As economist Thomas Schelling astutely points out in his paper Egonomics or the Art of Self-Management (1978), people are often conflicted in their decision-making by current satisfaction and long-term goals. Since these goals are contrary, it is... continue reading
Conventionally, run-length encoding is restricted to a fixed alphabet. Because the encoded form is often transmitted over human-readable media, this alphabet is usually restricted to printed characters. That makes run-length encoding unsuitable... continue reading
Lightning Talks have become a popular format at conferences. Within five minutes, a topic is presented that meets scientific standards. In this time, information can be presented that is also contained in papers. In many scientific fields,... continue reading
Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals represent the backbone of science, because information in this medium ideally passes through a review process and is released for publication after peer review. This increases credibility, as a... continue reading
The process of Implicit Logrolling (Buchanan & Tullock,1962) is a form of indirect vote-trading that heavily relies on the bundling of wedge issues. By way of tying specific groupings of policies to attract targeted demographics of voters to a... continue reading
Stochasticity and spatial distribution of pathogens play a critical role in determining the outcome of an infection. 1 in a million immune system cells are specific to a particular pathogen. The serendipitous encounter of rare immune system cells... continue reading
Recent research has revealed a relationship between treatment-resistant depression and micro-structural changes in the brain, including lowered density of dendritic spines in several areas of the brain. Similar structural changes have been... continue reading
We all know that during COVID19 pandemic (1) we followed the safety guidelines and washed our hands properly with soap or any alcohol based sanitizer to prevent COVID 19 viral infection (2). COVID 19 pandemic created more cautiousness in terms of... continue reading
Ethiopia is the cradle of coffee culture, yet early evidence for it is scant. Does the Ge’ez word for coffee reveal clues? I propose an etymological link to the Zorastrian Emperor of Persia, Khosrow I (or II), reflecting contemporaneous Aksumite... continue reading
Insight into the early spread of coffee culture is hampered due to limited sources and uncertainty if they refer to coffea, or another plant. A playful source for debate in coffeaology (the study of coffea) is Arcimboldo’s 1590 masterpiece:... continue reading
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