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Lizard skins and bark bugs inspire energy saving materials
Lizard skins and bark bugs inspire energy saving materials Biomimicry , also called bionics, uses structures found in nature to solve everyday problems. A well-known example is the Velcro strip , which a Swiss engineer, Georges de Mestral copied from the burdocks that stuck to his dog and clothes on a walk through the fields.
Meet the skyrmions: exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing
Meet the skyrmions: exotic quasiparticles could revolutionise computing For most of us, any concerns about computing speed or data storage are usually to make it go faster while storing more. We hardly ever think about the enormous amounts of energy already required to power Internet servers or charge the increasing number of devices we own.
Science-based civic projects
Science-based civic projects “Are we all on the same page? Singing from the same hymn sheet?” For anyone working with groups of people in policy areas, the answer is nearly always “yes”.
Beyond the Godfather
Beyond the Godfather In the early 1990s, a series of initiatives were set about fighting organised crime on a European level. However, the killing of “ndrangheta” members in the German city of Duisburg in 2007 acted as a wake-up call.
Green crowdfunding: disruption or opportunity?
Green crowdfunding: disruption or opportunity? Crowdfunding is considered by some experts to have the same effect on banks as Uber has on taxis. Green energy crowdfunding is no exception: the process is 100% digital and lets everybody become an investor or request funding for a sustainable project, without going throughthe banks.
“That’s another fight. Big data as a commons”
“That’s another fight. Big data as a commons” For David Bollier, cities are at a crossroads. As smart city initiatives and data collection increases, it’s essential that citizens use the ideas of the commons to retain control of the services that matter to them, and to ensure these work for the people of the city, not just for business or bureaucracy, he argues.
Janusz Hołyst - How technology can influence people’s emotions
Janusz Hołyst - How technology can influence people’s emotions Sharing emotions is a central part of human communication. Moreover, the internet is becoming an important medium to share them. And this has given rise to collective emotions in online groups.
Jørgen Christian Larsen - Learning from animals to build walking robots
Jørgen Christian Larsen - Learning from animals to build walking robots Robots are usually thought off as devices to alleviate the burden of certain repetitive or difficult tasks. Robots welding car bodies and painting them are a classic example.
Kids can be too clean
Kids can be too clean Are allergies and so-called autoimmune diseases, like type 1 diabetes, likely to be caused by a lack of exposure to relatively benign pathogens in early childhood? This theory is referred to as the hygiene hypothesis.
Ensuring cultural heritage protection
Ensuring cultural heritage protection A technology relying on holography, that involves measuring mechanical deformations, as signature of artworks has previously been developed to address the protection of cultural heritage.
Sheltering rising population from storm water
Sheltering rising population from storm water Storm water is a critical consideration in managing urban water , as it influences the risks of flooding. Unfortunately, a global rise in urban population means that water management in urban areas is now under strain.
Ornate organs
Ornate organs The German village of Cappel is home to one of the greatest historical music instruments. The ornate baroque organ here is the work of Arp Schnitger, the grand master of German organ construction who built it in around 1680 for Hamburg.
Strong resistance to making people think green
Strong resistance to making people think green How can policymakers change the way people think? This is what the InContext project, funded by the EU, hopes to answer. Leading European research institutions in the fields of transition, behaviour and sustainable development are trying to create a manual for change.
Local input key in multi-risk planning decisions
Local input key in multi-risk planning decisions Landslides and floods are increasingly occurring natural events . They continue to damage infrastructures and farmland across the EU. Meanwhile, they are also putting people’s life at risk.
Indian drought risk, as Himalayan glaciers retreat
Indian drought risk, as Himalayan glaciers retreat But by the time it began in May 2009, the original extreme urgency of the HighNoon project had ‘melted’ so to speak.
Bill Wei: Theft insurance through art fingerprints
Bill Wei: Theft insurance through art fingerprints Bill Wei is a senior conservation scientist at the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage, in Amsterdam.
Your Online Tailor
Your Online Tailor MyFashion.eu has found a solution to the delocalization of the clothing industry. The tool, developed in Europe, is called CustoMax and is a system for simplifying the mass production of made-to-measure suits.