Forever recyclable novel plastic thanks to old tyres
Recycling of tyres is a potentially economically sustainable enterprise providing an ingredient to make a kind of plastic for ever recyclable. But Europeans first need to overcome barriers to adoption.
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%.
Suzanne Dickson: Brain mechanisms of food reward
Studying what makes us want to eat, could help devise approaches to prevent obesity, which is becoming widespread in Europe
Keeping soil pollution under watch
Scientists investigated into how soil contamination can be cost-effectively monitored over large areas and long periods of time thanks to geophysical measurements
Lilliput forests, global certification
As global demand for timber certified as being sustainable is growing, European small forest owners are still reluctant to gain certification. But increasing economic advantages may shift their position.
Eruption 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.
Under the weather, literally
How climate change is likely to increase the occurrence of stomach bugs
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
Climate in a teacup
Research scaling down climate change prediction down to city level could help prevent dire consequences of natural disasters
Specialized invisible needles make us see surfaces at the nanoscale
We expect our electronic devices, such as mobile phones and computers, to work properly and become even better with time and seldom think about the amazing innovations making this possible. Scientists are developing a cantilever array that can have an important impact on synthesis and analysis of ...
New solutions to reduce energy consumption
We need to develop new solutions to make buildings more energy efficient as a way to deal with global warming. Researchers are working on smart windows that can reduce buildings’ energy consumption substantially
Dr. David O. Kronlid: “If you think about the existential dimension of mobility you also have to embrace the fact that there are values integrated in the use of mobility technology”
Dr. David O. Kronlid at Uppsala University in Sweden is conducting research in environmental ethics, mobility and climate change justice. He talked about mobility at the core of climate change research and policy
How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility?
Forty percent of all road transport CO2 emissions come from urban mobility, according to the European Commission. Many projects aim to reduce greenhouse emissions while simultaneously improving mobility
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure?
Millions of people worldwide experience spinal cord injuries. Breakthroughs bring researchers progress, but a complete cure is a long way off
Uncertainties surrounding nanoparticles aimed for medical use
Nanomedicine holds a lot of promise, but many questions remain before nanoparticles (NPs) can be widely used in this field. Reports revealed adverse effects in different models, but the effects in humans are unclear
When will solar power become competitive?
Researchers around the world are improving solar cell efficiency; however, high efficiency comes with a price and different factors affect their competitiveness. (Jul ’10)
Infrastructure and renewable energy for FCV’s
Our society lacks hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV’s) and we have a long way to go before obtaining all energy from renewable sources. However, interesting projects are developing in this area
Novel strategies in the fight against resistant bacteria
If you contract a bacterial infection it might be impossible to kill the invaders with the antibiotics available today
Will the fuel cell vehicle live up to all the hype?
The fuel cell vehicle (FCV) is one new technology that might be a viable alternative to the predominant vehicle on the road. However, many challenges remain. (Jun. '10)