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.
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe?
Antimicrobial silver nanoparticles may enable people to use textiles in an environmentally more sustainable way, even though a question mark remains on their potential risks
Anti-allergy GM apples
Scientists are trying to engineer apples so that the most widely consumed fruit in Europe no longer triggers allergic reactions. But would people want to eat them?
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
A sticky solution against beef bacteria
Scientists are targeting disease-causing bacteria present on cows’ skin as an attempt to prevent them from contaminating beef meat, and from posing a threat to consumers’ health.
Slow headway for food safety
Despite the availability of new and preventive methods against foodborne diseases, their uptake throughout the entire chain of food production appears to be slow.
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.
Under the weather, literally
How climate change is likely to increase the occurrence of stomach bugs
Fish bones’ second life
A new project is exploring means of turning fish waste into value-added products such as neutraceuticals while attempting to make fisheries a greener industry in developing countries
Ticking diseases time bomb linked to pollution
Heavy industry’s reluctance to introduce clean technology means that the mutations induced by air pollution in today’s children could herald higher incidence of diseases when they reach adulthood
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
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
Mopping up oil spills
Human hair, wool and corn cobs have been used to mop up oil spills. Now waste paper joins the list, thanks to a new project
Gold nanoparticles enhance cancer diagnostics
Early cancer diagnosis is key to increasing patients’ chance of survival. Gold nanoparticles have attracted increasing attention from cancer researchers due to their ability to improve cancer diagnostics substantially
Moving away from silicon technology
Transparent high-performance electronic devices made with new nano-structured materials that substitute silicon open the door to a new, greener era for technology
Prof. Lynn Margulis: "I want to stay as close as possible to nature looking at the lives of cells in very different environments"
Lynn Margulis is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She co-developed the Gaia theory, the view that Earths’ biosphere is a living superorganism capable of self-regulation
Nanotechnological innovations can improve water purification
Research teams are trying different approaches within the nanotechnological field to improve water membrane technologies. One of these is to improve water purification by using nature’s own water-transporting channels, aquaporins. However, constructing suitable membranes for industrial processes ...
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?
Prof. James Geddes on novel bioengineering in spinal cord injury research: ”One person said it allowed him to stand and kiss his wife for the first time in years”
Professor James Geddes is Associate Director at the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center at the University of Kentucky. He talked about forefront spinal cord injury research and novel bioengineering changing patients’ lives
How do nanoparticles impact our environment and us?
We are seeing an increased availability of nanoparticle-containing products on the market. During production, use and disposal they affect both our environment and us. Sometimes the interactions are remarkable