Safety and Security
Airbags for ships save lives, environment and cargoAirbags for ships save lives, environment and cargo

Innovative rapidly inflating balloon technology could keep damaged ships afloat. But more fine-tuning needs to be done and there are some concerns about reliability.

June 2014
Johannes Kaiser - Estimating the impact of fires on the atmosphereJohannes Kaiser - Estimating the impact of fires on the atmosphere

European scientists globally monitor wildfires with the help of satellites. The emission data are important for globally and regionally forecasting air quality.

May 2014
The art of enrolling preterm babies in clinical trialsThe art of enrolling preterm babies in clinical trials

Clinicians face the challenge of gaining informed consent from the parents of very small preterm babies in an ethical way without causing them unnecessary stress.

May 2014
Christian Poets - Treating lung disease in infantsChristian Poets - Treating lung disease in infants

Steroids used to treat the lungs of preterm infants have come under scrutiny. Now a large clinical trial assesses whether inhaling steroids is safe and useful.

May 2014
Janusz Hołyst - How technology can influence people’s emotionsJanusz Hołyst - How technology can influence people’s emotions

Artificial emotions can help people communicate, but they raise ethical issues too.

May 2014
New Eco Repellent Against Malaria MosquitoesNew Eco Repellent Against Malaria Mosquitoes

This year’s World Health Day (April 7th) focuses on vector-borne diseases, like malaria. Malaria still kills more than half a million people every year, mainly children. In the battle against this disease researchers in Switzerland have developed a new eco repellent that stops mosquitoes from attacking humans.

April 2014
Towards effective spatial mosquito repellentTowards effective spatial mosquito repellent

Repellents derived from Greek herb extracts show potent effects against malaria carrying mosquitoes. They constitute a more sustainable solution that traditional repellent.

April 2014
Professor Kostas Iatrou – Combatting malaria using natural mosquito repellentsProfessor Kostas Iatrou – Combatting malaria using natural mosquito repellents

Repellents derived from Greek herb extracts show potent effects, as spatial repellents, against malaria carrying mosquitoes, and possibly others.

April 2014
Adele Jones - children whose parents are in jail have rights tooAdele Jones - children whose parents are in jail have rights too

A common policy across Europe would provide consistency in recognising both the condition and the rights of this vulnerable group of children.

March 2014
How can we better care for the children of offenders?How can we better care for the children of offenders?

The unprecedented number of children across Europe separated from an incarcerated parent could serve as the basis for a new aid policy. Yet, making it happen at the EU level is going to take time.

March 2014
Paul Lukowicz: crowd safety via sensing appPaul Lukowicz: crowd safety via sensing app

A smart phone app points people the way, assists event organisers in preventing emergency cases and turns its creators into technology entrepreneurs.

September 2013
Juggling with multiple risksJuggling with multiple risks

Scientists are developing methods and tools that look at multiple natural hazards and how they interact to be in a better position to deal with their consequences

September 2013
Floor Brouwer: gathering environmental scientists and land use policy makersFloor Brouwer: gathering environmental scientists and land use policy makers

Exploring land use policy can support sustainable development in developing countries, but implementation of scientific advice is difficult to achieve.

May 2013
Local input key in multi-risk planning decisionsLocal input key in multi-risk planning decisions

Land use planning and management now has all the scientific tools required for decision making. But scientists have yet to have an opportunity to collaborate with local authorities to implement them.

May 2013
Guy Weets – Protecting African cities against climate-change disastersGuy Weets – Protecting African cities against climate-change disasters

An interdisciplinary team of scientists in European and Africa study the outlook for African cities in a changing climate, and identify their vulnerabilities 

March 2013
Eruption risk perception disconnected from detected threatEruption risk perception disconnected from detected threat

The perceived risk of having a volcanic eruption needs to match the actual risk, detected through combined technologies including remote sensing of volcanic gasses, before dire consequences can be prevented.

February 2013
Bill Wei: Theft insurance through art fingerprintsBill Wei: Theft insurance through art fingerprints

Bill Wei shares his views on the use of a dual fingerprinting technology for the prevention of art theft 

October 2012
Martin McKee:  EU Citizen’s health threatened by austerityMartin McKee: EU Citizen’s health threatened by austerity

Europe’s austerity policies are harming the health of their populations, according to Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

October 2012
A Third Eye for RescuersA Third Eye for Rescuers

Fire brigades will soon have access to a safety system which is able to accurately detect and locate people that may be trapped in debris after, for example, an earthquake

August 2005
Home, safe HomeHome, safe Home

Home sweet home, but not always safe. We hear daily about gas leaks, floods, circuit breaks and fires. Victims are often children, the elderly and the disabled

December 2004
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