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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.
Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells: an alternative and cleaner power supply for ships
Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells: an alternative and cleaner power supply for ships The research into molten carbonate fuel cells has it origins as early as the 1930s, Emil Baur and H.Preis in Switzerland experimented with high-temperature, solid oxide electrolytes.
Monitoring dangerous vehicles whilst in motion
Monitoring dangerous vehicles whilst in motion Overloaded trucks may cause excessive damage to the road infrastructure and lead to road accidents. For this purpose, there are strict government regulations imposed regarding permissible loads on the truck and its distribution.
Automated Truck Inspection
Automated Truck Inspection German highway engineers have set up a new system of cameras and sensors in the ground – to determine weight, speed and even state of the wheels and brakes.
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure?
What research brings spinal cord-injured patients closer to a cure? Spinal cord repair focuses on finding ways to make axons regrow and connect properly, replace damaged neurons, protect surviving neurons from further injury and retrain neural circuits to repair body functions.
Nano Filtered Water
Nano Filtered Water The filter could be used to recycle sewage on a space station, but the main focus is the use of ultra pure water in the fabrication of semiconductors.
Michael Melz: “Reducing weight to achieve better fuel efficiency is the right approach. But it is one among many ways”
Michael Melz: “Reducing weight to achieve better fuel efficiency is the right approach. But it is one among many ways” By comparing the weights of latest Volkswagen Golf VI with its predecessor Golf I, built in 1978, the scale shows the difference: Golf I weighs 880 kilograms, Golf VI lets the numbers on the scale rise to 1.
Dr. Martin Goede: “Not a super light car, but a 35% lighter body than the standard used today. Still an important step to limit car emissions”
Dr. Martin Goede: “Not a super light car, but a 35% lighter body than the standard used today. Still an important step to limit car emissions” The European Union has set a standard that emissions may not exceed an average of 130 grams CO2 per kilometre. This corresponds to the consumption of approximately 4,5 litres of fuel per 100km.
Pushing the efficiency limit of solar cells further
Pushing the efficiency limit of solar cells further Some laboratories have achieved impressive efficiencies under concentrated sunlight. SunPower Corp. is much closer to the market. The California-based company recently produced a record-setting 24.
Michael Blunk: "These are the challenges to be faced by the wind power of the future"
Michael Blunk: "These are the challenges to be faced by the wind power of the future" Engineer and project manager Michael Blunk, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES, is one of the experts in the European project UpWind. The aim is to develop a new type of turbine.
Electric Parcel Service
Electric Parcel Service A delivery van double-parking and blocking the road . This could be a scene of the past according to Werner Schönewolf, who is developing new delivery methods for parcel services.
Infrastructure and renewable energy for FCV’s
Infrastructure and renewable energy for FCV’s Fuel cell vehicles (FCV’s) are already in use, but only for demonstration purposes, and a good infrastructure for hydrogen refuelling is not in place yet.
The Super Light Car
The Super Light Car The cars today - even in their basic configuration - are equipped with many features: air conditioning, electric windows and airbags for example. The price for improved comfort and safety on board has been an increase in weight.
Prof. Thomas Klockgether: "Ataxia-sufferers are placing their hopes in research"
Prof. Thomas Klockgether: "Ataxia-sufferers are placing their hopes in research" With a prevalence of about 1 in 10.000, Ataxia is considered a rare hereditary disease that attacks the central nervous system. As a result, it is not at the top of the list in terms of research topics for pharmaceutical companies.
Vaccine Against Diabetes?
Vaccine Against Diabetes? In Europe alone, autoimmune diseases that may target any body organ affect about 7% of the population.
Genes out of Balance
Genes out of Balance For a neurodegenerative disease that strikes later in life with neuronal dysfunction and subsequent cell death by showing a mind-boggling heterogeneity of subtypes, spinocerebellar ataxia had not been adequately tackled for a long time.
Palms, a reliable climate change indicator in Europe
Palms, a reliable climate change indicator in Europe Lovingly tended to as far as Kristianstad in Sweden, palms have never had it so good in Northern European gardens. The UK, which has not had a seriously cold winter for about 10 years, is a case in point.
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.
World relies on endangered bees for 153 billion euros
World relies on endangered bees for 153 billion euros Precious insect pollinators hold an almighty 153 billion euros worldwide on their industrious wings for the main crops that feed the planet every year. If they all disappeared overnight, so would 9.
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