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The artificial finger
To touch something is to understand it emotionally and cognitive. It's one of our important six senses, which we use and need in our daily lives. But accidents or illnesses can disrupt us from our sense of touch.
Is desertification on the increase?
Fighting desertification will require a better understanding of its drivers of this process, with a little help from a new tool to study how dry regions evolve
Recipe for food sovereignty
The actors of the food supply chain need to adapt their practice to ensure both safe and sustainable production while retaining their say on food sovereignty
Screening eco-innovation level
Reducing the use of natural resources and lowering the amount of harmful substances across the life-cycle of a product or process has become a must for innovation. But smaller companies have yet to make it happen.
Crowd safety via sensing app
A smart phone app points people the way, assists event organisers in preventing emergency cases and turns its creators into technology entrepreneurs.
Bitumen roofing can be recycled… but isn't
Bitumen, the sticky, gooey black stuff you sometimes see oozing out of hot road surfaces, is a valuable binding agent. Not only in road building. But also in construction and in the production of roofing materials. What ...
Troubled Danube's waters, not up to standards yet
The water quality of the Danube river has improved since measures to reduce pollution have been implemented in1995, but there are areas where the toxic waste loads are still high.
Bioalchemy: turning sludge into clear water
Biological treatment plus ozone can reduce the amount of sludge coming from wastewater treatment plants by a factor of ten
Combining irrigation and fertilisation in open-fields agriculture
The term fertigation is used in agriculture to refer to the combination of irrigation and fertilisation, in one step. Now, an EU-funded project, called OPTIFERT, aims at developing an automatic system that enables farmers ...
Sorting plastic waste: A magnetic game
More than one third of the total plastic production in Europe—about 14 million tonnes per year—are polyolefins, also known as polyalkenes. This is a family of polymers used for the manufacture of a variety of products, ...