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Nylons made from shrimps
Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions.
Video: Restoring historic buildings and saving energy
A brand new window with thin-layer glazing combines energy efficiency with the aesthetics of a baroque window.
Scientists are preparing for change from fossil-fuel to bio-based economy
Increasingly, many of the plastic products we use every day are no longer based on petroleum raw material. Instead, they are made from biomass such as starch, sugar, corn and other sources that also happen to be food products. ...
Global simulation models with varied sources of emission and behaviour of air pollutants
Greenhouse gases and aerosols have an undisputed impact on climate. Long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane have a well-understood warming effect. Aerosols, tiny particles of human or natural ...
BIM: Changing the way architects and builders work
The construction of a building does not only start with its design by architects and engineers. It also depends on determining a broad array of factors, including the price of materials, labour, the writing of specifications ...
FIRESENSE: New system could be best protection for cultural heritage monuments against fire, other hazards
The village of Olympos, located near the ancient city of Rhodiapolis, in the Antalya region of Turkey, escaped a wild fire, on 2 September 2012. This happened thanks to a network of cameras coupled to an intelligent video-based ...
Good risk communication, safer food
Food scare make authorities uneasy. In previous cases, national food safety agencies have not always known how to react, making the public wary. For example, in 2011, the German health authorities incorrectly linked the ...
Bacteria to spot pollution
Scientists are recruiting bacteria to spot pollutants spilling into our rivers and lakes.
By using big brother style tracking technology, scientists have now resolved some of the mysteries of eel migration
Nobody knows the underlying biological mechanisms of the European eels migration. Thanks to an EU-funded research project called eeliad, now about toreach completion, biologists have revealed some of its secrets, including ...
Champions of waste reduction
14 years ago, the region of Lahti in Finland has implemented a model of integrated waste management. As a result the people of Lahti were able to increase their rate of recycling to more than 90%.