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Innovation / Technology - 16.05.2019
Children describe technology that gives them a sense of ambiguity as 'creepy'
Children describe technology that gives them a sense of ambiguity as ’creepy’
Many parents express concerns about privacy and online safety in technology designed for their children. But we know much less about what children themselves find concerning in emerging technologies. Now University of Washington researchers have defined for the first time what children mean when they say technology is "creepy.” Kids in a new study described creepy technology as something that is unpredictable or poses an ambiguous threat that might cause physical harm or threaten an important relationship.

Innovation / Technology - 10.05.2019
Public’s Dread of Nuclear Power Limits its Deployment
In the ongoing effort to decarbonize U.S. energy production, one energy source often attracts great controversy. Nuclear power has been a part of the American energy portfolio since the 1950s and generates one in every five kilowatt-hours of electricity produced in the country. Still, for a number of reasons, including the association between radiation and cancer, the general public has long felt a significant dread about it.

Environment - Innovation / Technology - 09.05.2019
Building-integrated photovoltaics: aesthetic, efficient and widely accepted
Building-integrated photovoltaics: aesthetic, efficient and widely accepted
Within the scope of National Research Programme "Energy Turnaround" (NRP 70), researchers studied photovoltaic systems integrated into the roofs and façades (BIPV) of existing buildings from the point of view of aesthetic, ecological and economic criteria. Their findings: all developers and architects could use this technology for the renovation of existing buildings.

Materials Science - Innovation / Technology - 09.05.2019
Design meets research
Design meets research
In the planned project "Re-FREAM" designers develop new and innovative fashion concepts in cooperation with researchers from all over Europe and completely rethink processes, traditions, production methods as well as design and functionality of clothing. Empa is also involved as a research partner. "We live in the most exciting era of mankind", write the initiators of the "Re-FREAM" project on their website.

Life Sciences - Innovation / Technology - 09.05.2019
Global Alliance of Biofoundries is major step forward in synthetic biology
Global Alliance of Biofoundries is major step forward in synthetic biology
A new network of the world's leading Biofoundries has been launched to drive forward synthetic biology research and industry. The Global Alliance of Biofoundries (GBA) brings together 16 institutions from countries including the UK, US, Japan, Singapore, China, Australia, Denmark and Canada. The London DNA Foundry , based at Imperial College London, is one of the leading founders of the new Global Alliance.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 07.05.2019
Collision-Detecting Suitcase, Wayfinding App Help Blind People Navigate Airports
Researchers, Pittsburgh International Airport seek to increase independence of travelers with vision impairments Carnegie Mellon University researchers say a smart suitcase that warns blind users of impending collisions and a wayfinding smartphone app can help people with visual disabilities navigate airport terminals safely and independently.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 07.05.2019
Twisting whirlpools of electrons
Twisting whirlpools of electrons
Using a novel approach, EPFL physicists have been able to create ultrafast electron vortex beams, with significant implications for fundamental physics, quantum computing, future data-storage and even certain medical treatments. In Jules Verne's famous classic Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea , the iconic submarine Nautilus disappears into the Moskenstraumen, a massive whirlpool off the coast of Norway.

History / Archeology - Innovation / Technology - 23.04.2019
Using X-ray technology to clear up an archeological secret
In an important first, EPFL and Vaud Canton's archeology office used X-ray scanning technology to unlock the mysteries of an extremely rare chainmail shirt dating from Roman times. The results will go on display at the Cantonal Museum of Archeology and History in Lausanne from 26 April to 25 August.

Innovation / Technology - History / Archeology - 16.04.2019
Research helps show how technology behind the V&A's Cast Courts underpins the modern world
Research helps show how technology behind the V&A’s Cast Courts underpins the modern world
Sussex research helps show how technology behind the V&A's Cast Courts underpins the modern world Research conducted by a University of Sussex teaching fellow has proved fundamental to the recently restored Cast Courts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, revealing how the developments pioneered by a Victorian manufacturer are relevant today.

Health - Innovation / Technology - 16.04.2019
£20m centre to enable people with dementia to live in own homes for longer
£20m centre to enable people with dementia to live in own homes for longer
A ground-breaking £20m centre will develop technologies to create dementia-friendly 'Healthy Homes' and provide insights into how dementia develops. The new Care Research & Technology Centre at Imperial College London joins six national discovery science centres that collectively make up the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) .

Innovation / Technology - Environment - 15.04.2019
Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans
Seeking innovative ideas: space for the oceans
15 April 2019 ESA seeks your ideas for applying space technology to Earth-based problems. Through the Open Space Innovation Platform , a new challenge-based website, the Agency is hunting out bright ideas to monitor plastic waste polluting the oceans, and to improve the self-steering abilities of ships.

Innovation / Technology - 12.04.2019
ESA opening up to new ideas
ESA opening up to new ideas
12 April 2019 ESA aims to harness a new resource for future space activities: ideas from European and global researchers, businesses and the general public. Through its new Open Space Innovation Platform (OSIP), anyone is welcome to respond to space-related challenges. The Agency's new Open Space Innovation Platform website is a streamlined entry point for novel ideas, both in response to specific problems and open calls.

Life Sciences - Innovation / Technology - 10.04.2019
How close are we really to 3D printing organs?
How close are we really to 3D printing organs?
3D printing technologies are now so advanced they can create structures on a nanoscale. But how close are we to seeing 3D printed organs in the market? Professor Hala Zreiqat and Dr Peter Newman explain. "It's just five to ten years away". From cures for cancer to fusion power and driverless cars, almost every technology seems to be perpetually five to ten years away.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 05.04.2019
Preserving heritage data at ESA
Preserving heritage data at ESA
5 April 2019 Why is archiving and curating heritage satellite data so fundamentally important? How can heritage data from old satellites be used to compare with current findings? This week, ESA is focusing on its core Basic Activities, which, for Earth observation and other directorates, include preserving precious data.

Innovation / Technology - 02.04.2019
Forging the future
Forging the future
2 April 2019 Where does ESA get its ideas from? One major source of new concepts is through our Discovery & Preparation activities, forming part of ESA's Basic Activities. Working with and across all ESA programmes, from human spaceflight to Earth observation , Discovery & Preparation lays the groundwork for ESA's nearer-term future activities.

Physics - Innovation / Technology - 01.04.2019
Skyrmions could provide next generation data storage
Skyrmions could provide next generation data storage
Scientists at the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol and Colorado, Boulder have moved a step closer to developing the next generation of data storage and processing devices, using an emerging science called skyrmionics. Skyrmionics focuses on harnessing the properties of nanometer-sized structures in magnetic films called skyrmions.

Social Sciences - Innovation / Technology - 29.03.2019
Why a 1925 book is still relevant to urban sociology
Faculty to discuss The City , an influential text UChicago Press will republish in April The city is not just its skyscrapers and sidewalks, its roads, or houses or people. The city is "a state of mind"-a result of the interactions between institutions and those who inhabit them. That was part of the argument Robert E. Park laid out nearly a century ago, when he co-authored The City with fellow University of Chicago sociologist Ernest W. Burgess.

Life Sciences - Innovation / Technology - 29.03.2019
Researchers Aim for Early Detection of Viruses in Biopharmaceuticals
Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Chemical Engineering are collaborating with leading biotechnology company Genentech , a member of the Roche Group, and LumaCyte , a biotechnology instrumentation company based in Charlottesville, Virginia, to develop an advanced biomanufacturing technology for adventitious agent testing, or testing for unexpected viral infections during the production of biopharmaceuticals.

Innovation / Technology - Materials Science - 25.03.2019
Experts Assess Future of Fuel Cells
In the quest for alternatives to gas-powered vehicles, experts believe one new method shows great promise: Proton exchange membrane fuel cells. In the quest for the perfect alternative for gas-powered vehicles, there have been a lot of contenders over the years. When it comes to public perception, battery electric vehicles are some of the most widely known.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 20.03.2019
Taking gravity from strength to strength
Ten years ago, ESA launched one of its most innovative satellites. GOCE spent four years measuring a fundamental force of nature: gravity. This extraordinary mission not only yielded new insights into our gravity field, but led to some amazing discoveries about our planet, from deep below the surface to high up in the atmosphere and beyond.
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