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    Resisting Economic Crises with the Grondona System of Currency Convertibility

    Resisting Economic Crises with the Grondona System of Currency Convertibility

    Currency crises are a major feature of the world economy we live in, and many governments face the challenge of defending their currency’s exchange-rate. A system of currency and money needs a standard of value to be stable, but no such system has existed since the end of the US Gold Standard in 1971. Professor Patrick Collins of Azabu University in Japan and his colleagues perform detailed simulations and argue that the Grondona system of conditional currency convertibility is the only practical method to stabilise currencies in our modern world.

    • 8 min
    Rethinking Forest Conservation as a Human Affair – Dr Claude Garcia and Dr Patrick Waeber

    Rethinking Forest Conservation as a Human Affair – Dr Claude Garcia and Dr Patrick Waeber

    Climate change and land-use changes are shaping the future of the world’s forests. Initiatives to halt deforestation and forest degradation are consistently missing their targets, despite political and public support. A key reason for this lack of effectiveness may be the failure to account for human behaviour. Dr Claude Garcia and Dr Patrick Waeber from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology use theoretical models and games to demonstrate how accounting for social and behavioural factors could significantly improve the outcomes of forest management.

    • 10 min
    Building Resilience in the Modern Electricity Grid - Dr Hashem Nehrir, Montana State University

    Building Resilience in the Modern Electricity Grid - Dr Hashem Nehrir, Montana State University

    As the electricity generation landscape transforms at a breakneck pace, the techniques engineers use to maintain a high performance in the electricity grid are struggling to keep up. Through a new study, Dr Hashem Nehrir and several of his former students at Montana State University delve into a variety of potential solutions, which have been presented by global research teams over the past two decades. Through an advanced algorithm, they have now brought together the findings of these studies and present a new grid architecture that could ensure our electricity infrastructures remain resilient well into the future.

    • 8 min
    Are Poly-aneuploid Cancer Cells the Keystone Cure for Cancer - Dr Kenneth J. Pienta

    Are Poly-aneuploid Cancer Cells the Keystone Cure for Cancer - Dr Kenneth J. Pienta

    ‘Our audacious idea is to cure cancer.’ Dr Kenneth Pienta at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA, speaks with genuine passion about his ground-breaking research. With his team, he has recently discovered that in every type of cancer, a special type of rare cancer cell – a polyaneuploid cancer cell (PACC) – exists and hides within the greater cancer cell population. The team hypothesises that ‘PACCs are a master mediator of therapy tolerance’ and thus, the critical treatment target. Now, in a call to arms, Dr Pienta is asking researchers and scientists across diverse disciplines to unite in developing a cure for cancer.

    • 14 min
    The DOZE App A Unique Approach To Overcoming Sleep Problems In Young Adults – Dr Colleen Carney

    The DOZE App A Unique Approach To Overcoming Sleep Problems In Young Adults – Dr Colleen Carney

    Poor sleep is a common difficulty issue for teenagers and young adults worldwide. Unfortunately, the impact of poor sleep is substantial with clear links to mental health difficulties. Dr Colleen Carney, an Associate Professor and the Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, Canada, is committed to helping people sleep better. Dr Carney has recently turned her expertise to the development of an innovative app to alleviate sleep problems in teenagers and young adults.

    • 11 min
    The Effects of Autonomy on Motivation in Different Cultures - Dr Ritu Tripathi

    The Effects of Autonomy on Motivation in Different Cultures - Dr Ritu Tripathi

    Social psychology is the scientific study of individuals in society. An immense body of work has demonstrated that social cues, such as the facial expressions and body language of others, affect our motivation. One line of research suggests that autonomy-supportive instructions enhance motivation. However, this work has primarily been conducted in Western contexts and relatively little has been established about the universality of such effects across different cultures. Dr Ritu Tripathi at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore and her colleagues are working to overcome this knowledge gap, with important theoretical and methodological implications for the business world and beyond.

    • 10 min

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