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How do we evaluate interdisciplinary research?

OPINION: There are plenty of societal challenges that require expertise across disciplines. But how does research collaboration work in practice? How is the funding distributed most efficiently? And how do we assess the quality of interdisciplinary research?

Bohr inspires debate on drones and space weapons

International scientists and decision-makers will gather in Copenhagen next month to discuss how dangerous technologies are to be shared in an ‘open world’.

Abstract maths can boost machinery

Abstract mathematical models can help businesses optimise their manufacturing equipment, new study suggests.

Can comic books replace scientific articles?

Cartoons can give a clearer description of complex scientific issues than a conventional scientific article can, argue researchers.

The Pope’s scientists study miracles

God’s representative on Earth has his own miracle commission. Its job is to determine – using scientific methods – whether unexplainable healings really are miracles caused by deceased people.

How to get a top executive talking

Sociologists used to focus their research mainly on people in need. But now they’re increasingly directing their studies at the elite, and that presents them with new interviewing challenges.

When science promoted sugar as healthy

Studies in the 1970s showed that people couldn’t get overweight or develop cardiovascular diseases from consumption of carbohydrates such as sugar. A Norwegian professor thinks we are still paying for this mistake.