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17 March 2020
Environment
Climate change resilience through better water managementClimate change resilience through better water management

Global warming has brought about a more responsible attitude towards water consumption. A cutting edge airborne technology can save water lost through leaks while reducing energy use and carbon emissions

17 March 2020
Society
A spray to fight depressionA spray to fight depression

Researchers are trying to investigate whether the human body has specific odours a person feels happy or sad. The aim is to develop a dispenser that can spray substances able to help patients suffering from phobias and depression

05 March 2020
Energy
Women: energy empowermentWomen: energy empowerment

Energy policy is obviously gender neutral. But should it be so?

27 February 2020
Society
Overtourism: crowd control through ICT solutionsOvertourism: crowd control through ICT solutions

New technologies have offered a low cost and easy way to travel, but most tourist cities are failing to keep pace with managing the increased visitor flows. However, the same ICT sector is now being called on to deliver smart solutions to deal with overtourism and avoid the congestion of city centres

19 February 2020
Energy
Nudging energy saving behavioursNudging energy saving behaviours

The theory of nudges comes from behavioural science and was pioneered by Nobel-winning Richard Thaler. It is now being studied as an alternative strategy to help reduce household energy waste

16 January 2020
Society
The bionic hand: how a crazy idea has become a medical breakthroughThe bionic hand: how a crazy idea has become a medical breakthrough

More than two decades ago, a hand prosthesis able to give back a sense of touch to amputees would have been dubbed as science fiction. Today this has been proved possible, and now the goal is to make this technology available for as many patients as possible

07 January 2020
Environment
Wildfires in Izmir: a green plan for the city, an urban plan for the forestsWildfires in Izmir: a green plan for the city, an urban plan for the forests

After last summer’s massive forest fires in Izmir, Turkey, villagers were afraid their environment might be further threatened by urban development. But, starting from an extraordinary meeting inside the forest, the Municipality launched a reforestation campaign engaging the population.

03 December 2019
Environment
Air pollution in Skopje: how citizens spurred policymakers towards the changeAir pollution in Skopje: how citizens spurred policymakers towards the change

The air in Skopje, North Macedonia, is one of the most polluted in the world because of the city’s natural position and people's reliance on fossil fuels. However, over recent years, many citizens have started demonstrating against this plague, pushing policymakers to follow their new will

28 November 2019
Society
Changing the paradigm of heart transplantsChanging the paradigm of heart transplants

An ambitious study is trying to restore the neural connections that are lost during heart transplants, thus improving the life expectancy of patients

06 November 2019
Society
Exploring the unexpected. A chat with Paolo Dario, world-renowned pioneer of bioroboticsExploring the unexpected. A chat with Paolo Dario, world-renowned pioneer of biorobotics

From the bionic hand to a Fantastic Voyage-inspired capsule in the human body: Paolo Dario, founder of The BioRobotics Institute of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, shares the most important achievements over the last 20 years in their revolutionary integration of robotics with biology and medicine