Focus: Humanities 2.0: a digital odyssey
Horizons 105, June 2015 (PDF, 4 MB)
The cichlids of East Africa are more than just popular aquarium fish: their many colours and forms offer a good example of the swiftness of evolution. Fabrizia Ronco is a doctoral student at the Zoological
Institute of the University of Basel and is studying their speciation. In order to do this, she collects the DNA of cichlids from African lakes.
The rapid evolution of aquarium fish: Continue
Every year in Switzerland, dozens of start-ups entering the market do so holding the results of scientific research most often financed exclusively by the state. Should universities be able to cash in on the success stories?
Should universities profit from their start-ups?: Continue
Epidemiologists are using increasingly precise means to determine just how much fine dust we inhale. This may help us to find out more about the health risks of these particles. By Angelika Jacobs
Something in the air: Continue
Thanks to her work on a new type of solar cell, Rita Tóth has been named a Leading Global Thinker by the US magazine Foreign Policy. A researcher in physical chemistry at Empa, Tóth first thought this was a hoax, but instead she ended up attending a political forum in Washington. By Florian Fisch
The power of self-organisation: Continue
With the victory of Syriza in Greece, the dogma of austerity has once again been called into question. For the political scientist Yannis Papadopoulos, the success of Eurosceptic movements is a warning sign. By Benjamin Keller
“The European Union must be democratised”: Continue
No one’s ever going to find the Holy Grail. But Swiss researchers are searching for the ingredients of longer life – and they’re looking for them in the genes of flies and ants. By Simon Koechlin
Who wants to live for ever?: Continue
Billions of pieces of plastic are adrift in the oceans of the world – and this is catastrophic for the environment. A Lausanne foundation called Race for Water has now launched an expedition to investigation plastic pollution. The infographic by Benjamin Bollmann shows how this plastic reaches the sea and where it gathers.
A sea of plastic: Continue
Just because a historical artefact has been uploaded doesn’t mean it won’t disappear. A Swiss project is aiming to save research databases. By Daniel Saraga
Digital archaeologists: Continue
Antonio Loprieno is leaving the post of Rector of the University of Basel before the end of his term of office and will now return to the
world of teaching and research. He believes that the Bologna reforms are misunderstood, that private sponsoring is necessary in the academy, and he is also critical of university rankings. By Roland Fischer.
“It’s not a tragedy if you lose a few places in the rankings”: Continue
The digital humanities don’t just offer us new research methods; they also enable us to ask new research questions, says the literary scholar Gerhard Lauer. Although he describes himself as ‘conservative’, he’s one of the leading thinkers in the field of computer-based analysis. By Urs Hafner
“We haven’t got recourse to any kind of secure methodology”: Continue
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