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Collective Behavior

Beat the ants to the best food.

LIU YU (ERNEST) 6 DAYS AGO

Is network science falling back to earth?

HONGLI ZENG 2 WEEKS AGO

Scientists are increasingly obsessed with their own impact and how to measure it. In some ways, this obsession has been forced on them, by the movement in the 1990s to using number of citations to measure impact. But, even without these external pressures to perform, tools like Google scholar make it ...

The 24-Hour Science Challenge: A Social Experiment in Ope...

DAMIEN FARINE 3 WEEKS AGO

Scientific papers are the bread and butter of scientific discourse. Most papers reflect the final product of months, if not years or even decades, of effort. They are meant to be high-quality, well-thought-out, polished works. So when we say that we decided to try to write a paper in 24 hours, we can ...

The evolution of football formations

DAVID SUMPTER 1 MONTH AGO

Natural selection has shaped a whole range of different animal groups, from V-like formations of geese to circular mills of schooling fish. These shapes are the result of millions of years of evolution. Animals that hold their formation survive and those that don’t follow the group die out, either l...

Will reading the New York Times make me pregnant?

JAMES HERBERT-READ 1 MONTH AGO

The New York Times provided an estimate of"How Likely Is It That Birth Control Could Let You Down?" over a 10 year period. They estimate how many women will have at least one unplanned pregnancy in a ten year period depending on the type of contraception they use. For "typical" use, 86% of women usin...

Did you spot the real fish?

DAVID SUMPTER 1 MONTH AGO

Thank you very much to all of you for playing our 'Fish Turing Test'. We have had thousands of players for all over the world. The map below shows the locations of the people who have tried to tell the difference between real and simulated fish. If you played the game, then you already know if ...

Microfinance: The power of collective behavior

RANJULA BALI SWAIN 1 MONTH AGO

Microfinance revolutionized the conventional wisdom that the poor were un-bankable. It demonstrated that microfinance or provision of small scale financial services to a group of poor individuals (predominantly women) could result in almost full repayment. This was in sharp contrast to decades of subs...

Are complex voting systems worth the effort?

ALEX SZORKOVSZKY 1 MONTH AGO

In the Australian 2013 elections the Motoring Enthusiasts Party won a seat in the senate. Their unlikely success wasn't down to a sudden increase in support, they got only 0.5% of first-preference votes in the state, but was a consequence of the peculiarities of the Australian electoral system. ...

The End and the Future of Occupy Central

VIKTORIA SPAISER 1 MONTH AGO

The Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) protest in Hong Kong lasted for more than 20 days and it seems the protests now come to an end with police clearing the protest camps. Or is there still a chance for the protests to resume? In mid-September, the Chinese University of Hong Kong conducted a ...

The most exceptional democracy in the world

DAVID SUMPTER 2 MONTHS AGO

The last 30 years have seen a global trend towards greater democracy. In particular, Eastern Europe, South America and parts of South East Asia have all become more democratic. These changes have been documented by Freedom House, who measure civil liberties and political rights. They provide a number ...

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