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Slashers: the new frontier of the independent workforce
Slashers: the new frontier of the independent workforce
Sabrina is an Italian graphic designer, an editorial project manager and a graphologist. She is one of the European “slash workers” : self-employed professionals who put a slash between their multiple jobs in different sectors .
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The cultural heritage challenges a sustainable future
Buildings and the construction sector are responsible for over one-third of global final energy consumption and nearly 40% of total direct and indirect CO 2 emissions .
Peer-to-peer platforms – Shaping a democratic energy model to boost renewables
Peer-to-peer platforms – Shaping a democratic energy model to boost renewables
Peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms allow energy sharing and trading within a community without the binding mediation of the traditional big utilities.
Rapid tests for coronavirus and their accuracy
Rapid tests for coronavirus and their accuracy
Since the World Health Organisation declared  COVID-19 a pandemic , progress has been made on testing, tracing and treating people infected with the virus, and industries have developed  several vaccines in a record time.
Future and emerging technologies grow young talents
Future and emerging technologies grow young talents
The new generation of technologies is radically changing the face of what science has already achieved. Their seeds are being planted in European laboratories, where passionate young researchers have been playing their part in shaping a new world.
Covid-19 crisis: a stress-test for smart cities
Covid-19 crisis: a stress-test for smart cities
From the Covid-19 crisis we are learning a historic lesson about transforming our towns and cities. We’ll probably see a smart city concept B.C. and A.C, before coronavirus and after coronavirus.
A spray to fight depression
A spray to fight depression
You might remember the movie “ Perfume: the story of a murderer ”, directed by Tom Tykwer and based on a novel by Patrick Süskind.
Overtourism: crowd control through ICT solutions
Overtourism: crowd control through ICT solutions
Overtourism affects many world's beautiful cities, which often find themselves unprepared to deal with massive flows of visitors encouraged by low prices and easy mobility.
The bionic hand: how a crazy idea has become a medical breakthrough
The bionic hand: how a crazy idea has become a medical breakthrough
In December 2016 Loretana Puglisi, an Italian entrepreneur from Palazzolo Acreide, near Siracusa, lost her left hand in a work-related accident.
Changing the paradigm of heart transplants
Changing the paradigm of heart transplants
The world’s first human-to-human heart transplant is dated 3 December 1967, operated by the surgeon Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa, on patient Louis Washkansky.
Exploring the unexpected. A chat with Paolo Dario, world-renowned pioneer of biorobotics
Exploring the unexpected. A chat with Paolo Dario, world-renowned pioneer of biorobotics
Many of the prototypes that have made the history of biorobotics worldwide are visible in a showcase set up at The BioRobotics Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pontedera, near Pisa, Italy.
Researchers simulate mafia and terrorism recruitment
Researchers simulate mafia and terrorism recruitment
One of the crucial steps to weaken and eradicate mafia and terrorism is blocking their means of enlisting new forces . The challenge is to change the social conditions that allow their networks to expand and regenerate themselves despite investigations and arrests.
Short food supply chains: setting another place at the table
Short food supply chains: setting another place at the table
There is an old tradition in many cafés in Naples, Italy: it’s called "caffè sospeso", in Italian “ pending coffee ”.
Soft robotics: what the octopus has taught us
Soft robotics: what the octopus has taught us
“If you think about a robot, how do you picture it from the back of your mind? Perhaps it looks something like a humanoid, built with rigid materials such as metals.
The revolution of plantoids
The revolution of plantoids
The grapevines of the Italian region of Tuscany gave food for thought to researchers based in Pontedera, near Pisa, who developed the first soft robot that mimics the behaviour of tendrils .
When science challenges terrorism
When science challenges terrorism
Can science become central to combating terrorism and organised crime? Predictive policing uses mathematical and analytical tools to identify potentially dangerous people and forecast crimes.
How can smart cities finance their transformation?
How can smart cities finance their transformation?
Local governments in Europe are notoriously risk averse, city council officials and industry leaders won’t hesitate to tell you.
Financing the next generation of “deep-tech” research innovators
Financing the next generation of “deep-tech” research innovators
Remember the cassette Walkman? With streaming services, even MP3 players like the iPod look distinctly  passé . Car Sat-Navs used to drop jaws in amazement, but now driverless cars and flying drone taxis are on the horizon.
Beyond the Godfather
Beyond the Godfather
In the early 1990s, a series of initiatives were set about fighting organised crime on a European level. However, the killing of “ndrangheta” members in the German city of Duisburg in 2007 acted as a wake-up call.
Your future Christmas jumper could be made from smart textiles
Your future Christmas jumper could be made from smart textiles
How would you like a fancy Christmas garment embedded with sensors to measure your body movements? Or a reindeer hat that moves its horns when your heart beats faster? Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of winter festivities, because the technology behind the next generation of smart clothes is for everyone and can be woven into anything we wear.
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