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%.
Chemicals pollutants threaten health in the Arctic
Studies uncover risks and threats to Arctic inhabitant’s health that might be due to contaminants brought by warmer air and sea water currents resulting from climate change
Ari Asmi: Air pollution, another factor in global warming
Tiny particles impact our air quality and cause health problems, but European researchers have been discovering how these particles can also influence climate change.
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
Nano Foil Brightens Screen
A new process called "nano-imprinting" enlarges the luminosity of screens efficiently without using more energy. Engineers of the European research project NaPanil have modified the glass surfaces on the micrometric and nanometric scale in order to control the path of the light
A nanotech solution controlling the path of light
We want our electrical devices to have bright screens with low energy needs, so they can be used for a long time before recharge is required. Scientists are increasing the intensity of light by making nanometer scale patterns on surfaces. The nanoimprinting method will change devices’ optical properties, without making them demand more energy.
Regenerating the Ear and the Eye
Repairing a defective ear or even an eye is no longer science fiction. Nano-technology can help to make medical history .
Boosting Memory Chips
Moore’s law predicts that the number of transistors on a silicon chip will double approximately every two years. Thanks to nano technology a similar acceleration is observed in data storage capability of memory chips b y CORINNA L UE CKE
Sponge Metal Ships
Sponge metal is tested to cut the weight of ships by 30 percent. Researchers from Fraunhofer Institute in Chemnitz, Germany, have developed an aluminum powder that foams when heated up. The new material is lighter than water and has a high stiffness
A new material to cut the weight of ships by 30%
A new material is tested to cut the weight of ships by 30 percent. For an average sized freight vessel with a capacity of 7000 m³ this corresponds to a weight reduction of more than 1000 tons. Researchers from Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, Germany, ...
Breaking the vicious cycle of antibiotic resistant bacteria
More people die of hospital germs than of HIV every year. The reason is that antibiotics are becoming useless against an ever bigger number of multi-resistant bacteria that are spreading throughout the world. Today, this is not just an issue in hospitals, but throughout society at large. (May '09)
Power from the Islands
Three 65-metres high wind turbines are to forever change the face of the Högsåra archipelago off the coast of Finland. (May '08)