User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
A new project makes the user interface for intelligent buildings monitor energy supply and consumption more easily accessible to everybody, from geeks to computer-illiterates.
How soon could car seats enter the 3D comfort zone?
New 3D textiles made of recyclable polyester fibres could contribute help cars be easier to recycle. But recycling technology has yet to progress in separating seat material from other car components.
Strong resistance to making people think green
Most of us know we should live in a more environmentally sustainable way. But it does not happen because we do not really feel involved
Sustainability in the brewery
A new research project helps agro-food sector small and medium size enterprises, such as bakeries and breweries, improve their environmental sustainability
Greener milk: how to make cow’s nitrogen intake efficient
Research attempts to balance more efficient uptake during cows’ digestion of nitrogen feed fertiliser to help reduce the level of cattles’ flatulences responsible for generating methane, a greenhouse gas
Purifying sludge through oxygen-based digestion
An additive for oxygen-based processing of sludge may be useful in specific cases in lowering the environmental impact of waste water treatment for the meat and dairy industries
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe?
Antimicrobial silver nanoparticles may enable people to use textiles in an environmentally more sustainable way, even though a question mark remains on their potential risks
Reliable packaging for chemical-free food
To prevent molecules migrating from plastic packaging into the food they contain, scientists are identifying each critical point where this phenomenon can occur, using a method inspired from aeronautics
Dragonflies, as climate change indicators
Monitoring communities of climate sensitive species, such as insects, could enable scientists to develop indicators for climate change effects on biodiversity and help devise policies to protect it
Nylons made from shrimps
Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions.
Biomass bonanza as plastics’ raw materials
How European scientists are a preparing for a change from a fossil-fuel to a bio-based economy.
Jànos Nagy: On nanopportunities
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are often touted as a key material of the future.
On the heels of eels
By using big brother style tracking technology, scientists have now resolved some of the mysteries of eel migration
Katrin Lenz: Optimising buildings’ environmental footprint over lifecycle
Performing life cycle assessment of energy efficient buildings can prevent shifting the environmental burden in different stages of the building’s lifespan
The big picture is the greener picture
Life cycle analysis serves as a tool to evaluate the environmental impact over the life time of buildings and thus to improve their green performance beyond a mere reduction of energy consumption
Rescuing Swiss Heritage
Strickbau buildings in Appenzell appear to be on the verge of disappearance.
Metals rush in domestic waste
A pilot plant for retrieving non-ferrous metals from municipal waste using advanced sensors has proven effective
Flood water in silico
Scientists are now using high-tech solutions to provide real-time forecast of the dangers of river floods caused by climate change and human activities to help avoid disasters
Sacha Schlobinski: cities harmony protected from climate change
New tools help urban planners watch in 3-D how climate change may affect their city
A new approach of civic participation seeking to help determine the future food and health research aims to support the adoption of healthy eating habits