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Universal properties of mythological networks

Posted By Administration, 26 July 2012

This article from Pádraig Mac Carron and Ralph Kenna was published in EPL Volume 99 Number 2 and is available at:
http://iopscience.iop.org/0295-5075/99/2/28002

Abstract
As in statistical physics, the concept of universality plays an important, albeit qualitative, role in the field of comparative mythology. Here we apply statistical mechanical tools to analyse the networks underlying three iconic mythological narratives with a view to identifying common and distinguishing quantitative features. Of the three narratives, an Anglo-Saxon and a Greek text are mostly believed by antiquarians to be partly historically based while the third, an Irish epic, is often considered to be fictional. Here we use network analysis in an attempt to discriminate real from imaginary social networks and place mythological narratives on the spectrum between them. This suggests that the perceived artificiality of the Irish narrative can be traced back to anomalous features associated with six characters. Speculating that these are amalgams of several entities or proxies, renders the plausibility of the Irish text comparable to the others from a network-theoretic point of view.

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Helping superconductors turn up the heat

Posted By Administration, 19 June 2012
EurekAlert! - Public release date: 18-Jun-2012
Contact: Annette Gallagher, University of Miami

A team of physicists from the University of Miami introduces a breakthrough in the understanding of high-temperature superconductivity


CORAL GABLES, FL (June 18, 2012)--Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) are unveiling a novel theory for high-temperature superconductivity. The team hopes the new finding gives insight into the process, and brings the scientific community closer to achieving superconductivity at higher temperatures than currently possible. This is a breakthrough that could transform our world. (...)

The study, titled "Pairing Glue Activation in Curates within the Quantum Critical Regime," is published online ahead of print by the journal Europhysics Letters.

Read the complete article at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-06/uom-hst061812.php

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EPL has published its first letter submitted directly from the International Space Station.

Posted By Administration, 03 February 2012
Direct measurement of the speed of sound in a complex plasma under microgravity conditions by M. Schwabe et al.

Read the article here.

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EPL is pleased to publish an article by the 2010 Nobel Prize laureate Andre Geim et al

Posted By Administration, 03 February 2012
Revealing common artifacts due to ferromagnetic inclusions in highly-oriented pyrolytic graphite.

Read the article here.

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