results in over-extraction... continue reading

Solitary Ecological Dominance Consensus

Is it possible to model the distributed dominance hierarchy of solitary species via a modified Byzantine fault problem? Traditionally used in distributed computing where the network consists of some unreliable actors, meanwhile a concerted... continue reading


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