Monthly Archives: January 2017

4th International Conference on Neural Field Theory (ICNFT) – The Interplay of Models and Data Assimilation

July 3-5, 2017, University of Reading, United Kingdom. web page: ————————————————————- Neural Mass Modelling and Neural Field Theory is a growing and very active area of research with important applications in medicine and technology. Activities range from the simulation of neural populations to the analysis of neural field equations, from neural modelling of cognitive and… Read more »

Free Internet based paraphrasing tools: further threats to academic integrity


Paraphrasing tools, or article “spinners”, are free Internet sites which use computer programs to change writing so it looks different to the original text. While it may look different to the source material, using the output from an online tool can be considered a form of plagiarism or cheating as it is not an individual’s work but the work of a machine. This study, published in the International Journal for Educational Integrity, shows that the machine outputs are of poor quality, cannot be trusted and there are ways of detecting their use.

A new law is needed to tackle contract cheating in the UK


Students paying for someone else to write assessments for them, otherwise known as contract cheating, is an issue that poses a threat to educational standards. One of the common suggestions to address this issue is a legal approach. In an article published today in the International Journal for Educational Integrity the authors look at whether the UK Fraud Act could be used to combat contract cheating and explore other approaches that may be more effective. Here the authors tell us more.

Adding nitrogen improves efficiency of titanium dioxide solar cells


Improved solar cell efficiency (and improved cost of manufacture) is one of the most critical factors in further developing solar energy. Experimenting with perovskite solar cells (perovskites are compounds with a crystal structure that follows the form of naturally-occurring calcium titanium trioxide (CaTiO3) even when using other elements) has produced more efficient solar cells. Now,… Read more »


Zircon crystals as recorder of the Earth’s magnetic field

(Guest post by Masahiko Sato) Geomagnetic field paleointensity data provide critical information about the thermal evolution of the Earth, and the state of the geomagnetic field has been closely related to the surface environment. While it is pivotal to understand the variations in geomagnetic field intensity through the history of the Earth, data are still… Read more »

The Journal of Big Data has been accepted into Scopus

The Journal of Big Data has recently been accepted into Scopus, an extensive database of peer-reviewed literature. Editors-in-Chief Borko Furht and Taghi Khoshgoftaar reflect on the computer science journal’s past, present, and exciting future.

Potential fault slip areas are still left in Nepal?


(Guest post by Tomokazu Kobayashi) SAR satellite observation A satellite-based observation has a strong point in that spatially comprehensive ground information can be grasped at once even in a vast region. A synthetic aperture radar interferometry (InSAR) is an application technique of SAR observation by which we can remotely measure ground deformation with centimeter-level accuracy with… Read more »