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Saving 80 to 90 % of conventional energy in office buildings
Saving 80 to 90 % of conventional energy in office buildings In 2006 the Technical Building Code (CTE) has come into force in Spain. The Code provides for a reduction of energy demand of buildings from architectural design and a reduction of conventional energy consumption through the use of solar thermal water to produce heating and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.
Adapting to climate change
Adapting to climate change Compared with modern hybrids, traditional crop varieties are not only cheaper and easier to access but also more genetically diverse and therefore more resilient to environmental stress such as lack of water or nutrients.
Miguel Holgado: “You need to advance a lot in your technology to negotiate with investors”
Miguel Holgado: “You need to advance a lot in your technology to negotiate with investors” The new label-free detection kit  has been developed by the Spanish BIOD (Bio-Optical Detection) company, recently established.
A patient-specific predictive platform to treat back pathologies
A patient-specific predictive platform to treat back pathologies Despite being such a common problem, the decision-making process regarding the treatment of lumbar or low back pain is slow and it is hard for clinicians to decide if a patient actually requires a surgical treatments and to predict if these will be successful.
Moving away from silicon technology
Moving away from silicon technology Silicon, the conventional semiconductor used to build up electronics, is processed at very high temperature – over one thousand Celsius degrees - and it is difficult to recycle.
Prof. Jordy Sunyer "The role of environmental pollutants in our daily life is something completely new"
Prof. Jordy Sunyer "The role of environmental pollutants in our daily life is something completely new" From 13th to 16th September 13 to 16 Barcelona hosted the 2011 ISEE (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology) congress.
Dr. Francisco de Aristegui: “We support researchers to reach the market with their innovations”
Dr. Francisco de Aristegui: “We support researchers to reach the market with their innovations” A consortium connected to the project ProNano coaches researchers to reach the market with their innovations, by technology licensing or by creating new spin out companies.
Barriers in bringing nanotechnological innovations to the market
Barriers in bringing nanotechnological innovations to the market Researchers who need help with bringing their innovations to the market can get assistance from established offices of technology transfer .
European research looks into sustainable solutions for an innovative high quality bus system
European research looks into sustainable solutions for an innovative high quality bus system In a hotel lobby in Madrid we meet Umberto Guida. The 46-year-old works in Brussels for the International Association of Public Transport.
Bus of the Future
Bus of the Future The first results of the project can be seen in Spain and France. The public transport authority of Madrid has integrated a new information system so that commuters can obtain real time travel information as the exchange between suburban buses, urban buses and the metro.
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.
Tunnel Trouble
Tunnel Trouble Whether to go for a deluge system like the one which worked wonders for the emergency services during the 2007 Burnley Tunnel fire in Melbourne, Australia, or rather opt for a water mist model spraying small droplets of about 100 micron with a low terminal velocity and a high surface to volume ratio, several European countries are rethinking fire suppression mechanisms for their tunnels.
The Waltz of the Mirrors
The Waltz of the Mirrors 90% of the world’s population lives less than 2,700 km from a desert. If less than 1% of the world’s deserts were used to concentrate solar power, enough electricity could be produced to supply the entire planet.
Growing Ecologic Buildings
Growing Ecologic Buildings Reducing the energy requirements of buildings is an absolute priority in Europe. The energy demonstration project SARA has developed several public-access eco-buildings in France, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, UK and Uzbekistan.
Your Guide around Town
Your Guide around Town Guidebooks’ days are numbered. Tourist offices should be concerned. Time Out and the like should worry too. People will no longer need them for directions or to arrange their evenings, whether at home or abroad.
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