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Concept: Property


The largest cities, the most frequently used words, the income of the richest countries, and the most wealthy billionaires, can be all described in terms of Zipf’s Law, a rank-size rule capturing the relation between the frequency of a set of objects or events and their size. It is assumed to be one of many manifestations of an underlying power law like Pareto’s or Benford’s, but contrary to popular belief, from a distribution of, say, city sizes and a simple random sampling, one does not obtain Zipf’s law for the largest cities. This pathology is reflected in the fact that Zipf’s Law has a functional form depending on the number of events N. This requires a fundamental property of the sample distribution which we call ‘coherence’ and it corresponds to a ‘screening’ between various elements of the set. We show how it should be accounted for when fitting Zipf’s Law.

Concepts: Rank-size distribution, Property, Lorenz curve, Sample size, Pareto distribution, Sample, Zipf's law


Bicycle sharing systems exist in hundreds of cities around the world, with the aim of providing a form of public transport with the associated health and environmental benefits of cycling without the burden of private ownership and maintenance. Five cities have provided research data on the journeys (start and end time and location) taking place in their bicycle sharing system. In this paper, we employ visualization, descriptive statistics and spatial and network analysis tools to explore system usage in these cities, using techniques to investigate features specific to the unique geographies of each, and uncovering similarities between different systems. Journey displacement analysis demonstrates similar journey distances across the cities sampled, and the (out)strength rank curve for the top 50 stands in each city displays a similar scaling law for each. Community detection in the derived network can identify local pockets of use, and spatial network corrections provide the opportunity for insight above and beyond proximity/popularity correlations predicted by simple spatial interaction models.

Concepts: Property, The Opportunity, Similarity, Geography, Bicycle sharing system, Bike rental, Difference, Networks


In this paper, we study the problem of constructing perfect phylogenies for three-state characters. Our work builds on two recent results. The first result states that for three-state characters, the local condition of examining all subsets of three characters is sufficient to determine the global property of admitting a perfect phylogeny. The second result applies tools from minimal triangulation theory to the partition intersection graph to determine if a perfect phylogeny exists. Despite the wealth of combinatorial tools and algorithms stemming from the chordal graph and minimal triangulation literature, it is unclear how to use such approaches to efficiently construct a perfect phylogeny for three-state characters when the data admits one. We utilize structural properties of both the partition intersection graph and the original data in order to achieve a competitive time bound.

Concepts: Property law, Property, Interval graph, Mathematics, Perfect graph, Chordal graph, Graph theory, Intersection graph


Does becoming aware of a change to a purely visual stimulus necessarily cause the observer to be able to identify or localise the change or can change detection occur in the absence of identification or localisation? Several theories of visual awareness stress that we are aware of more than just the few objects to which we attend. In particular, it is clear that to some extent we are also aware of the global properties of the scene, such as the mean luminance or the distribution of spatial frequencies. It follows that we may be able to detect a change to a visual scene by detecting a change to one or more of these global properties. However, detecting a change to global property may not supply us with enough information to accurately identify or localise which object in the scene has been changed. Thus, it may be possible to reliably detect the occurrence of changes without being able to identify or localise what has changed. Previous attempts to show that this can occur with natural images have produced mixed results. Here we use a novel analysis technique to provide additional evidence that changes can be detected in natural images without also being identified or localised. It is likely that this occurs by the observers monitoring the global properties of the scene.

Concepts: Property, Observer, Identification, Awareness, Localization, Metaphysics, Detection theory, Change


Sharing research data by depositing it in connection with a published article or otherwise making data publicly available sometimes raises intellectual property questions in the minds of depositing researchers, their employers, their funders, and other researchers who seek to reuse research data. In this context or in the drafting of data management plans, common questions are (1) what are the legal rights in data; (2) who has these rights; and (3) how does one with these rights use them to share data in a way that permits or encourages productive downstream uses? Leaving to the side privacy and national security laws that regulate sharing certain types of data, this Perspective explains how to work through the general intellectual property and contractual issues for all research data.

Concepts: Civil and political rights, Property, Property law, Copyright, Intellectual property, Human rights, Law


The advent of farming around 12 millennia ago was a cultural as well as technological revolution, requiring a new system of property rights. Among mobile hunter-gatherers during the late Pleistocene, food was almost certainly widely shared as it was acquired. If a harvested crop or the meat of a domesticated animal were to have been distributed to other group members, a late Pleistocene would-be farmer would have had little incentive to engage in the required investments in clearing, cultivation, animal tending, and storage. However, the new property rights that farming required-secure individual claims to the products of one’s labor-were infeasible because most of the mobile and dispersed resources of a forager economy could not cost-effectively be delimited and defended. The resulting chicken-and-egg puzzle might be resolved if farming had been much more productive than foraging, but initially it was not. Our model and simulations explain how, despite being an unlikely event, farming and a new system of farming-friendly property rights nonetheless jointly emerged when they did. This Holocene revolution was not sparked by a superior technology. It occurred because possession of the wealth of farmers-crops, dwellings, and animals-could be unambiguously demarcated and defended. This facilitated the spread of new property rights that were advantageous to the groups adopting them. Our results thus challenge unicausal models of historical dynamics driven by advances in technology, population pressure, or other exogenous changes. Our approach may be applied to other technological and institutional revolutions such as the 18th- and 19th-century industrial revolution and the information revolution today.

Concepts: Agriculture, Revolution, Private property, Means of production, Communism, Property, Capitalism, Industrial Revolution


Recently SnSe, a layered chalcogenide material, has attracted a great deal of attention for its excellent p-type thermoelectric property showing a remarkable ZT value of 2.6 at 923 K. For thermoelectric device applications, it is necessary to have n-type materials with comparable ZT value. Here, we report that n-type SnSe single crystals were successfully synthesized by substituting Bi at Sn sites. In addition, it was found that the carrier concentration increases with Bi content, which has a great influence on the thermoelectric properties of n-type SnSe single crystals. Indeed, we achieved the maximum ZT value of 2.2 along b axis at 733 K in the most highly doped n-type SnSe with a carrier density of -2.1 × 10(19) cm(-3) at 773 K.

Concepts: Thermoelectric effect, P-type semiconductor, Carrier Corporation, Material, Property, The Carrier, Materials science, Semiconductor


In this review, a non-standard application of high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM), namely the creation of so-called NanoLaboratory for the nanomaterial property studies within its pole piece, is presented. The most modern research trends with respect to nanotube, graphene and nanowire, as well as electrical, mechanical and electromechanical properties are demonstrated. In addition, the unique possibilities of modeling real technological processes inside HRTEM, for example, the performance of Li-ion batteries, are illustrated. The contribution particularly highlights the recent research endeavors of our Tsukuba group in line with all the above-mentioned directions of in situ TEM.

Concepts: Property, Scanning electron microscope, Transmission electron microscopy, Electron microscope, Electron


The applications of ferroelectric thin films such as the sensitivity of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memories are closely linked with large remnant polarization. The high-T© (1-x)Bi(Zn(½)Zr(½))O(3)-xPbTiO(3) (x = 0.7-0.9) thin films with high (100) orientation were fabricated on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO(2)/Si substrates via a sol-gel method. The thin films could be crystallized well in a phase-pure perovskite structure. The electrical properties of the sol-gel-derived BZZ-PT thin films were investigated. A large remanent polarization with 2P® up to 110 μC cm(-2) and a small leakage current of 3.8 × 10(-7) A cm(-2) under an electric field of 150 kV cm(-1) are observed on the 0.2BZZ-0.8PT thin films. Furthermore, a relatively stable polarization fatigue property was achieved, indicating a potential application in high-temperature ferroelectric devices.

Concepts: Electrical engineering, Sol-gel, Perovskite, Property, Electromagnetism, Magnetic field, Electricity, Electric charge


Graphene-based three-dimensional porous macrostructures are believed of great importance in various applications, e.g. supercapacitors, photovoltaic cells, sensors and high-efficiency sorbents. However, to precisely control the microstructures and properties of this material to meet different application requirements in industrial practice remains challenging. We herein propose a facile and highly effective strategy for large-range tailoring the porous architecture and its properties by a modified freeze casting process. The pore sizes and wall thicknesses of the porous graphene can be gradually tuned by 80 times (from 10 to 800 μm) and 4000 times (from 20 nm to 80 μm), respectively. The property experiences the changing from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, with the Young’s Modulus varying by 15 times. The fundamental principle of the porous microstructure evolution is discussed in detail. Our results demonstrate a very convenient and general protocol to finely tailor the structure and further benefit the various applications of porous graphene.

Concepts: Photovoltaics, Property, Tailor, Ceramography, Metallurgy, Microstructure, Materials science, Young's modulus