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

Salivary progesterone as indicator of delivery

During pregnancy salivary progesterone levels increase, reach a steady-state and then decrease sharply two day before delivery. Monitoring of salivary progesterone from about two weeks before the expected date of delivery will give information... continue reading

String notation for capturing the entire experimental processes of chemistry

A string notation which is inspired by SMILES notation in chemistry can be devised for capturing entire chemistry experimental and methodological sequences and processes. Laboratory experimental... continue reading

Naturalness of Atheism and Unnaturalnes of Religion

The standard model of Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) explains religion as some kind of natural phenomenon. Religious ideas and beliefs are considered as natural not only in the sense of their foundation on cognitive processes and mechanisms,... 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

Futures: between prediction and planning

Futurists often appear to be divided into two camps: one group put their efforts into forecasting, while the other group insist that the future is ours to plan—decide on a desirable future and then devise policies to get there. But my thesis is... continue reading

The relationship between healthcare administrative costs and physician-reported efficiency measures: an international comparison.

Comparative analysis of international health systems has increased in recent years, serving to inform systemic transformations undertaken (Singapore) or explored (Vermont). Much of this analysis has focused on comparisons of various healthcare... continue reading

The Austrian Science Fund (FWF): Analyzing Decision Making and Peer Review

The legitimacy of a funding agency in basic research depends at least on the following factors:

  • organization’s ability to minimize distortions in approval probability by its decision procedure
  • the scientific quality of results produced by... continue reading

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