Much longed-for cash injection to research infrastructure
For several years, research infrastructure has been short of funds. It was even uncertain whether the Swedish Research Council could carry out the next planned call. But the Government recently announced that it will inject an additional 1.3 billion SEK to the budget for infrastructure over three years, as part of a major investment in research.
NASA method discovers new subjects in rock paintings
New technology may lead to earlier research findings being re-evaluated. New subjects are emerging from faded rock paintings on a rock face on Hisingen – thanks to a digital imaging program from NASA. This throws new light on both the interpretation and the dating.
Chasing quick results
The need to quickly increase knowledge about the corona pandemic has led to a tidal wave of new research findings, which are published without first having been reviewed by other researchers. They are known as ‘preprints’, and make it possible to quickly share and partake of results, but they also increase the risk of errors being spread.
Corona pandemic is making research more open
While the corona pandemic is closing national borders, a wave of openness is moving through the world of research. Collaboration, open data, and early publication are important ways to quickly increase knowledge about the new virus, and how it can be fought.
Research that makes you laugh, then think
How do you make frogs hover, or construct an excellent facemask from a bra? These are examples of research that has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize. Research that first makes you laugh, and then think. “When you have laughed at something, then you remember it and want to tell others,” says the founder of the prize, Marc Abrahams.
What is required to become a professor?
Swedish higher education institutions have been given more freedom to decide how to go about employing a professor. Since 2011, they have more freedom to decide the criteria on which to base the assessment of scientific and educational skill. Curie has taken a closer look at the process at a few universities.