Matteo Luca Ruggiero, Reviewing Editor & Social Media Editor, Physics & Astronomy Section

This is the latest of an ongoing series of interviews with people involved with our new Open Access journal, Experimental Results – a forum for short research papers from experimental disciplines across Science, Technology and Medicine, providing authors with an outlet for rapid publication of small chunks of research findings with maximum visibility.…


Watch: How to Reduce Drag when Cycling

Cyclists can use up to 90% of their energy overcoming drag, which was the motivation behind the work of Ivaylo Nedyalkov at the University of New Hampshire, who was able to measure the force on each individual cyclist in a train formation to determine the best position to reduce your overall drag.…


Effects of family income and conditional cash transfers on household food insecurity

The Nutrition Society Paper of the Month for December is from Public Health Nutrition and is entitled ‘Effects of family income and conditional cash transfers on household food insecurity: evidence from a longitudinal study in Northeast Brazil’ by Poliana A Palmeira, Rosana Salles-Costa, and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla.


Unequal benefits – diverging attitudes: How an equal expansion of childcare attenuates backlash against egalitarian gender norms

After decades of value change towards more egalitarian gender norms across most Western societies, the trend has now slowed, and even reversed in some countries.…


Our response to cOAlition S’s proposal for transformative journals

In November last year, cOAlition S proposed a new route to compliance with Plan S: transformative journals. In brief, the proposal requires transformative journals to: Grow their Open Access (OA) primary research content by 8% a year, to flip to wholly OA when they reach 50% OA or by end 2024 at the latest To  have transparent pricing for both the OA content (with services breakdown)  and subscription content (avoiding double-dipping) To offer APC waivers and discounts To transform to OA with ‘overall cost neutrality’ To ‘regularly update’ authors on the usage, citations, and online attention of their articles.…


Sociability, radium and the maintenance of scientific culture and authority in 20th century Ireland: a case study of the Royal Dublin Society

The discovery of radium in 1898 spurred a range of public, industrial and scientific reactions. The public were enthralled by this near mystical element. Its ability to produce its own energy soon gave rise to a ‘radium craze’ in which promises of its health-giving properties were prominent. A range of supposed radium-based products, such as creams and fortified water, were quickly on sale.


Projections of Desire and Design in Early Modern Caribbean Maps

There is a unique pleasure that comes from being involved in research that exceeds the expertise of any single scholar. Perhaps every historian entertains ideas for such projects, yet demur when confronted with acquiring another language, familiarity with new archives or historiography, or proficiency in a different time period.


Can impact mills help soybean growers battle herbicide-resistant weeds?

Harvest-time weed seed controls have proven highly effective at reducing herbicide-resistant weeds in Australian cropping systems. One of the most popular tactics is the use of an impact mill that intercepts chaff as it exits the harvester.…