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Computer Science - Innovation - 19.12.2019
New technology to observe and quantify intracellular phenomena
Researchers at EPFL and spin-off Nanolive have used a special microscope that combines two imaging technologies to observe and quantify new intracellular phenomena. In an article published today in the journal PLOS Biology, also reveals a range of computer tools that can be used in the future by other research laboratories.

Environment - Innovation - 19.12.2019
Experts create clean cold research hub to meet global challenge
Led by UK Universities, multi-disciplinary researchers from around the globe are joining forces in an innovative new research centre aimed at speeding up the use of radical new cooling solutions to help small-holder farmers, medicine suppliers and others make the most of clean and sustainable chilled distribution systems.

Mechanical Engineering - Innovation - 17.12.2019
Innovative ’biplane’ design could lead to next generation of wind turbines
Biplanes, the fixed-wing aircrafts with two wings, one above the other, exist today mostly in aviation museums, World War I movies and black-and-white photos. But thanks to an innovation by UCLA engineers, that two-wing design could soon be used to make wind turbines that harvest energy more efficiently.

Materials Science - Innovation - 11.12.2019
Additive Manufacturing: The 3D Revolution
Additive Manufacturing: The 3D Revolution
By Birgit Baustädter 3D printing is the manufacturing technique of the future. And these are not just empty words: the approach's significance is reflected in numerous examples from a wide variety of disciplines. This article has just been published in our research magazine TU Graz research. You can read or download the latest issue directly as an e-paper.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 04.12.2019
Through the eyes of animals
Humans are a step closer to seeing what the world looks like through the eyes of animals, thanks to technology developed by researchers from The University of Queensland and the University of Exeter. PhD candidate Cedric van den Berg from UQ's School of Biological Sciences said that, until now, it had been difficult to understand how animals saw the world.

Innovation - Computer Science - 02.12.2019
New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming
New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming
By Christoph Pelzl Dieter Schmalstieg, a researcher at Graz University of Technology, is working on a method combining the advantages of cloud computing and virtual reality. This method will allow computer games to be displayed on inexpensive VR headsets in unsurpassed quality. Streaming services, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, are widely used.

Agronomy / Food Science - Innovation - 22.11.2019
Engineering solutions for kitchen challenges
Engineering solutions for kitchen challenges
Crafty engineering can help solve many problems, including those we face in our own kitchens. At EPFL's Institute of Mechanical Engineering, students from three laboratories tackled some of the most common kitchen challenges as part of the first Kitchen-Inspired Engineering contest. Cooking the perfect poached egg is a lot trickier than it looks.

Innovation - Chemistry - 22.11.2019
Glass from a 3D printer
Glass from a 3D printer
ETH researchers are using a 3D printing method to produce complex, highly porous glass structures. The technology makes it possible to produce made-to-measure objects that may eventually make life difficult for counterfeiters. Producing glass objects using 3D printing is not easy. Only a few groups of researchers around the world have attempted to produce glass using additive methods.

Psychology - Innovation - 20.11.2019
Fear of math can outweigh promise of higher rewards
Math anxiety is far from uncommon, but too often, those who dread the subject simply avoid it. Research from the University of Chicago offers new evidence for the link between math anxiety and avoidance-as well as possible paths toward breaking that connection. UChicago psychologists found that people who are math-anxious often steer away from more difficult math problems, even when solving them leads to much larger monetary rewards.

Transport - Innovation - 19.11.2019
Super-efficient wing takes off
Super-efficient wing takes off
Aeroelastic wing's first flight at Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen Super-efficient wing takes off In a joint effort by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), researchers have successfully developed new technologies for lighter aircraft wings that are still extremely stable.

Environment - Innovation - 15.11.2019
EPFL creates a solar cooker with solid potential in Switzerland
EPFL creates a solar cooker with solid potential in Switzerland
EPFL scientists have developed a glass-paneled solar cooker that delivers exceptional performance. Their patented design can operate an average of 155 days a year in Switzerland's cloudiest regions and up to 240 days in its sunniest. Solar cookers - or solar-powered ovens - can be used to cook foods at low temperatures (60-120°C) for anywhere from 30 minutes up to four hours.

Innovation - Physics - 13.11.2019
New 3D printing for the direct production of nanostructures
New 3D printing for the direct production of nanostructures
By Christoph Pelzl A team from Graz University of Technology succeeded in using the FEBID method to produce complex 3D-printed nano-components for the first time without additional support structures. Additional at the end of the text In the nanometer range, complex, free-standing 3D architectures are very difficult to produce in a single step due to the required precision.

Innovation - Health - 12.11.2019
Graz universities celebrated their flashes of genius
Graz universities celebrated their flashes of genius
By Christoph Pelzl Med Uni Graz, TU Graz and Uni Graz yesterday honoured those scientists who have pioneered research in the last two years with their inventions and patents. Since 2015, the Medical University of Graz, Graz University of Technology and the University of Graz have been honouring particularly "inventive" researchers in a joint ceremony every two years.

Innovation - 06.11.2019
Imperial startup launches flagship store in the heart of London
DnaNudge, co-founded by Imperial professor Chris Toumazou, has launched a flagship store in London's Covent Garden. DnaNudge offers the world's first DNA-based service for healthier food choices. The new Covent Garden store provides on-the-spot DNA testing, which is then used to 'nudge' users to make healthier food shopping choices.

Economics - Innovation - 30.10.2019
Data science predicts which failures will ultimately lead to success
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job in television. Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school multiple times, and Michael Jordan didn't make his high school's varsity basketball team. Stories like these fuel motivational mantras about learning from failure and coming out stronger on the other side.

Materials Science - Innovation - 30.10.2019
Advanced carbon materials research boosted by new funding
Advanced carbon materials research boosted by new funding
The University of Sydney's research collaboration with Hazer Group has received an additional $811,712 in funding following a new partnership with the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. University of Sydney Chemical Engineer Professor Yuan Chen 's ongoing research into developing and optimising advanced carbon materials (ACM) in partnership with Hazer Group has been bolstered with an additional $811,712 in funding awarded by the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC).

Innovation - Computer Science - 29.10.2019
Touch-based display helps blind people create
Stanford researchers designed a tactile display that aims to make 3D printing and computer-aided design accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired. With the goal of increasing access to making, engineers at Stanford University have collaborated with members of the blind and visually impaired community to develop a touch-based display that mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.

Innovation - 24.10.2019
Future of England Survey reveals public attitudes towards Brexit and the union
Deep divides fuelled by the Brexit debate have been laid bare in new research from Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh. Academics say the latest Future of England Survey, which explores people's attitudes to the constitution across England, Scotland and Wales, will be 'uncomfortable reading' for both those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain in the 2016 EU Referendum.

Innovation - 21.10.2019
New Tool Determines Threats to Networked 3D Printers
In the rising era of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices, factories are being upgraded. Devices, such as networked 3D printers, can now interact with other machines and be controlled remotely to improve efficiency. But connecting these devices to the network makes them more prone to danger. Some cyber-attackers might stop them from working, while others could steal designs or hold them hostage for ransom.

Innovation - 18.10.2019
UAntwerp scientists and imec use wireless technology at festivals
Crowd density estimation provides organisers with valuable information. Festivals and other large-scale events attract many people, but organisers often lack insight into the number of people attending the event and their movements.
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