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Smart electrical grids more vulnerable to cyber attacks

(Elsevier) Electricity distribution systems in the USA are gradually being modernized and transposed to smart grids, which make use of two-way communication and computer processing. This is making them increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Show More Summary

400-million-year-old fish fossil reveals jaw structure linked to humans

A new study from ANU on a 400 million year old fish fossil has found a jaw structure that is part of the evolutionary lineage linked to humans.

Multicolor MRIs could aid disease detection

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have developed a method that could make magnetic resonance imaging—MRI—multicolor. Current MRI techniques rely on a single contrast agent injected into a patient's veins to vivify images. Show More Summary

Domestic abuse 'workshops' reduce repeat offending and harm to public

The first domestic abuse policing strategy in UK history to be trialled under experimental conditions has found that an inexpensive two-day course in behaviour management for first offenders resulted in 35% fewer men reoffending against their partner, and reduced further harm to victims by over a quarter.

Follow the Bitcoin to find victims of human trafficking

(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) A team of university researchers has devised the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin -- the primary payment method for online sex ads. Show More Summary

Turning pollen into a low-cost fertilizer

As the world population continues to balloon, agricultural experts puzzle over how farms will produce enough food to keep up with demand. One tactic involves boosting crop yields. Toward that end, scientists have developed a method to make a low-cost, biocompatible fertilizer with carbon dots derived from rapeseed pollen. Show More Summary

Chapman University's School of Pharmacy receives research grants totaling $3.5 million

(Chapman University) Chapman University's four-year-old School of Pharmacy continues its aggressive growth in federal grant awards. The School's faculty -- in addition to the grant money some have brought with them from other institutions...Show More Summary

“Networking the Party: First Amendment Rights & the Pursuit of Responsive Party Government”

Tabatha Abu El-Haj has posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This Article argues that the Supreme Court’s party jurisprudence is predicated on a set of theoretical assumptions that do not hold true in the real world of … Continue reading ?

Modeling human psychology

(Université de Genève) A human being's psychological make-up depends on an array of emotional and motivational parameters. It includes spatial and temporal dimensions that also play a key role in rationalizing the decisions we make. Researchers from UNIGE, Texas, Paris and London joined forces to create a mathematical model of embodied consciousness. Show More Summary

Want Happy and Healthy Kids? Just Say “NO!”

When asked what they want for their kids, many parents respond, “I just want them to be happy and healthy.” Such a simple, harmless, laudable goal! And yet, such an orientation frequently results in parents giving their kids too much stuff, too many experiences, at too early an age. […]

“About those ‘democracy vouchers.’ They didn’t work for everyone”

KUOW: This year, Seattle embarked on a bold political experiment in public funding for elections: the Democracy Voucher program. But Hisam Goueli, a candidate for Seattle City Council Position 8, says the new voucher system is broken and lead to “frustration and … Continue reading ?

OCD and Sleep Timing

I’ve been writing about obsessive-compulsive disorder for about ten years now, and my most-read posts, by far, are those that discuss sleep and sleep deprivation. OCD, by its very nature, is unconducive to a good night’s sleep. How can you sleep when you have to […]

Going 'green' with plant-based resins

Airplanes, electronics and solar cells are all in demand, but the materials holding these items together—epoxy thermosets—are not environmentally friendly. Now, a group reports in ACS' journal Macromolecules that they have created a plant-based thermoset that could make devices "greener."

“Gerrymandering and the Constitutional Norm Against Government Partisanship”

This looks good! Michael Kang has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Michigan Law Review). Here is the abstract: The Article challenges the basic premise in the law of partisan gerrymandering that government partisan purpose is constitutional at all. The central … Continue reading ?

Candy cane supercapacitor could enable fast charging of mobile phones

Supercapacitors promise recharging of phones and other devices in seconds and minutes as opposed to hours for batteries. But current technologies are not usually flexible, have insufficient capacities, and for many their performance quickly degrades with charging cycles.

“The Voter Purge Crusade That Preceded Trump’s Sketchy Elections Commission”

Tierney Sneed for TPM: Vice President Mike Pence, leader of President Trump’s shady “Elections Integrity” commission kicked off its first meeting last month with a promise that it would have “no preconceived notions or preordained results.” But like many of its other members, commissioner … Continue reading ?

Empty Pedestals Need to be Interpreted

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville we are now witnessing a wave of Confederate monument removals across the country. Yesterday a group tore down a Confederate soldier statue […]

For a true war on waste, the fashion industry must spend more on research

The rise of fast fashion in Australia means 6000 kg of clothing is dumped in landfill every 10 minutes. The ABC's War On Waste visualised this statistic by piling a giant mound of clothing waste in the middle of the city. So what to do about it?

Recycled office chairs transformed into hard-shell backpacks and bicycle panniers

Old office chairs are being transformed into hard-shell backpacks and bicycle panniers as part of an innovative new project.

Ten Questions for Margaret Jull Costa on Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet

The Portuguese modernist par excellence Fernando Pessoa remains an immense figure in world literature. Any significant new translation of his work is an event worthy of attention (all the more so because much of his writing remains unstransalted still). But what do you call it when his undisputed masterpiece is translated in a new, impeccably Continue Reading

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