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10 November 2020
Society
Nano level microscopy goes into the fieldNano level microscopy goes into the field

Could your smartphone detect the coronavirus on surfaces? European researchers are developing a new generation of optical microscopes for mobile phones where LEDs and tiny detectors in the camera can analyse very small structures

 

22 September 2020
Bioeconomy
Why the EU’s post-COVID recovery should go bioWhy the EU’s post-COVID recovery should go bio

The bioeconomy could play a significant role in Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, if governments and industries capitalize on shifting demands and priorities, adapt to the new funding realities and learn some lessons regarding prevention rather than adaptation

17 September 2020
Mobility
Credits: Photo by Andrew Gook on UnsplashHow the Covid-19 pandemic is changing urban mobility

The current necessity of social distancing is re-shaping urban transport. In several cities the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is already evident. Like the 'bike revolution' started in the Netherlands after an economic and social crisis in the Seventies, the pandemic may be a fly-wheel for sustainable mobility in many polluted urban areas

16 September 2020
Mobility
Covid-19: the resilience of the electric-car marketCovid-19: the resilience of the electric-car market

Despite the lockdown and decreasing car sales, electric vehicles are on the increase. Europe doesn’t want to miss the moment and is boosting the research on technologies that can make electric mobility more efficient such as new lithium-ion batteries

15 September 2020
Society
A portable device to treat major brain disorders remotelyA portable device to treat major brain disorders remotely

Spanish innovator Ana Maiques has developed a wireless device to treat brain diseases at patients’ homes. Her research has had a considerable boost during the Covid-19 emergency

13 July 2020
Environment
Credits: EU project WADIAirborne water leak detection using an innovative ‘Triangle method’

Researchers have used planes and drones equipped with multispectral and infrared cameras to detect water losses in pipes in rural areas. The data has been analysed through a pioneering method combining the measure of the temperature of the surface and the vegetation cover fraction

23 June 2020
Mobility
E-ink panels and blockchain-based services: new smart mobility tools tested in SpainE-ink panels and blockchain-based services: new smart mobility tools tested in Spain

In 2020 Spain declared a national climate emergency. As mobility plays a big role in producing greenhouse gas emissions, Madrid and Barcelona are testing blockchain technology in transport services, while Valencia is studying innovative solar-powered e-ink displays in multimodal hubs

14 May 2020
Society
Light-emitting silicon: no longer a “holy grail” for computingLight-emitting silicon: no longer a “holy grail” for computing

If computers transmitted data using photons instead of electrons, they would perform better and devour less power. European researchers are now studying a new light-emitting alloy of silicon and germanium to obtain photonic chips, which can revolutionise computing

06 May 2020
Energy
Rebound behaviours, nudges, competition: energy saving is a matter of mindsetRebound behaviours, nudges, competition: energy saving is a matter of mindset

Lowering consumption is not as simple as introducing a new gadget. Besides implementing innovative technologies, it is necessary to stimulate an end-user behavioural change. And cognitive sciences can support energy conservation attitudes

16 April 2020
Society
Covid-19 crisis: a stress-test for smart citiesCovid-19 crisis: a stress-test for smart cities

The Covid-19 emergency is trialling our technologies, infrastructure and laws. In this context the EU has released a common toolbox for contact tracing apps to support gradual lifting of confinement measures. From the frantic race against time to fight off the coronavirus, we will inherit scientific and technological knowledge that could make our cities smarter and better equipped to face such global crisis in the future