Wetlands: value to locals matters most
A new way of valuing ecosystem services, incorporating the local perspective, is the driving force behind a project assessing aquatic ecosystems in highland areas of Asia
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
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.
A balancing act for carbon stock preservation
More accurate data regarding the extent to which greenhouse gases stemming from human activity interplays with the balance of carbon stocks in Europe will soon be available to inform policies. But would that make a difference?
Air conditioning control goes wireless
Scientists devised a new wireless and energy autonomous sensor network using in collective buildings to monitor heating, ventilation and air conditioning and reduce energy consumption
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.
The Ecological Badminton Robot
A robot to play with! A childhood’s dream has now come true for researchers at the Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC) in Belgium.
Jànos Nagy: On nanopportunities
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are often touted as a key material of the future.
Patrick Kolsteren: A homegrown African research agenda for tackling malnutrition
Professor Patrick Kolsteren is a researcher contributing to the establishment of research in sustainable nutrition in Africa
In the fight against desertification, small areas of modest grasses and shrubs slow the soil loss more effectively than phalanxes of trees. Nevertheless, the human factor matters a great deal
Metals rush in domestic waste
A pilot plant for retrieving non-ferrous metals from municipal waste using advanced sensors has proven effective
The joker card in the renewable energy game
Local renewable energy sources such as woodchips offer the advantage of being sustainable and reducing dependency on energy imports. Yet, they are best used for combined heat and power production
Nano Eco Dye
Nano particles from a fungus could lead to new eco friendly dyes claim scientists from the Catholic University of Louvain .
Colorful eco-textiles thanks to nano-sized enzymes
To address the problems encountered by the traditional European dyes industry, scientists have developed a new and environmentally friendly way to produce dyes
What changes will nanoelectronics
bring to our lives?
We are surrounded by nanoelectronics through products such as computers, mobile phones, sensors and electric cars. Nanoelectronics may also grow much stronger in the energy efficiency area in the near future. However, the sustainable growth faces several challenges (Nov’10)
Nanoparticles in our cities: any risks for our health?
Materials with de-polluting and de-soiling properties are used in, for example, pavement blocks. These materials contain titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs). Could these TiO2 NPs be released into the environment and if so, could they have a negative impact?
No More Toxic Drugs After Organ Transplant
Improving the long-term health prospects of transplant patients has proved an elusive target so far. But now, new tests and techniques are being investigated that could reduce the number of immunosuppressive drugs transplant patients need to take. (Nov. '09)
Vaccine Against Diabetes?
The newest, most original approach to preventing and curing autoimmune diseases, with a specific focus on diabetes 1, is based on the major biological functions of the thymus, an organ located just behind the breastbone. (Nov. '09)
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)
Restoring the Magic of a Miracle Drug
“We need our own kind of Kyoto treaty for antibiotics: the point is, we should treat antibiotics as a non-renewable source”. (Nov. '08)