Insights in Commercialization of Curcumin based Wound Dressings

With the latest modeling of smart wound dressings for continuous evaluation of wounds, cost-effective and ground solutions are important. Curcumin though well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties from ages, its use for... continue reading

Marginal Cost of a Public School Student Depends on the State Funding Formula

The marginal cost of a public education is important, as public schools must take all students in their area. The higher fixed costs are as a proportion of total costs, the more difficult it is for public schools to adjust spending in response to... continue reading

Why do medical schools use learning management systems so little?

In an eLearning workshop, at the 2007 Canadian Conference on Medical Education, there was an informal survey of Canadian medical schools about their use of learning management systems (LMS). All schools had one but their use was very sparse.... continue reading

Surround Sound Pickup for String Instruments

This idea describes an innovation in the field of organology, or the science of musical instruments. It is [generally... continue reading

name preferences: general vs specific, causation vs correlation

I suspect that there is a correlation between areas of the US where carbonated beverages are called soda vs pop and areas where Coke is preferred over Pepsi. Is this correct? If so, what might cause it? Beverage companies using their preferred... continue reading

Toward Developing a Comprehensive Theory of Immunology for Guiding Future Immunological Research

Concluding my research in plant and comparative immunology, I theorized that immunity is fundamentally the genetic program’s ability to resist change and maintain homeostasis. All immunological phenomena are governed not by molecular... continue reading

AutoLab: Can an AI Replace Human Data Collectors?

Can an autonomous AI conduct experiments on real humans in a lab safely and efficiently? With Automated Laboratory (AutoLab), our open-source ubiquitous computing project, we will do just that.... continue reading

Dementia is a Hydra: Care v. Cure.

Care versus cure is the current dilemma within dementia research. Is it ethical to prioritise resources to find a cure? Is this even possible? What is the projected timeframe? Clinical trials are long, costly procedures and bringing a drug to... continue reading

Geographic Isolation and Pork Barrel Projects

In The Political Economy of Benefits and Costs: A Neoclassical Approach to Distributive Politics (Journal of Political Economy, 1981), Weingast, Shepsle and Johnsen lay out the costs and benefits of geographically earmarked pork barrel spending.... continue reading

The Effect of Smoking Bans on Exercising by Non-smokers

Smoking bans have shown to have many effects, some intended, some unintended, like Adams and Cotti's (2008, Journal of Public Economics) finding that smoking bans led to more fatal accidents from drunk driving. The mechanism is that smokers were... continue reading

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