Focus: New paths for science
Horizons 106, September 2015 (PDF, 5,2 MB)
Luc Henry, co-founder of the community laboratory Hackarium near Lausanne, hopes to develop crowdfunding for Swiss science.
Interview: "We want surprises": Continue
Invasive fauna and flora are an immense problem for conservationists, foresters and farmers alike. Now researchers have developed a method for appraising which species are especially dangerous.
By Simon Koechlin
Alien invaders: Continue
The Blue Diversion Toilet developed by Eawag may resolve the problem of inadequate sanitation in developing countries. And that’s how it works.
The toilet of the future: Continue
The behaviour of laboratory animals often depends on the person carrying out the experiment. This could explain why many animal tests can’t be reproduced. By Ori Schipper
Observing the observers: Continue
The physicist Hubertus Fischer braves arctic temperatures to reconstruct past climates using ancient ice. This allows for better predictions about the climate of the future.
By Daniela Kuhn
Ringed by the flat horizon: Continue
Ever more quantity, ever more frequency, but also ever more unreliability? Is science in crisis? Some researchers are urging us to take the pace of things down a notch. By Roland Fischer
Yearning for slow science: Continue
Clinical research costs a lot of money. New financing models are needed to answer questions that are of importance to patients, but that are of lesser economic interest. By Oliver Klaffke
Putting patients first: Continue
The EU and Switzerland would prefer to close their borders to the growing flood of refugees. Migration experts propose the exact opposite ‒ that we should open up the borders instead.
By Pascale Hofmeier
Legal escape routes could prevent suffering: Continue
Political parties vote two-dimensionally, says the political geographer Michael Hermann. This fact is also reflected in the answers party bosses gave to four questions on science policy that Horizons asked them.
By Valentin Amrhein and Daniel Saraga
The 2015 elections: how the political parties view science: Continue
Publish or perish is an incentive system that produces too much nonsense, says economist Mathias Binswanger.
Interview by Roland Fischer
"We should get away from orchestrating artificial competition": Continue
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