Biotechnology
The Social Life of Bricks The Social Life of Bricks

A celebrity in the materials world, Mark Miodownik dreams of colour-changing walls and looks at the future of renewable buildings

April 2016
Preventing “oceans of plastic soup” Preventing “oceans of plastic soup”

Research on biodegradable plastics is a leap toward prevention

March 2016
Bio-based insulation materials: the construction industry's best kept secret? Bio-based insulation materials: the construction industry's best kept secret?

Currently a niche in construction, their high potential benefits in terms of energy saving and overall cost to the environment give them significant appeal for the future

May 2015
New bio packaging for food New bio packaging for food

Nowadays most of food packaging is derived from petrochemicals and not always biodegradable. Moreover, consumers often find that there is more packaging than content.

December 2014
That’s a bioplastic wrap That’s a bioplastic wrap

Bioplastics take on traditional petrochemical plastics in food packaging, with some challenges.

December 2014
Microbes clean up the oceans Microbes clean up the oceans

Oil spills and plastic waste are polluting our oceans – destroying marine life and contaminating beaches. Now scientists are exploring how they can get microbes to degrade these substances more effectively and thus reduce the pollution in the sea.

September 2014
Ridding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragments Ridding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragments

New ways identified to tackle the presence of small fragments of plastics in the environment, to prevent toxic chemicals absorbed into them from entering the food chain

September 2014
Speeding up nature’s oil spill cleaners Speeding up nature’s oil spill cleaners

Bacteria in the sea slowly break up oil naturally. But artificially providing them with thriving growth conditions could accelerate oil spill mop-ups. 

September 2014
Microbes – The New Bioplastic Factories Microbes – The New Bioplastic Factories

European scientists are experimenting with bacteria and algae and turn them into bioplastic factories. Their vision: these microorganisms should produce a large portion of our plastic materials without any petroleum.

July 2014
When your water is contaminated When your water is contaminated

Every year 300.000 Europeans are falling ill because of contaminated drinking water. A new high-speed test is being developed to identify the contamination of drinking water much faster than today and thus reduce the number of victims considerably.

March 2014
When urban waste become bioplastics When urban waste become bioplastics

Bacteria may be the key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste

March 2014
Quick ID for water pathogens Quick ID for water pathogens

New research purports to help people stay healthy by developing a real-time water bug testing that could precisely identify the culprits responsible for waterborne disease

October 2013
Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend? Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?

Real-time monitoring of cancer cell processes could soon be possible thanks to nanometric scale diamonds used as biosensors

October 2013
Tweaking Mother Nature’s chemistry box Tweaking Mother Nature’s chemistry box

Scientists attempt to reengineering enzymes to introduce the methods of nature into industrial chemistry

September 2013
Next generation cures born from the sea Next generation cures born from the sea

Tackling the risks of infection and other illnesses remains a challenge. Might the solution come from the sea?

September 2013
Sustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure trove Sustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure trove

Researchers are looking at environmentally friendly ways of extracting valuable bioactive molecules from marine-based organisms.

July 2013
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity

Biogas-based energy could solve both the environmental concern of agricultural waste and reduce dependency of fossil fuels, particularly in Eastern Europe, albeit at a steep production cost

May 2013
Brian Wynne: GMOs acceptance hinges on proven benefits Brian Wynne: GMOs acceptance hinges on proven benefits

Acceptance of genetically modified organisms is a complex issue linked to public perception of their potential benefits.

January 2013
Biomass bonanza as plastics’ raw materials Biomass bonanza as plastics’ raw materials

How European scientists are a preparing for a change from a fossil-fuel to a bio-based economy.

February 2013
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront? What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront?

Fruits’ and vegetables’ genome maps accelerate the work of connecting agricultural important traits with genes. This may lead to reduced fertilizer use, increased crop disease resistance and higher agricultural yields. New technologies promise cheaper and faster genome map production

December 2010
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