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

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

Cannabis and human creativity: hyper-priming, eureka moments and intermittent abstinence

Cannabis has undeniably been used to prime our imagination and creativity for centuries. As critical thinkers of all walks of life explore the use and impact of cannabis on today's society, one cannot omit the clear ability of the plant to bestow... continue reading

To set an outpost of remote sensing, navigation and communication on the Phobos

The rotation and revolution of the Phobos are very stable with the same locked period, which make one side of the Phobos always facing the Mars. For multi operations and applications, we suggest to build a comperhensive outpost on or in this side... continue reading

Bury bone ash to asteroids

Land resources are very tight in the Earth. We can bury dead person‘s bone ash to asteroids. Some people are very rich, they may want to pay funds to do this. And the funds can be used to develop human's space science and deep space exploration.... continue reading

Could a primeval version of the Basque 'Jentilak' tale be 25.000-year-old?

In the deepest part at the end of Llonín Cave (Asturias, Northern Spain), a fortuitous configuration of minor protuberances and cracks in the wall suggests the lateral outline of an 80 cm high anthropomorphic head, whereas a minor depression... continue reading

Kickstarting research into end-to-end trigger systems

The data volumes (O(TB/s)) created at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are too large to record. Typical rejection factors are O(100-1000), and using as little CPU time as possible to reject an event is the goal. More powerful decision... continue reading

Pre-registration of a test for statistical significance of a GALFA-HI -- WMAP ILC correlation

In 2007 Gerrit Verschuur proposed that HI structures as seen in the Leiden-Argentina-Bonn 36' HI survey of the sky are correlated with structures in the WMAP sky, which are typically ascribed to the CMB.

He... continue reading

The End of the Party: A New Approach to Parliamentary Democracy

Today’s party democracy suffers from two issues. First, members of parliament (MPs) should represent voters’ opinions. Yet their free mandate often suffers from obligations to vote in accordance with party interests and is therefore overridden by... continue reading

Using kittens to unlock photo-sharing website datasets

Mining photo-sharing websites is a promising approach to complement in situ and satellite observations of the environment, however a challenge is to deal with the large degree of noise inherent to online social datasets. Using the Flickr... continue reading

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