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Environment - Innovation / Technology - 25.06.2019
Engineering heat out of metro tunnels
Engineering heat out of metro tunnels
Researchers at EPFL have precisely quantified convection heat transfer in rail tunnels. Using the new model, they estimated how much energy Lausanne could save by fitting the future M3 metro line with a geothermal heat-recovery system, in what would be a world first. Heat transfer happens in various ways in rail tunnels.

Innovation / Technology - 17.06.2019
Going wireless in Greenland
Going wireless in Greenland
Glaciers are beginning to move faster than they have ever done before. Our warming world is melting the ice on top of glaciers, causing meltwater to trickle down through cracks and holes and act as a lubricant over which the glacier can roll - much like shopping items on a conveyer belt. When a glacier slides downstream and eventually meets the ocean, it melts and causes sea levels to rise with potentially devastating effects for coastal communities around the world.

Environment - Innovation / Technology - 13.06.2019
Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air
Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain under real field conditions. The new solar mini-refinery is located on the roof of ETH's Machine Laboratory building in Zurich.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 11.06.2019
Hera asteroid mission's brain to be radiation-hard and failure-proof
Hera asteroid mission’s brain to be radiation-hard and failure-proof
At the heart of ESA's Hera mission to the double Didymos asteroids will be an onboard computer intended to be failure-proof. Designed to operate up to 490 million km away from Earth and withstanding four years of harsh radiation exposure, Hera's computer must run smoothly without locking up or crashing - on pain of mission failure, while pushing the limits of onboard autonomy.

Innovation / Technology - 07.06.2019
Researchers Push Technology To Lessen Lost Luggage Woes
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are searching for new ways to improve the tracking technology so airline passengers won't have to look for bags at the lost and found counter. Most airports use a radio-frequency identification (RFID) system to track the movement of your baggage throughout the airport.

Innovation / Technology - Astronomy / Space Science - 07.06.2019
Unveiling technologies for future launch vehicles
Unveiling technologies for future launch vehicles
ESA safeguards Europe's guaranteed access to space through its Future Launchers Preparatory Programme, FLPP. FLPP weighs up the opportunities and risks of different launch vehicle concepts and associated technologies. Its demonstrators and studies hone emerging technologies to give Europe's rocket builders a valuable head-start as they begin the demanding work of turning the chosen design into reality.

Health - Innovation / Technology - 07.06.2019
Smartphone app to diagnose respiratory diseases
Smartphone app to diagnose respiratory diseases
Technology developed by University of Queensland researchers that analyses a person's cough could help diagnose respiratory disorders quickly and easily in patients who lack access to doctors. UQ biomedical engineer Associate Professor Udantha Abeyratne and his team have developed the diagnostic technology that uses smartphones to instantly identify common respiratory disorders like asthma, croup, pneumonia, lower respiratory tract disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and bronchiolitis.

Environment - Innovation / Technology - 06.06.2019
Four Scientific Institutions will Monitor Switzerland from Space
Four Scientific Institutions will Monitor Switzerland from Space
The Swiss Data Cube (SDC) is an innovative technology that gathers all available satellite images from the American Landsat program and the European Sentinel 1 and 2. UNEP/GRID-Geneva, the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) have entered a new cooperation agreement to foster the use of Earth Observation data for environmental monitoring at national scale.

Environment - Innovation / Technology - 05.06.2019
Food freshness sensors could replace 'use-by' dates to cut food waste
Food freshness sensors could replace ’use-by’ dates to cut food waste
Imperial academics have developed low-cost, smartphone-linked, eco-friendly spoilage sensors for meat and fish packaging. These sensors are cheap enough that we hope supermarkets could use them within three years. Dr Firat Güder Department of Bioengineering The researchers say the new sensors could help detect spoilage and reduce food waste for supermarkets and consumers.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 31.05.2019
Mars on Earth - what next?
Mars on Earth - what next?
31 May 2019 A Mars Sample Return campaign would bring samples of the Red Planet back to Earth for examination in the best terrestrial laboratories - but choosing the samples and storing them on Mars for later return is only one part of the extensive campaign being planned by the mission designers and scientists.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 29.05.2019
Living Healthier with Digital Technologies
05/29/2019 Through the research network ForDigitHealth, five Bavarian universities are jointly researching the stress that digitisation causes in humans. The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts is funding this initiative with 3.35 million euros. With its permanent accessibility, increasing flood of information and constantly changing technologies that humans have to familiarise themselves with, digitisation is fundamentally changing society and individual lives.

Innovation / Technology - 29.05.2019
'Floating forest' could protect vulnerable shorelines
’Floating forest’ could protect vulnerable shorelines
A team of civil engineers has invented and patented a “floating forest” they say is capable of reducing wind and wave damage during a natural disaster. University of Queensland researcher Professor Chien Ming Wang said the invention could prevent beach erosion and protect coastal infrastructure and floating assets such as boats.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 24.05.2019
Labororatory for Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Berlin
On June 4, 2019, the Dahlem Center for Machine Learning and Robotics (DCMLR) at Freie Universität Berlin will open its doors to journalists who wish to learn more about cutting-edge German research on artificial intelligence and robotics. For thirty years now, new technologies such as robotic fish or quadrocopters have been developed at Freie Universität, and research has been conducted on machine learning, which enables autonomous driving.

Innovation / Technology - Pharmacology - 22.05.2019
MaaT Pharma expands patent portfolio with three granted patents covering its microbiome restoration biotherapeutic platform
MaaT Pharma expands patent portfolio with three granted patents covering its microbiome restoration biotherapeutic platform
First patents to cover the fundamental processes for accessing the human gut microbiome as biotherapeutics. MaaT Pharma's microbiome sample collection and administration devices receive CE mark for use in collecting and administrating gut-derived samples as biotherapeutics to patients.

Innovation / Technology - Environment - 20.05.2019
Expert judgement provides better understanding of the effect of melting ice sheets
Expert judgement provides better understanding of the effect of melting ice sheets
Melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic, and subsequent sea level rise (SLR) this will cause, is widely recognised as posing a significant threat to coastal communities and ecosystems. Strategies and measures to mitigate and plan for the potential impacts are reliant on scientific projections of future SLR - conventionally provided using numerical modelling.

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.
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