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24 April 2018
How can smart cities finance their transformation?How can smart cities finance their transformation?

Smart solutions are innovations. Therefore, by nature, they’re often new and untested - which is a scary feature for potential investors, who want safe and predictable results. So what are some attractive financing schemes for “intelligent” cities?

10 April 2018
Bio-homes to tackle the housing emergencyBio-homes to tackle the housing emergency

A new sustainable initiative in Bristol, in the UK, uses bio-based materials to face the need for additional and affordable housing supply

09 April 2018
Energy “vigilant” citizensEnergy “vigilant” citizens

People are increasingly testing smart control systems to curb energy use, while maximising the amount of renewables employed in the process

06 April 2018
Protecting health by improved building efficiencyProtecting health by improved building efficiency

A revised EU directive to fight energy poverty and pulmonary diseases due to unhealthy buildings should be approved this month

05 April 2018
Soy filters: a cheap solution for air purificationSoy filters: a cheap solution for air purification

Air pollution is a major public health issue worldwide. Filters can help improve the quality of the air we breathe, but they also contribute to landfill when they are finished with and thrown away, as they are often made of plastic. Could bio-based filters be the answer?

04 April 2018
Science-based civic projectsScience-based civic projects

Can policy making be improved using sophisticated mathematical models?

04 April 2018
Household air pollution: the forgotten hazardHousehold air pollution: the forgotten hazard

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that each year 4.3 million people die of exposure to household pollutants. Buildings with a safe indoor environment can reduce healthcare costs

29 March 2018
High-risk research returnsHigh-risk research returns

How visionary technologies are shaping the future

27 March 2018
Simplifying hospital waste with bio-based disposablesSimplifying hospital waste with bio-based disposables

Dealing with hospital waste can be a logistical nightmare. But some believe that if medical centres switched to bio-based and biodegradable disposable products, they could simplify their waste management and see other benefits, such as a lower carbon footprint and a reduction in hospital acquired infections

26 March 2018
“Compacting” electricity lines“Compacting” electricity lines

Huge electric pylons are visually intrusive. Will the solution be slimmer pylons or underground lines? We asked electricity grid expert Matthias Müller-Mienack