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Duncan Watts considers whether many branches of social science could benefit from setting research goals aimed at specific and manageable real-world problems. He gives examples and discusses how more solution-oriented social science might work.
The US National Labs will continue to play a crucial role in developing energy science and technology, yet their operation is not without its problems. Anadon et al. discuss the challenges faced by the Labs and propose changes that can help them to better meet their goals.
Indigenous knowledge and experience have historically been under-represented in the IPCC's
reports. New guidelines, policies and more nuanced content are needed to develop culturally relevant and appropriate adaptation policies.
The IPCC summaries written for policymakers are meant to communicate findings to a wide audience. Textual analysis shows that these reports continue to have low readability, in contrast with media coverage.
The IPCC is widely accepted as an authoritative voice representing knowledge on climate change. A network analysis shows that authorship of a key report remains UK- and US-centric, however, with a handful of disciplines dominating input.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are involved in policy discussions surrounding the societal implications of emerging technologies. But what practices and strategies undertaken by these organizations are most influential in anticipating the longer-term societal implications of nanotechnology?