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19 June 2019
Towards the next generation of electric vehiclesTowards the next generation of electric vehicles

A compact and modular drivetrain that fits different size of electric cars aims to reduce range anxiety holding back more consumers from going green

18 June 2019
Building renovations: social aid to accept the changeBuilding renovations: social aid to accept the change

When energy-saving measures are planned in social housing buildings, the environmental aim is combined with the scope of reducing inequality. In Zaragoza, Spain, a team of social workers is helping the tenants of a multi-family building to accept a challenging refurbishment

18 June 2019
Building energy efficient communitiesBuilding energy efficient communities

In many EU countries multi-family dwellings represent the dominant residential solution. But structural renovations to cut emissions and save energy may be a real challenge in such contexts, if the communities are not properly involved in the process

14 June 2019
Short food supply chains: setting another place at the tableShort food supply chains: setting another place at the table

Ever more citizens are opting for short food supply network to get fresh local produce. They bypass supermarkets and support sustainable agriculture. However, this is often the prerogative of an educated and activist population. The challenge is to involve more disadvantaged people

13 June 2019
Sexism also exists in botanySexism also exists in botany

An increase in allergies associated with pollen may be a self-inflicted wound caused by our preference for male plants, hence the need to assess better the allergenic potential of green spaces

04 June 2019
Oceans: they pollute, they payOceans: they pollute, they pay

In an effort to combat ocean plastic pollution the EU has just adopted ambitious new legislation targeting ten of the most common single use plastic products, washing up on beaches and imposing greater responsibility on plastic manufacturers for their clean-up

31 May 2019
Bike, bus, metro, foot: going intermodalBike, bus, metro, foot: going intermodal

Intermodality is the smart future of urban mobility. Ever more cities need to offer public mobility options that combine several means of transport to decrease the use of private cars

27 May 2019
Bikes beat trafficBikes beat traffic

On 3 June the UN celebrates World Bicycle Day to promote sustainable transportation and road safety. We report from Turkey, where Tepebaşı, a district of Eskişehir, aims to revive a once very vibrant biking culture which was largely replaced by motorised transportation

20 May 2019
Programming the forces of evolutionProgramming the forces of evolution

Robots can utilise computational natural selection to boost experimental power and avoid hours of trial and error

14 May 2019
Soft robotics: what the octopus has taught usSoft robotics: what the octopus has taught us

Ten years ago the octopus inspired the world's first entirely soft robot, made with silicone. The artificial octopus allowed researchers to simplify control and sensory-motor behaviour of robots, enabling them to be more efficient than rigid-linked hard machines. Everything started from a dream of researcher Cecilia Laschi