Views on Life, the World and Everything

Jul 312016

Christina Pahl,a Igor Cavalcanti da Silveira,b Armando Dias Duarte,c Arleson Kennedi Franca dos Santosb

aTechnische Universitaet Ilmenau, Ilmenau, State of Thuringia, Germany
bFederal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Pernambuco, Caruaru, Brazil
cFederal University of Pernambuco, Caruaru, Brazil

Received 14.03.2016, accepted 25.04.2016, published 26.07.2016

JUnQ, 6, 2, 1–6, 2016

The continuous growth in human population implicates an increasing need for water. This demand encloses especially industrial structures. The federal state Pernambuco is one of the leading textile producers in Brazil. Although, the dry sub-humid state represents less than 5% of its national population, it covers approximately 20% of nationally manufactured jeans. Its high water consumption exacerbates the environmental situation during the actual strong drought which continues to impact the entire
northern part of the South American continent. One main factor is the emission of chemically contaminated effluents from industrial laundries to Ipojuca river, being the third most contaminated river in Brazil. In this study, we analyse impact factors contributing to anthropogenic environmental damage in one of Pernambuco’s main jeans producing region, Caruaru, and provide a sustainable solution towards waste water treatment. The methodology encloses a comparison of the exemplary sewage water management in the city Hof, Germany. Our results enclose parameters responsible for the damage to the fragile environment in Pernambuco and the Ipojuca River as well as a model for a sustainable infrastructure of the intended expansion of the industrial park in Caruaru.

Download the article here: Sustainable Processing

Jul 142015

W. Seuntjens

Dutch Academy of ‘Pataphysics, Amsterdam

Received 21.05.2015, accepted 30.06.2015, published 14.07.2015

JUnQ, 5, 2, Views, 17-21, 2015

Collections of quotations are popular because they serve wisdom and wit in condensed form. Sometimes, though, their selected quotations are not quite understandable. Especially quotations from some German authors in a particular German collection seem to suffer from this false air of deep thinking and great intelligence. Is this an incidental one-off or is this a symptom of a general phenomenon?

Do Germans Have a Predilection for the Nebulous?
Nov 112014

Wolter Seuntjens

Dutch Academy of ‘Pataphysics, Amsterdam

Received 09.10.2014, accepted 03.11.2014, published 11.11.2014

JUnQ, 5, 1, Views, ### (not final page numbering), 2015

Sexual promiscuity can be studied quantitatively as a behavior. The qualitative study of the emotions and motives associated with promiscuity is secondary. When heterosexual behavior is studied quantitatively promiscuity is necessarily equal among males and females. In other words, contrary to contemporary popular opinion, the group of human males and the group of human females have the same average number of sex partners.

Read more: Which is the More Promiscuous Sex?

Oct 232014

Raphaël Lévya

aStructural and Chemical Biology, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool Biosciences Bldg, Crown Street, L69 7ZB, UK

Received 17.10.2014, accepted 21.10.2014, published 23.10.2014

JUnQ, 5, 1, Views, XXX, 2015

In the last couple of years, partly because of my involvement in the stripy controversy (more below), I have thought a lot about publishing… and concluded (along with many other people) that the system is absurd, worse, toxic. Public funds are paid to commercial publishers to put publicly-funded research behind paywalls. The (unpaid) hard work of reviewers (which may or may not have led to improvements in the article) remains confidential and does not benefit the community. Publicly-funded researchers waste their time reviewing articles which have already been reviewed several times by other researchers for other journals. Researchers are evaluated on the impact factor of the journals in which they publish even though this is not at all a mea- surement of the quality of an article.[1,2] There is a serious reproducibility crisis[3] but no incentive to reproduce or criticise published work. Those flaws and their consequences can be illustrated by briefly looking at two recent controversies.

Read more: Where to publish our next paper? – Letter to a group member

The Article (and much more) is also available on Raphaël Lévys Blog

Sep 022014

Natascha Gastera, Jorge S. Burnsb, Michael Gastera

aLaboratory of Molecular Physiology, Departments of Pathology and Endocrinology, Odense University Hospital, 5000 Odense, Denmark
bLaboratory of Cell Biology and Advanced Cancer Therapies, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences for Children & Adults, University Hospital of Modena and Reggio Emilia, 41100 Modena, Italy

Received 09.07.2014, accepted 05.08.2014, published 02.09.2014

JUnQ, 5, 1, Views, XXX, 2015

Over the last years the number of manuscripts published by single authors has diminished. This is despite single author articles having qualities unattainable in multi-author-papers. They present an opportunity to publish opinionated and creative thoughts unbound by compromise. Moreover they represent a unique vision of the research process. This being said they may be undervalued, as they are appraised similarly to the multi-author manuscripts and this might call for a change in evaluation metrics.

Read more: Single Authors – an Exterminated Race – Increasing Numbers by Increasing Credit?

Jul 312014

Rainer Stark

Former vice president Quality and Environment, Continental AG

Received 11.05.2014, accepted 20.06.2014, published 31.07.2014

JUnQ, 4, 2, Views, 28-31, 2014

Rainer Stark studied mathematics and physics at the TU Braunschweig (Germany) and received his PhD in mathematics. After a short intermezzo as lecturer for didactics of mathematics at the University Vechta, he moved to Hannover to work for Continental AG. In the more than 30 years at Continental, he worked in many positions, last as vice president Quality and Environment. Further, he was an elected member of the board of directors at Continental for eight years as representative of the executive employees. Rainer Stark is honorary professor at the Leibnitz University Hannover. He received the B.A.U.M. (Bundesdeutscher Arbeitskreis f?r Umweltbewusstes Management e.V.) environmental prize for the “development and implementation of an integrated environment management”. Since his age-related departure from Continental AG, Rainer Stark works as consultant for business management.

Quality of Quality Systems - A Critical Review
Dec 302013

Wolter Seuntjens1

1Dutch Academy of ’Pataphysics, Amsterdam

JUnQ, 4, 1, 11-15, 2014 (Received 30.05.2013, published online 30.12.2013)

Science supposedly seeks true knowledge or, simply, truth. Much has been written regarding the scientific method. But what about the sources of science? In the history of science, both the textual and the empirical have been favorites. This article poses the question which is the proper, superior or even supreme source for the study of mankind. An integrative solution is proposed: poetic science.

Read more: What is the Proper Study of Mankind: Man or Books?