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Sergio Pistoi
Sergio Pistoi I am a freelance  science writer  and an award-winning  book author  with a PhD in molecular biology. My journalistic credits include Scientific American, Reuters, the New Scientist, Nature and many others.
Marco Boscolo
Marco Boscolo My first love is radio. In 2004, I started as a contributor to a show broadcasted on a local radio in Bologna, called Radio Città del Capo.
Luca Tancredi Barone
Luca Tancredi Barone Back in 1998, when my grandmother looked at my university thesis on  blue compact dwarf galaxies , she asked me, puzzled, "what  exactly  do you use this for?" I then realised that, perhaps, I had to reconsider my career ambitions.
Short food supply chains: setting another place at the table
Short food supply chains: setting another place at the table There is an old tradition in many cafés in Naples, Italy: it’s called "caffè sospeso", in Italian “ pending coffee ”.
Soft robotics: what the octopus has taught us
Soft robotics: what the octopus has taught us “If you think about a robot, how do you picture it from the back of your mind? Perhaps it looks something like a humanoid, built with rigid materials such as metals.
Electric cars: current trends make for a shocking change
Electric cars: current trends make for a shocking change Electric cars are rapidly moving from the periphery of the automotive sector in the European Union to the mainstream.
The revolution of plantoids
The revolution of plantoids The grapevines of the Italian region of Tuscany gave food for thought to researchers based in Pontedera, near Pisa, who developed the first soft robot that mimics the behaviour of tendrils .
Would you wear clothes made from poo, and other agricultural waste?
Would you wear clothes made from poo, and other agricultural waste? When Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi was looking to import some American goats, they produce a protein she needed for a ‘bio-art’ project, she hit an unexpected obstacle.
From ground to sky to detect water leaks
From ground to sky to detect water leaks The annual World water day founded in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly on March 22, reminds us of the importance of preserving this precious source of life.
Florence: Renaissance and smart future
Florence: Renaissance and smart future When you hear Uffizi, Accademia and David what do you think about? Florence, for sure. For its old history, breathtaking painting, sculpture, and architecture.
Climate change: trees to the rescue
Climate change: trees to the rescue Fighting climate change is the challenge of the century. The last UN Environment Emissions Gap Report warned that, in order to ensure global warming stays below 2°C, efforts should be tripled , and if we want to stay below 1.
Twenty-two million smart homes in Europe: from science-fiction to reality
Twenty-two million smart homes in Europe: from science-fiction to reality Door locks that open with fingerprints, networked security cameras, smart light bulbs, smart washing machines: technology is transforming our homes, turning the tech dreams of yesterday into the reality of today.
Blockchain from farm to fork
Blockchain from farm to fork Using blockchain in food supply systems is quite a recent research field. Electronic giants and start-ups are testing this technology to enter the market with a new tool to get more trusted information about what arrives on our plate.
Home sweet (hemp) home
Home sweet (hemp) home Building with wood, straw, and hemp. Biobased materials are seeing ever more use in the construction sector, which needs to become more sustainable as it is one of the major sources of soil, air and water pollution.
Making co-owned buildings energy efficient: a EU lab in Rome
Making co-owned buildings energy efficient: a EU lab in Rome Some 15.4 % of the EU population reported that they live in dwellings with a leaking roof, damp walls, floors or foundations, rot in the window frames or the floor. And some 8.7 % are unable to keep their home warm enough.
Recycled construction waste: building a more sustainable future
Recycled construction waste: building a more sustainable future In the southern Belgian province of Namur, concrete and bricks from demolished buildings are being turned into eco-friendly road surfaces.
Electric mobility: opportunities and challenges
Electric mobility: opportunities and challenges Greenhouse gases decreased by 23% between 1990 and 2016, said the third report on the state of the “Energy Union”, which tracks the EU's transition to a low-carbon society.
When science challenges terrorism
When science challenges terrorism Can science become central to combating terrorism and organised crime? Predictive policing uses mathematical and analytical tools to identify potentially dangerous people and forecast crimes.
Microscopic antennas to peer into nano-sized worlds
Microscopic antennas to peer into nano-sized worlds Vast arrays of antennas are being built to capture infrared light beams. You won’t find them in a desert though, pointed out towards space.
How can smart cities finance their transformation?
How can smart cities finance their transformation? Local governments in Europe are notoriously risk averse, city council officials and industry leaders won’t hesitate to tell you.
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