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    Bike-sharing schemes might seem like a waste of space, but the economics makes sense

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Have you ever walked past (or tripped over) a shared bike and wondered how it’s possible for the business to survive with a ride costing as little as A$2 per half hour? [...]

    300,000 women are missing from economics

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Economics is an overwhelmingly male field; and the problem is not going away. Less than a third of economics students today are women. A pervasive myth about the missing women students in economics – about 300,000 of them in the US alone by our rough count – is that the problem is their poor maths skills. You know: economics is too maths focused, and women are maths-phobic, right? That must be the problem. [...]

    Researchers learn more about maximizing brain use

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Neuroscientists from Higher School of Economics and Charité University Clinic in Berlin have come up with a new multivariate method for predicting behavioural response to a stimulus using information about the phase of preceding neuronal oscillations recorded with EEG. The method may eventually find practical application in fields such as competitive sports, education and patient treatment. The study’s findings are published in a paper titled “On optimal spatial filtering for the detection of phase coupling in multivariate neural recordings” in NeuroImage. [...]

    Times Higher Education names MIT No. 2 university worldwide for the arts and humanities

    Original @ MIT News – Humanities Schools of Architecture and Planning; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and several centers are home to the arts and humanities at MIT. [...]

    Statistics reveals new, more precise insight into upward mobility between generations

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories As political rhetoric containing promises of education, social opportunities and other development for disadvantaged people continues to fill the airwaves, economics researchers have developed state-of-the-art statistical methods that uncover the impact of different aspects of upward mobility (or lack thereof), aside from parental income. The new research, titled “Status Traps,” appears in a recent issue of the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. [...]

    We Need Space’s Endless Resources to Expand as a Species

    Original @ Singularity Hub In an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in San Francisco, space entrepreneur Bob Richards gave us a rundown of current efforts to explore, mine, and even settle the moon. Richards is co-founder, president, and CEO of Moon Express, a space transportation and lunar resources company at Cape Canaveral. Moon Express is a finalist in […] [...]

    Best poster at ESMO 2017 shows positive trials twice as likely to be reported in lay press

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Randomised controlled trials with positive results are twice as likely to be reported by the lay press as those with negative trials, according to results from the Best Poster in Public Health and Health Economics at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid. T… [...]

    Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy

    Original @ MIT News – Energy Ancient technology could be used to level electricity prices for renewables. [...]

    Two sciences tie the knot

    Original @ MIT News – Economics A new major combining computer science and economics will prepare students for designing the virtual marketplaces of the future. [...]

    Methodology for assessing the value of new medicines

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories An innovative new methodology for evaluating the benefits of new medicines has been developed by a team of researchers led by health economics and policy experts from the Department of Health Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Scien… [...]