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Basic Research

Did you know that anyone can get involved in basic research, and that scientists in all kinds of fields are doing it? Including chemistry, language, economics, quantum electronics, particle physics, and middle age literature?

ScienceNordic is running a special theme on basic research. We will try to cover questions like: what is the point of basic research, who pays for it, who does it, and how does it benefit society? Bookmark this page to stay up to date with the new articles on basic research here at ScienceNordic.

Scientists: There is too much focus on positive results

The scientific community’s focus on publishing positive results leaves a sizeable amount of research that is either incorrect or in some cases dangerous.

Nordic project will solve a riddle of dramatic climate change

Scientists in Denmark and Norway seek to reveal what caused rapid climate change events first discovered in the early Greenland ice cores.

How psychiatry was revolutionised by a treatment discovered in a shed

In 1949, an Australian doctor discovered that lithium was an effective treatment against bipolar disease. But it almost went forgotten.

Basic research crisis? Many results cannot be replicated

Many scientific studies cannot be replicated and this is symptomatic of a wider crisis in basic research, say scientists.

Crisis in basic research: scientists publish too much

Scientists slice their results up into as many publications as they can, and the result is that a large portion of research output is unnecessary, say scientists.

Basic research: Mistakes can lead to the biggest discoveries

Do not fear failure. It could be the first step towards the next important scientific discovery, says Peter Kjærgaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

Denmark’s Cold War struggle for scientific control of Greenland

A three year basic research project has revealed the extent of the top secret political struggles and scientific tangles between the US and Denmark during the Cold War.

Why we need social sciences more than ever

For the first time, the Earth is being shaped more by humans than by nature. This is why we need more research about human behaviour, say social scientists.

Climate change research was born in the Cold War

The basic environmental research that underpins our understanding of the Earth’s climate today has a long history, in part shaped through war and a race to control the North.

Meet the spin doctors of the fifteenth century

Medieval political spin doctors and lobbyists may have used different methods to their modern day counterparts, but their goals were very much the same.