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14 May 2019
Society
Soft robotics: what the octopus has taught usSoft robotics: what the octopus has taught us

Ten years ago the octopus inspired the world's first entirely soft robot, made with silicone. The artificial octopus allowed researchers to simplify control and sensory-motor behaviour of robots, enabling them to be more efficient than rigid-linked hard machines. Everything started from a dream of researcher Cecilia Laschi

07 May 2019
Mobility
Electric cars: current trends make for a shocking changeElectric cars: current trends make for a shocking change

While vehicle manufacturers invest in research, authorities are working to improve charging infrastructure to support consumers’ growing interest in the sector. The day when electric cars dominate the passenger transport market no longer seems quite so distant

06 May 2019
Energy
Smart 3D modelling for buildingsSmart 3D modelling for buildings

Building information modelling (BIM) has disrupted the construction industry. The digital technology represents and processes all the characteristics of a building in its whole life-cycle, allowing architects, engineers and construction professionals to design and manage it in a more efficient way

30 April 2019
Society
The revolution of plantoidsThe revolution of plantoids

Robots are usually inspired by humans and animals. But the very last frontier is the ‘plantoids’ – plant robots able to move and explore the environment with their smart sensors. Their ‘mother’ is researcher Barbara Mazzolai

08 April 2019
Bioeconomy
Would you wear clothes made from poo, and other agricultural waste?Would you wear clothes made from poo, and other agricultural waste?

Disposing of agricultural waste is an expensive and complicated issue for many farmers. But now a number of innovative companies are turning this waste into clothes for us to wear

19 March 2019
Society
Terrorism recruitment on the dark webTerrorism recruitment on the dark web

How do terrorists recruit people on the anonymous corner of the internet known as the dark web? We asked security expert Michael Osborne

19 March 2019
Environment
From ground to sky to detect water leaksFrom ground to sky to detect water leaks

In some European countries half of the water flowing in the supply system gets lost because of the difficulties experienced by water utilities to monitor leaks in their networks. A new airborne detection method is now tested in France and Portugal

07 March 2019
Energy
Energy's got gameEnergy's got game

Saving the planet can mean saving money and having fun. This is not wishful thinking but a reality that is happening with gamification all over the world

06 March 2019
Society
Smart city: enthusiasm but caution on new 5G technologySmart city: enthusiasm but caution on new 5G technology

5G networks no doubt have the technological specs necessary to power smart cities, but without careful design and planning the complexity of integrating everything from traffic to health care could prove overwhelming

05 March 2019
Energy
Florence: Renaissance and smart futureFlorence: Renaissance and smart future

The Italian city has recently become a model smart city by implementing a broad plan ranging from urban development to mobility and new tourism management