Energy-efficient water supply is a wicked problem – and we might have found a way to solve it.
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Galaxy images and patient records can be equally confusing. Now a team of astrophysicists have realised their methods could help medical professionals.
The Sumatran tiger is the only surviving member of the Sunda Islands group of tigers.
This study gives science-based recommendations where exactly the investment for conservation should go.
Collaboration across disciplines is key to solving the world’s toughest problems, researchers argue.
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Labor Day is an excellent time for college instructors to commit to teaching students to take an interdisciplinary approach to solving the world's toughest problems, three professors argue.
Make that winter dram an intellectual one.
New research claims to have found a link between types of chords and the lyrics they are typically paired with.
Biomedical innovations can work with traditional methods like x-rays to guide doctors’ decisions.
African countries need to start producing and developing their own medical devices. Suitably skilled biomedical engineers are needed for this sort of innovation to take root.
Alfred Nobel didn’t foresee the current era of mega scientific collaboration.
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Today's scientific research is characterized by interdisciplinary, international collaboration. Awards like the Nobel Prizes haven't caught up.
A synthesis centre in Africa would get an African perspective on global socio-environmental challenges.
A synthesis centre in Africa would massively improve the ability of researchers to understand complex scientific problems.
In the molecular-chemistry laboratory of the Ecole Polytechnique at the Université Paris-Saclay.
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How do we and should we work with the first generation "digital native" doctoral researchers?
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Science cannot ensure a sustainable future for the world’s population on its own. Artists are needed as well.
Tackling antimicrobial resistance relies on us tackling the interrelated areas of human, animal and environmental health.
The federal government is tackling antimicrobial resistance with a 'One Health' approach. But what is One Health and what can it offer that other approaches haven't?
If scientists’ knowledge is segregated in non-overlapping silos, there can’t be cross-pollination between fields.
Scientists often prioritize deep goals over broad ones. But today's "wicked" problems demand an interdisciplinary approach. A new study shows how they can tweak work styles to alter their deep/broad ratio.
Academics need to work together to solve the world’s big problems.
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We need to know what 'good' interdisciplinary research looks like.
Cooperation among scientific disciplines still requires individual experts in their fields.
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Interdisciplinary research is a lofty ideal, but the realities of how science is conducted mean that silos should not be so quickly dismissed.