Science is an integral part of all our lives, with links to many other subjects, including maths, computing, humanities and engineering. In this issue, we provide you with thought-provoking coverage on the latest research topics from a diverse range of disciplines for you to delve into.
Science communication and engagement is vital for researchers to explain their latest work in terms of its trials, tribulations and, most importantly, its wider relevance to society – they need to break it down and make it more accessible and enjoyable for the general public. Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to local pubs to discuss their latest research and findings with the public. Founder’s Dr Michael Motskin and Dr Praveen Paul discuss more on Pint of Science’s background and engaging people with science while having a few pints in the process.
The social sciences remain one of the most underfunded research sectors in the United States. Executive Director of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), Wendy Naus, believes that social and behavioural sciences are the key to tackling worldwide issues such as crime, natural and man-made hazards, educational and healthcare inequality and business efficiency. Research Features caught up with her to find out how COSSA is ensuring that social and behavioural science research does not fall by the wayside as it has done in the past.
Issue 128 explores an extraordinary array of exciting topics from around the globe but don’t take our word for it, read the latest from RF here – maybe accompanied by a beer too?