Recycling carbon nanotube waste into nanocomposite plastic materials for industrial purposes may not be as easy as recycling plastic.
Waste models as green crystal balls
To improve current resources use and decrease related waste, scientists are now building material consumption models focusing down to the national level
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
Mitigating our carbon footprint
Scientists have developed prediction tools to model the impact of policies aimed at reducing our ecological footprint on the environment
Realising the scale of chronic disease
The scale of the economic burden of chronic conditions dwarfs that of the economic crisis and climate change, suggesting the need for more prevention down to the individual level
The hunt for stowaway bugs
Microorganism entering European airports incognito in the luggage of ordinary travellers unaware that they are potential health hazards for the residents of the country they visit
Nanoparticle therapeutics helping hearing disorders
For millions of people hearing disorders make a negative impact on their lives. Scientists are looking into new ways of treating hearing disorders, by using different sorts of nanoparticles as original inner ear delivery devices. Their hope is that nanoparticles will be able to deliver drugs that ...
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks
If pathogens enter into our water supply network many people may fall ill quickly. To protect us against this biological threat, researchers have developed a detection system partly based on nanotechnology that can warn authorities in time
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated Water
Engineers have developed a new a mobile detection system to fight the growing threat of contaminated drinking water . Within the European research project DINAMICS they have built a microchip system which is able to identify specific dangerous bacteria, viruses or unicellular organisms
The latest developments in nanotechnology for solar energy
In the solar energy field researchers are using the latest developments in nanotechnology to work on very small solar cells. Researchers are testing different ways to make them more efficient. Flexible sheets of organic solar cells have entered another niche than silicon-based solar cells
Prof. Hermann Knoflacher: “Our car-addicted society is not easy to handle so we have to make changes step by step to improve sustainable mobility”
Prof. Hermann Knoflacher has been active in the sustainable mobility field for about 40 years. He is conducting research in sustainable transport at the Institute for Traffic Planning and Traffic Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. He talked about sustainable mobility ...
Early detection of lung cancer through breath tests
Breathing into a machine to deliver a breath sample for early detection of lung cancer is a routine test that is non invasive, safe and simple to do, so likely to be a preventive screening test voluntarily accepted by the patients and will be a mean to detect lung cancer in a very early stage
Prof. Anton Amann: "Breathing gas analysis is a non-intrusive lung cancer detection method that can save more lives"
Thousands of lives could be saved if tumour cells in the lung are detected earlier with the breathing gas analysis. Today most lung tumours are discovered too late for a successful treatment. But when lung cancer is diagnosed early, the chance to be cured increases to up to 80 per cent
A New Light on Progeria
A team of European researchers recently discovered how the regulation of progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation in highly regenerative tissues, such as skin and muscles, spins out of control. (Nov. '09)
The Secret of Sudden Death
Recent research points out how calcium ions can help preventing suddend heart death. (May '09)
Breathtaking Fight Against Cancer
A new revolutionary method has been developed by Austrian scientists to improve early diagnosis of lung cancer through breath detection of tumoral cells. (Apr. '09).
Green Housing Estate
Households and cars currently contribute to more than 50% of all energy consumption in the EU. Innovative energy-efficient architecture can help to bring this percentage down. (Feb. '08)