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10 January 2017
Energy
Thermally efficient social housing for young adultsThermally efficient social housing for young adults

When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed accommodation for young adults, while also improving its thermal efficiency

22 December 2016
Energy
Crossing borders to crowdfund renewablesCrossing borders to crowdfund renewables

Today energy crowdfunding platforms and investors experience many problems if they want to finance projects that cross the legal boundaries between the EU member states. International experts are striving to harmonise to European regulations in the sector

21 December 2016
Energy
A raincoat for our housesA raincoat for our houses

From the use of Gore-Tex-like waterproof fabrics to the development of “breathable” bio-based materials, the construction industry is chasing breakthrough solutions to insulate buildings and keep living areas free from damp and mould

20 December 2016
Bioeconomy
How safe is seafood?How safe is seafood?

Seafood is the main component of European Christmas menus. But with rising concern about chemical pollution in the marine environment, is seafood safe to eat?

19 December 2016
Energy
Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland's wind energy sector?Small wind turbines: a glimmer of hope for Poland's wind energy sector?

A new Polish law imposing rules for the installation of wind turbines is likely to limit the development of renewables in the country, which continues to focus on its main energy source, coal. However, small wind turbines, which fall outside the scope of the recent measures, could represent a loophole for the wind energy sector

19 December 2016
Society
“That’s another fight. Big data as a commons”“That’s another fight. Big data as a commons”

Activist, writer and policy strategist, David Bollier argues that cities can benefit from co-operatively owning and controlling resources and applying the principles of commons ownership to big data

15 December 2016
Energy
“DiplomaCity”- Learning networks of cities for a sustainable future“DiplomaCity”- Learning networks of cities for a sustainable future

“I’m out to prove the obvious,” says best-selling author Parag Khanna, “More connectivity is better.” “The transfer of technology and best practices” through learning networks of cities are “incredibly important, more important than every climate summit that’s ever been held in the world.”

14 December 2016
Society
Intelligence in the abyssIntelligence in the abyss

Swarms of robots are colonising the lagoon of Venice

14 December 2016
Society
The art of non-deterministic behaviourThe art of non-deterministic behaviour

From the dreams of a mouse to real snail email, “boredomresearch” extract the poetic dynamics of natural complex systems

13 December 2016
Society
Tackling the ethical challenges of big dataTackling the ethical challenges of big data

An authority on social data, Susan Etlinger argues we need to apply critical thinking and exercise caution as we enter the age of “data ubiquity”