European Citizen Science via the web: potentials, expectations and way ahead
We envision a web-enabled European Citizen Science Platform that opens research supported by the European Union for collaborations with the public. Our initial investigations concentrate on environmental sciences and sustainability research in... continue reading
Case Report from Liyang China: Innovative Virtual Learning without Video Connectivity, Inspired by Blind Schools
Virtual learning includes realtime video lessons, which demands video connectivity that is not always available in many places on Earth. Existing free audio conference apps can use improvements on security, while adding a new secure video learning... continue reading
Extragalactic radio sources as lighthouses for SETI
The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is one of the most ambitious scientific endeavors. It aims at detecting signals produced intentionally or unintentionally by extraterrestrial civilizations ([Siemion et al.,... continue reading
Reducing the peer review burden and raising grant success rates by passing a simple law
Pass a law that limits the total dollars that a research organization can request from the federal government to three times the average dollars they received in previous years. This would immediately change the average success rate of grants to... continue reading
Piracy and (Digital) Economy - Beneficial side-effects of outlawed acts and black market economies for societies.
There are various pointers in recent research that suggest that product piracy as a means of distribution is a mayor factor in not only innovation but also education and economic advancement. Independent studies also show positive effects for the... continue reading
The Effect of Economists and Other Professions on Economic Growth
There is a literature on the effects of lawyers on economic growth that suggests that much legal activity is either unproductive or rent-seeking. While the empirical results in this literature are mixed, there is a larger question of why does the... continue reading
COVID-19 treatment using magnetic hyperthermia
Although it is not widely available, magnetic hyperthermia is a good approach to be used in elevating the tissue temperature, especially in cancer treatment (Giustini et al., 2010). Magnetic nanoparticles (MNP's) can be manipulated by applying a... continue reading
Reverse nudge theory - when the many nudge the few.
Nudge Theory, popularised by Thaler & Sunstein, proposes that our decisions can be biased by relatively small changes in choice architecture. While we... continue reading
Is the rise of hedging language in scientific papers correlated in time with the rise in peer review?
In a talk at FORCE2016 (https://www.force11.org/meetings/force2016), Steven Pinker discussed bad writing in science, and mentioned how it had changed over time. One of his statements was that scientists hedge (for example, using hedge words such... continue reading
A Neural Calendar in the Human Brain
The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus is the principal component of the mammalian biological clock, the neural timing system that generates and coordinates a broad spectrum of physiological, endocrine and behavioral circadian... continue reading
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