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Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save bees
Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save bees
Tens of thousands of them don’t even manage to get back to their apiary. Disoriented, they lose the way home and die.
"Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing"
"Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing"
The local government of the Piedmont region listened carefully to the beekeepers’ complaints, says Giacomo Michelatti, head of the region’s agrochemical control department.
Rossella Palomba
Rossella Palomba
Today, the male lobby -the “old boy network”- in Italy is preventing women from ascending within academies and companies’ hierarchy, despite their high qualifications.
A Third Eye for Rescuers
A Third Eye for Rescuers
Fire brigades will soon have access to a safety system which is able to accurately detect and locate people that may be trapped in debris after, for example, an earthquake.
Protecting Patient Data
Protecting Patient Data
For every physician and patient, reduction of medical error is a priority issue. 10% of diagnoses and prescriptions are estimated to be flawed.
Advances in Treating Huntington’s Disease
Advances in Treating Huntington’s Disease
Juliet Ross is suffering from Huntington’s Disease, a rare neurological disorder that affects one in 10.000 people. Due to a genetic defect, her body produces a toxic protein that damages neurons in her brain .
Huntington's disease: A treatment in sight?
Huntington's disease: A treatment in sight?
A treatment to directly fight Huntington’s disease could finally be in sight . Until now, therapies for this severely debilitating genetic disorder have only focused on alleviating physical and psychiatric symptoms.
Restore History and Save Energy
Restore History and Save Energy
Restoring historic buildings and saving energy at the same time is now a reality. Passive house window expert Franz Freundorfer developed the heat-saver for the Waaghaus in Bolzano, a building from the 13th century .
Making Europe’s cultural heritage more energy efficient
Making Europe’s cultural heritage more energy efficient
A well-accepted measure for climate protection involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions . And buildings have the greatest energy saving potential, according to the official EU Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 .
Alexandra Troi: Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise
Alexandra Troi: Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise
Historical buildings and town quarters are an integral part of the European cultural heritage. However, such buildings are often not very energy efficient and thus contribute substantially to the emission of greenhouse gases.
Giorgio Metta: The advent of the sensing robot
Giorgio Metta: The advent of the sensing robot
In science fiction, robots acts like human beings. A close look at the state of the art robotics would tell us that the technology is not likely to emulate science fiction yet. But there has been much progress in the field.
Andrea Vitaletti - Talking plants…science fiction?
Andrea Vitaletti - Talking plants…science fiction?
Plants, like almost all living organisms, have an internal communication system to respond to external stimuli. Whether they are exposed to sunlight, pollutants, nutrients or pests, plants react with a tell-tale electrical signal.
The case for low methane-emitting cattle
The case for low methane-emitting cattle
You may think that climate change is being caused by burning oil, coal and gas. But not so fast! The emission of methane from cattle is a surprisingly important factor .
Too tasty for your own good
Too tasty for your own good
Fat, sugar and salt - these ingredients are often used by the food industry to enrich their products and provide us with the perfect sensual experience. Now, scientists in France are trying to reverse this trend.
BIM: changing the way architects and builders work
BIM: changing the way architects and builders work
The construction of a building does not only start with its design by architects and engineers.
Low energy district renovation
Low energy district renovation
The overall building stock represents about 40% of the EU’s energy consumption. It also produces about 36% of its total CO2 emissions. Besides, new buildings only account for 1% to 1.
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger – Improving building design to reach zero-energy consumption
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger – Improving building design to reach zero-energy consumption
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger is a senior researcher in the energy management in buildings group of the Institute for Renewable Energy of EURAC Research . He tells youris.
A new collaboration era for the building sector
A new collaboration era for the building sector
The building sector has traditionally been fragmented. Many different actors are involved at different stages, from the design to the performance monitoring stage.
Preventing antibiotic resistance in hospital textiles
Preventing antibiotic resistance in hospital textiles
“Antibiotic resistance threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era”. The World Health Organisation uses this strong expression when referring to a phenomenon that is rapidly spreading: the increasing resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics .
Silvia Demattè: Sharing information to make better decisions in building sector
Silvia Demattè: Sharing information to make better decisions in building sector
EnginSoft , is an Italian consultancy specialised in computer-aided-engineering. It has experience of contributing to the development of low energy buildings, under the EU-funded DIRECTION research project.
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