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Alessandro Marseglia: Recycling plastic into construction materials
Alessandro Marseglia: Recycling plastic into construction materials Recycling is now an important part of our economy. Today not only is recycling an important source of material for the production of consumer goods, but it also protects the environment and can save energy.
Plastic waste set in concrete
Plastic waste set in concrete In Europe more than 12 million tonnes of mixed plastic waste are dumped on landfills every year, according to a report from NUMIX scientists. The recycling of plastic into usable products has proven difficult .
Genetic testing in the steak-house
Genetic testing in the steak-house Using state-of-the art genomics to predict whether a piece of beef will be tender enough may sound excessive.
Flood water in silico
Flood water in silico Not all countries are equal in the face of floods. To provide support for the variety of scenarios encountered, the RAMWASS research project developed a tool for gauging and managing the dangers of floods in specific river zones.
Art gets its digital passport
Art gets its digital passport Imagine that a hundred years ago it was possible to take the ‘digital fingerprint’ of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and store it in an international database.
Citizen Foodie
Citizen Foodie One way communication does not work. No better proof is that previous attempts to increase public awareness of healthily eating have failed. Despite numerous campaigns, no significant change occurred in patterns of food purchase and consumption.
The joker card in the renewable energy game
The joker card in the renewable energy game Woodchips are one of the renewable sources of energy used in domestic and district-level heating systems. They can come from wood waste from construction, agriculture, landscaping, logging and sawmills.
The Artificial Finger
The Artificial Finger Now European researchers of the projects NanoBioTact and NanoBioTouch delve deep into the mysteries of touch and have developed the first sensitive artificial finger .
A touchy feely artificial finger
A touchy feely artificial finger An artificial finger could benefit patients with a missing finger in many ways. The most obvious, would be to add sensory feedback to their prosthesis . In addition, remote surgery could also benefit from a well-functioning artificial finger.
A holistic approach to energy saving in buildings
A holistic approach to energy saving in buildings A new Directive, dubbed the energy performance of buildings Directive (EPBD), brings the new concept of net -zero energy buildings (NZEB) meaning buildings with a zero energy balance that have a better level of energy performance than the standard energy efficiency requirements in current building codes.
The big forest biomass bonanza: inserting wood fiber into recyled plastics
The big forest biomass bonanza: inserting wood fiber into recyled plastics The biomass found in forests represents an abundant, renewable, and low cost resource that does not compete with food production. It can play an alternative role to petroleum derived-resources and thus reduce oil dependence.
Fashion goes greener with dye cleanup tech
Fashion goes greener with dye cleanup tech Each season the fashion industry surprises with new fabrics in a myriad of colours. Producing multi-coloured textile, however, has an environmental cost. Indeed, heavy polluting dyes find their way to the textile industry’s waste water .
Transparent Electronics
Transparent Electronics In the MULTIFLEXIOXIDES project scientist have developed new cost-efficient, long lasting, light, flexible and transparent devices which can display information directly on the windscreen.
Bioalchemy: turning sludge into clear water
Bioalchemy: turning sludge into clear water The process was developed by the Water Research Institute (WRI) of the Italian National Research Council and tested and scaled-up as part the EU-funded Innowatech project We know that biological processes offer the cheapest way to treat industrial wastewater.
A Window Through Time
A Window Through Time Going from modern energy efficient houses to historic buildings must have been a big leap for you.
Energy-efficient windows for historic buildings
Energy-efficient windows for historic buildings Window refurbishments stand out as a viable approach to dramatically reduce energy loss. As their first case of study, the project’s researchers chose to upgrade the windows of the ‘Waaghaus’ (Public Weighing House), a building located in Bolzano, Italy, that is over seven-century-old.
Forget the Word Nano
Forget the Word Nano These are key insights from two EC funded initiatives, ProNano and Nanocom , which are joining their forces to tackle the issue of barriers to the commercialisation of European nanotechnologies .
Wooden Bones
Wooden Bones Rebuilding bones out of wood, or cartilage out of algae and chitosan is the most spectacular aspect of this particular bioinspiration field.
Prof. Margherita Hack: "I've always been a fighter"
Prof. Margherita Hack: "I've always been a fighter" You have just turned 89. What is the biggest satisfaction you have had until now? I don’t know what to say since I have had so many satisfactions with my job.
Dr. Mario Conte: “Ionic liquids make new and better-performing supercapacitators greener”
Dr. Mario Conte: “Ionic liquids make new and better-performing supercapacitators greener” Dr. Mario Conte from the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, is Coordinator of the EU research project ILHYPOS.
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