Are male killer whale (Orcinus orca) dorsal fins indicators of fitness?

The females of many animals may assess the fitness and health of males via displays or physical features, such as the tail of a peacock [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signalling_theory]. Physical features may be a “handicap” that fit males can... continue reading

Neurocognitive basis of procrastination: the need for more startlines than deadlines

Research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience has provided evidence that goals are maintained by sustained goal representations in prefrontal cortex (Miller & Cohen, 2001). Such goal... continue reading

Dissecting the OA Citation Advantage: Bayesian approaches will be superior to randomised control trials

The idea that open access articles are more highly cited is attractive, particularly for open access advocates. While there have been many retrospective cohort analyses that suggest citations advantages of various sizes, randomized control trials... continue reading

Affectivity to liminality a factor in psychogenesis

A liminal phase is one where the subject experiences his existence as being in a non-controlled or controllable environment, one that is insecure, unfamiliar and thus anxiety producing. Everyone routinely slips in and out of liminal phases from... continue reading

Behavioral Economics: The Way Forward in Education

Behavioral Economics focuses on modelling the decision-making process of individuals, by exploring the emotional, psychological, and social factors that lead to those decisions. Although it primarily focuses on economic decisions nonetheless there... continue reading

Using a lens instead of a mirror for collimating light in display holography

When recording display holograms, the traditional method of collimating (making parallel) a diverging light beam is to use a parabolic mirror. This is a good method for the least light loss and the most perfect collimation, but the mirror needs to... continue reading

Playing Football behind closed doors: A natural experiment on the link between crowd support and home advantage

In football, as in many other sports, there is a sizeable advantage for the home team, found all around the globe, which means that home teams have a significantly higher chance of winning. While this effect has shrunk over the years, the exact... continue reading

COVID-19: Merging Twitter with the Journal of Brief Ideas to improve knowledge production in emergencies

There are a lot of great ideas poured in Twitter on several topics and COVID19. Its time to published them also in the Journal of Brief Ideas http://beta.briefideas.org/ . The advantages are that is fully machine quotable, instant publication,... continue reading

Tuesday/Thursday shutdowns as a reduced economic impact alternative for epidemic control

Total isolation and quarantine are being deployed in citiesaffected by the COVID-19 infection. These measures, while effective, have devastating socio-economic consequences. An alternative method which could achieve a major reduction in the... continue reading

Want to be a Martian? Be a photoautotrophic man

Being a Martian is not too far impossible. Now, scientists are looking forward to changing the Martian environment into a favorable state with the current advancement of the technology. Producing O2and food are predominantly seen challenges at... continue reading

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