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
When energy-saving becomes a game
A smartphone application bringing gaming dimensions to energy awareness has helped householders in Finland, Sweden and Italy reduce their electricity consumption by up to 19%.
Daniel Ribera: turning food-soiled packaging into safe compost
Composting instead of incinerating or landfilling is a promising way that has until now been hampered by the presence of chemicals in packaging.
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
From the horse's mouth: experts views from across Europe
In this special topic issue, youris.com analyses the current horse meat scandal from a wider perspective. It reports the opinions of a broad variety of experts from across European countries affected by this fraud, namely Romania, Poland, France and the UK.
Philippe Baralon – Anti-fraud systems could still be improved
Damage to industry brands linked to fraud is almost as important as food safety because of the impact on their public image, while the current measures to prevent fraud could still be improved.
Ragnar Löfstedt – To restore trust, food risk needs to be clear like water
In the wake of previous food scandals, the public no longer trusts the authorities or the food industry. Reversing the trend would require transparency regarding risk management.
Aquaculture: helping blue turn green
Producing sea shells and algae alongside fish could provide both an environmentally friendly and economically viable solution to make Mediterranean aquaculture sustainable.
Bacteria to spot pollution
Scientists are recruiting bacteria to spot pollutants spilling into our rivers and lakes.
Gasping for oxygen
How continuous monitoring of coastal ecosystems, such as the Black Sea, could help understand oxygen depletion affecting fish populations and better manage fisheries
Heat trading warms up
A new heat-trading simulation tool could help create the kind of open-market for heat trading as a means to avoid dumping useful heat and save energy while reducing carbon dioxide emissions
Ridding our diet of noxious substances
Scientist are scrutinising our daily exposure to food contaminants across the diversity of European diets—a first that could ultimately help change our eating habit for better health
Genetic testing in the steak-house
DNA analyses may help select the best breeds by predicting how beef will taste once it reaches our palate
Rust never sleeps: fighting corrosion with high-tech sensors
A new device designed to check for air corrosiveness in museums, could also find application in car and ship making industries
Curbing mercury pollution in nature
A new report estimates that 70% of the European ecosystem is endangered by mercury pollution, a good proportion of which comes from dental repairs. Without further EU policy action and research, reducing such pollution may not be easy
François Plais: “A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality” - part 1
A group of French researchers has developed a nanomaterial that works like a sponge for some water pollutants and allows to measure them easily and quickly.
Bram van der Gaag: "A spongy nanomaterial may change the way to monitor water quality" - part 2
Bram van der Gaag is a scientific researcher for "Monitoring and sensoring" at KWR and works on the project developing a nanomaterial aimed at monitoring water quality .
European scientists have developed innovative materials that can be easily applied on facades and reduce air pollution in cities .
Jean-Pierre Gattuso : “To face the negative effects of ocean acidification a large-scale solution is inevitable”
Today carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere faster than land and oceans can absorb it. As a consequence the average acidity of the oceans has increased
A multi-nano tool can introduce something new under the sun
Basic operations in the field of nanotechnology that are currently very difficult or impossible to perform can become easy with a new multi-nano tool called FIBLYS. Nanosized components in for example solar cells will be designed and studied in an entirely new way, which the researchers hope will ...