Terrorism as a Factor of Production in a Coup D'état

Terror campaigns are perceived as a “.. weapon of the weak..” (Leiden & Schmitt, 1968), a refuge for actors lacking the political capital for a full coup d’état. Concentrated acts of terror could provide subversive political factions with clout,... continue reading

CompScat: Python package for Compton Scattering simulation for educational purposes

Compton scattering is the process in which an incident photon scatters with a stationary electron. Owing to its simplicity, Compton Scattering remains one of the processes introduced to High school students as well as to early undergraduates.... continue reading

Dolphin whistles as frequency modulated carriers for amplitude modulation encoded information

Acoustic encodings for identity in the signature vocalizations of an individual should be perceived as similar to each other while distinct from those of other individuals (Falls, 1982; Shapiro, 2010). In contrast, different non-identity... continue reading

Stratified sortition for balancing representativeness and efficiency in large participatory institutions

As a self-governing institution grows, it becomes a target for elite capture. Sortition, or governance by lottery, is a mechanism displacing elites and for preserving democratic rule. A large legislature with randomly appointed representatives, or... continue reading

Asteroid Defense Using Cleavage Agents

Traditional asteroid defense uses methods such as high-speed collisions or explosions, which require relatively large amounts of energy. However, it takes a long time to use Solar sail or other electric propulsion to drag asteroids away. It is... continue reading

Solar photovoltaic power stations in dry cereal farmland: how to convert habitat loss into landscape heterogeneity

Agricultural intensification has caused the decline of farmland bird populations across Europe (Donald et al. 2001; [Rigal et al.... continue reading

Centralizing the ways in which science is classified

Although the OECD and the European Union have generated structures to define research areas for various purposes, such classifications hinder the development of interdisciplinary studies. Usually, these classifications characterise an application... continue reading

Open science and open government: where fairness does not always apply to its governance

Although the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability, stakeholders' participation, as well as participation and collaboration, are shared by both the open government and open science paradigms, referring to these practices often... continue reading

A package to read SPARC data to extract Galactic Rotation Curves

Galaxy rotation curves are a class of plots which have velocity of the galactic objects on the y-axis and the x-axis represents their radial distances from the galactic center. The experimental data indicates flatness of the curve which is... continue reading

Self-propagating mRNAs, a novel gene therapy method and delivery vector

Self-propagating mRNAs could be engineered to replicate itself and exit cells via microvesicles. They could be used in gene therapy to express target genes without disrupting the genomic DNA. These mRNAs have multiple open reading frames (ORFs).... continue reading

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