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An ambitious research project appears to have set out to prove the old adage that 'you are what you eat' by improving the health of animals. Scientists in Belgium are testing on piglets with an experimental feed made up from olive oil waste and a mixture of soya and cereals. It's not just a culinary caprice; they want to see if this menu boosts the animals health and productivity.
Published: 18 July 2016
Here is a fishy tale for foodies and scientists: 'Smoked salmon is a speciality dish. Still it's hard to believe that certain desirable products can be made from leftovers with the help of a special bacteria!'.
Published: 23 June 2016
From the Sun, the Moon and flames, to ultra-modern semiconductors, human history is inherently bound to light. In this special edition of Futuris, we meet scientists and engineers who are making our futures brighter.
Published: 3 June 2016
Some 50 years after its first appearance, the hovercraft has a role as a versatile and adaptable vehicle, particularly in emergency situations. Riding on a cushion of air and driven by a propeller, it moves on water and on land, getting to places where boats or cars cannot.
Published: 24 May 2016
With water shortages a growing problem around the world recycling waste water has become increasingly important. European researchers have come up with a cheap and efficient tool to control the safety standards of waste water in a development that should boost the recycling effort.
Published: 20 May 2016
Whey from cheese production and other agricultural waste can be a valuable raw material for new biodegradable plastic. A European research project is working on using these by-products in laminated cardboard for food packaging.
Published: 3 May 2016
Looking for a novel way to visualise the ocean? Think fish. Arrays of sensitive cells on their skin - so-called lateral lines - enable them to perceive water movements by detecting subtle changes in pressure. The LAKHSMI project is developing new monitoring and imaging technology based on this principle.
Published: 25 April 2016
Most of the food we buy is packed in plastic, metal or other fabricated materials. That makes it easy to store and transport, but how can we be sure food packaging isn't harmful to our health? Substances in plastic containers make them flexible. The information on cardboard boxes is printed in typographic paint. Should we be concerned that these chemicals are in contact with what we eat?
Published: 22 April 2016
The INNPROBIO project aims to help Europe's bio-based products sector capitalise on recently adopted European public procurement rules. These new rules are designed to encourage public entities to purchase products and services that meet advanced ecological and social aims.
Published: 11 April 2016
Managing food waste is both a challenge and an opportunity for developing countries. Every month, the St. Baasa factory in west Ghana transforms around 400 tons of cassava into by-products. Previously, the resulting waste, around 120 tons of peel and stalks, was lost. Now the factory is testing a way to create value out of this loss."
Published: 31 March 2016