Italy
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.
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks
A new detection system reveals terrorist attacks on water supply networks In the 21st century several countries have suffered great losses after terrorist attacks. Although the risk of bioterrorist attacks or accidental contamination of our water supply network is low, the consequences could be fatal.
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated Water
Mobile Detection System for Contaminated Water The technology uses several nano-biological sensors to monitor the presence of several bioterrorism agents in drinking water.
A new supercapacitor to improve power and efficiency and increase battery life of electric vehicles
A new supercapacitor to improve power and efficiency and increase battery life of electric vehicles The search for a new clean energy increases worldwide as the sources of natural energy diminish. The transport sector is especially vulnerable, by the decline in oil reserves, at the time when number of cars on our roads steadily increases.
Tune Up Your Electric Car!
Tune Up Your Electric Car! The research team has redesigned the batteries which are now also able to store energy during braking and releasing it quickly during acceleration.
Greener Boats, Cleaner Coasts
Greener Boats, Cleaner Coasts Italian and German researchers of the European Research Project MC-WAP have replaced the diesel engines with a propulsion system based on molten carbonate fuel cells.
Innovative concepts of urban mobility
Innovative concepts of urban mobility Bologna is a fast growing city and has become a very important rail, highway and airport junction.
City Closure Increases Mobility
City Closure Increases Mobility "We decided to close the city centre for traffic”, explains Fabio Cartolano the drastic measures to liberate the city of Bologna from unbearable traffic jams.
How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility?
How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility? Within a project called Ticket to Kyoto five European public transport companies try to drastically reduce their CO2 emissions. These companies are Dutch RET, British GMPTE, German moBiel, French RATP and Belgian STIB.
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront?
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront? Researchers have made great strides towards developing fruit and vegetable breeding tools, but they still have a long way to go, according to Dr. Daniel Sargent at East Malling Research in the UK.
The Secret of Eve´s Apple is Lifted
The Secret of Eve´s Apple is Lifted The Istituto Agrario San Michele all`Adige is situated near Trento in the northern mountains of Italy. Here the team of Dr. Riccardo Velasco coordinated the apple genome project.
The apple’s genome map guides cultivation towards sustainability
The apple’s genome map guides cultivation towards sustainability About three years ago 18 research institutions coordinated by FEM got their teeth into the well-known cultivar Golden Delicious’ genome sequence. Golden Delicious is one cultivar of the domesticated apple Malus x domestica.
Prof. Francesco Salamini: "Availability of many markers will change all apple breeding paradigms”
Prof. Francesco Salamini: "Availability of many markers will change all apple breeding paradigms” What has been the biggest challenge during the apple genome sequencing and mapping? The real problem in our case was that the variety, Golden Delicious, we had chosen is heterozygous.
Dr Fivos Andritsos: “No need to wait for the next disastrous shipwreck to test a new remarkable solution”
Dr Fivos Andritsos: “No need to wait for the next disastrous shipwreck to test a new remarkable solution” His aim was to develop a system that could capture the oil right at its source, before it disperses on the surface of the ocean.
Oil Spills: A Deep Water Solution
Oil Spills: A Deep Water Solution Oil is less dense than water and therefore the oil escaping the sea bed travels up to the water surface. Dr. Fivos Andritsos and his colleagues from the Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy have now developed a reservoir which can be applied on top of the leakage.
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