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Green energy and politics: crowdfunding to the rescue?
Green energy and politics: crowdfunding to the rescue? The  Paris climate change pact , which  entered into force  last year, was announced with a huge fanfare. The deal aims to limit the rise in average global temperatures to “well below” two degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
Bioeconomy innovations: tough starting up
Bioeconomy innovations: tough starting up For innovation managers and startup advisors it is clear: scientists and researchers are not business people . "Much is dependent on the personality of the founder. A pure scientist will not be able to proceed.
Energy crowdfunding: the new way to boost renewables
Energy crowdfunding: the new way to boost renewables It's a brand new sector: the first steps date back to 2012. Today energy crowdfunding is a way of financing solar panel or wind turbine projects.
Clean energies in need of a long term vision
Clean energies in need of a long term vision The European grid already faces transmission challenges, as the alternative current (AC) infrastructure has almost reached its transport capacity.
Alan O’Connor - Taming nature’s wild character
Alan O’Connor - Taming nature’s wild character Flash floods in Central Europe in 2002 damaged hundreds of roads, caused electricity failures, contaminated clean water and cost an estimated €150 billion in damage .
Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere
Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere Runny nose, watery eyes and cough; these are the symptoms associated with respiratory allergies. About 20% to 30% of Europeans suffer from some type of respiratory allergy , according to the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Associations .
Real-time insight into our brain
Real-time insight into our brain New advances related to new uses of imaging technologies could help scientists uncover the brain’s mysteries.
Sponge Metal Ships
Sponge Metal Ships Lighter ships mean more freight, less trips and therefore less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Veikko Hintsanen, a captain from Finland, and the researchers from Fraunhofer have designed a “Bioship” based on the new material.
A new material to cut the weight of ships by 30%
A new material to cut the weight of ships by 30% The new material is lighter than water and has a high stiffness . Within seconds a cube made from aluminum starts to inflate into the shape of a sponge under the impact of heat.
Breaking the vicious cycle of antibiotic resistant bacteria
Breaking the vicious cycle of antibiotic resistant bacteria Bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infections are remarkably resilient and can develop ways to survive drugs meant to kill or weaken them.