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Publons Update 13 - April 4th 2014

Well, hello and welcome again! Time for some updates from the Publons world.

Publons News

In Wellington (New Zealand) next week? Want to come celebrate our first birthday with us? You're invited!

Pop us an email at info@publons.com and we'll tell you when and where :)

New blog post

We do like to blather on about how brilliant we think our staff are, and the proof keeps rolling in! Coder Matthew Betts (and the rest of Publons, of course) expressed much happiness at his win at an academic competition last week. More details on our blog…

New Reviews

Review of Bands, spin fluctuations, and traces of Fermi surfaces in angle-resolved photoemission intensities for high-T_{c} cuprates

An excerpt from Ben Mallett's review: 'The paper tests a possible explanation of somewhat puzzling experimental data. While not pedagogical, it does a good job of describing methods, assumptions and illustrating concepts. One conclusion of the paper is "that spin-phonon coupling is at work in the cuprates" and while this paper does not prove this (nor does it claim to), its results are compatible with and lend weight to the notion.'

Vertical graphene base transistor

An excerpt from Chun Cheah's review: 'The article [1] is well-written, presenting atomistic, ab-initio simulations of a graphene base transistor. The motivation of using graphene in a novel device, so-called the 'graphene base transistor' is clearly explained (see my summary of the paper's findings below).'

New Discussions

Conductance of partially disordered graphene: Crossover from temperature-dependent to field-dependent variable-range hopping

An excerpt from Chun Cheah's discussion point: 'In a forthcoming paper, we have extended our hopping crossover model in Ref. [1] for disordered graphene, to apply also to disordered carbon materials of dimensionalities other than two [3].'

New Papers

We've had numerous new papers added to the site over the last two weeks, and they're all eminently worth of review and discussion. They include:
Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity

A recent meta-analysis of experiments from seven independent laboratories (n = 26) indicates that the human body can apparently detect randomly delivered stimuli occurring 1-10 s in the future (Mossbridge et al., 2012).

An energy balance study of the lower topside ionosphere using the Arecibo incoherent scatter radar and heating facilities

In this paper we describe the results of an experiment to study electron and ion temperature enhancements during an HF modification experiment at the Arecibo Observatory.

Government Surveillance and Internet Search Behavior

This paper uses data from Google Trends on search terms from before and after the surveillance revelations of June 2013 to analyze whether Google users' search behavior shifted as a result of an exogenous shock in information about how closely their internet searches were being monitored by the U. S. government.

Urban Physics: Effect of the micro-climate on comfort, health and energy demand

The global trend towards urbanisation explains the growing interest in the study of the modification of the urban climate due to the heat island effect and global warming, and its impact on energy use of buildings. Also urban comfort, health and durability, referring respectively to pedestrian wind/thermal comfort, pollutant dispersion and wind-driven rain are of interest.

Protein nanostructures in food - Should we be worried?

Nanotechnology promises to affect many aspects of our lives with its development being greeted with both excitement and fear. The debate concerning nanotechnology has echoed that of genetically engineered organisms and their introduction into the environment and the food chain.

Humans Can Discriminate More than 1 Trillion Olfactory Stimuli

The lay and scientific literature typically claims that humans can discriminate 10,000 odors, but this number has never been empirically validated. We determined the resolution of the human sense of smell…On the basis of the results of psychophysical testing, we calculated that humans can discriminate at least 1 trillion olfactory stimuli.


And that's it for this week - of course, there's lots more activity from last two weeks, and you can see it all on our Latest Content page. As always, please do keep in touch! We'd love to hear from you with comments, questions and thoughts.

Yours in science,

The Publons Team

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