Beyond Gaia: A Deep-Space Astrometric Mission To Obtain ~1% Parallax Distances at 10 kiloparsecs

The Gaia space telescope is currently measuring parallax distances for Galactic stars with ~1% precision out to ~1kpc. This will be a revolutionary data set, but order-of-magnitude improvements are possible with... continue reading

Novel bioremediation methodology for utilisation of biomedical waste ash

Biomedical waste (BMW) ash, generated from incineration of BMW, consists of several heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which can cause severe damage to the environment by seeping into the ground and by polluting the surface... continue reading

Should scholars publish in the journal they are working for?

Should scholars publish in the journal they are working for (as editor-in-chief, for example?). In other words, is it legitimate to publish in his own journal, that is to say submit and co-sign in a journal of which one is editor-in-chief (except... continue reading

Venture reproducibility

Venture capitalists work under the concept of investing small amounts in lots of startup companies, some of which will fail, some of which will make a little money, and a few of which will make a lot of money.

This is similar to [the "Miracle... continue reading

Unifying generative models and exact likelihood-free inference with conditional bijections

Recent work in density estimation uses a bijection $f : X \to Z$ (e.g. an invertible flow or autoregressive model) and a tractable density $p(z)$ (e.g. [1]... continue reading

Playing Games with Ideas: when epistemology pays off

In standard game theory analysis, gameplay proceeds using rational strategies. While there is no explicit link between rationality and strategy selection, playing to equilibrium solutions often depends on choosing the optimal strategy. Yet what if... continue reading

A nanobattery based on biopolymers

Conventional batteries have been manufactured by top-down approach. It is believed that bottom-up approach offers better efficiency.... continue reading

Soap bar skin scanner for detection of early melanoma

Many scanners look inside the body, but none examine our whole skin because the ripples and folds of flesh need to be unfolded for camera access. The current approach assumes no cooperation from the person being examined, except to lie or stand... continue reading

What do humans strive for, generally? A universal description of humans’ motivation to act.

When one considers a general and universal description of humans’ motivation to act, probably reproduction, or biological fitness, comes to mind (Darwin, 1859). However, there is an abundance of residual behaviour, across humans’ life domains... continue reading

Adaptive myopia: how nearsightedness on land helps us underwater

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common condition in humans, making it an interesting trait to study from an evolutionary perspective. Although the morphology of the human eye evolved under conditions whereby light entered predominantly through... continue reading

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