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19 February 2020
Energy
Nudging energy saving behavioursNudging energy saving behaviours

The theory of nudges comes from behavioural science and was pioneered by Nobel-winning Richard Thaler. It is now being studied as an alternative strategy to help reduce household energy waste

16 January 2020
Society
The bionic hand: how a crazy idea has become a medical breakthroughThe bionic hand: how a crazy idea has become a medical breakthrough

More than two decades ago, a hand prosthesis able to give back a sense of touch to amputees would have been dubbed as science fiction. Today this has been proved possible, and now the goal is to make this technology available for as many patients as possible

07 January 2020
Environment
Wildfires in Izmir: a green plan for the city, an urban plan for the forestsWildfires in Izmir: a green plan for the city, an urban plan for the forests

After last summer’s massive forest fires in Izmir, Turkey, villagers were afraid their environment might be further threatened by urban development. But, starting from an extraordinary meeting inside the forest, the Municipality launched a reforestation campaign engaging the population.

03 December 2019
Environment
Air pollution in Skopje: how citizens spurred policymakers towards the changeAir pollution in Skopje: how citizens spurred policymakers towards the change

The air in Skopje, North Macedonia, is one of the most polluted in the world because of the city’s natural position and people's reliance on fossil fuels. However, over recent years, many citizens have started demonstrating against this plague, pushing policymakers to follow their new will

28 November 2019
Society
Changing the paradigm of heart transplantsChanging the paradigm of heart transplants

An ambitious study is trying to restore the neural connections that are lost during heart transplants, thus improving the life expectancy of patients

06 November 2019
Society
Exploring the unexpected. A chat with Paolo Dario, world-renowned pioneer of bioroboticsExploring the unexpected. A chat with Paolo Dario, world-renowned pioneer of biorobotics

From the bionic hand to a Fantastic Voyage-inspired capsule in the human body: Paolo Dario, founder of The BioRobotics Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, shares the most important achievements over the last 20 years in their revolutionary integration of robotics with biology and medicine

05 November 2019
Mobility
Hydrogen cars with zero emissions at the tailpipe, ready to spread widelyHydrogen cars with zero emissions at the tailpipe, ready to spread widely

Hydrogen based technology in the electric transport sector is competing with traditional fuels like diesel and gasoline for long distances. It is quiet, needs reasonable time for refuelling and it releases water only

30 October 2019
Energy
Last trends in energy-saving applicationsLast trends in energy-saving applications

Empowering energy education is a milestone for a less energy-consuming society. To achieve this, apps may help but the challenge is to make them really usable for the many

29 October 2019
Environment
Aerial Patrol for water leaksAerial Patrol for water leaks

How super-resolution images from a drone's eye can help to find water leaks

08 October 2019
Energy
Smart city and wise citySmart city and wise city

The term smart cities mainly refers to the field of technology. Some fear that the intelligent cities of the future will be massively robotic, with algorithms dominating people. Hence the need for more citizen engagement in designing the digital revolution of their urban spaces