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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
The FAROS project proposes updated ship designs that address issues such as crew fatigue, sea sickness and stress, which can be major causes of marine accidents, potentially resulting in pollution, injuries and even death.
Published: 15 April 2016
A cleaner, more efficient ferry is on the horizon. A prototype mid-range 100 % electric vessel developed by an EU-funded project is set to cut transport pollution and operational costs. The ferry will be powered by wind-sourced electricity and will carry the largest battery pack ever installed. Tests are due to begin in summer 2017.
Published: 14 April 2016
The polar regions are often seen as a barometer for the health of the global environment, and understanding how changes in this area affect Europe and the world had become essential. An alliance of 22 research institutes has therefore set out to enhance the integration of European capabilities for polar research and maximise the benefits to society.
Published: 29 March 2016
At a warehouse in Bilbao, in northern Spain, a strange robotic ballet is underway. These automated forklifts weigh eight tonnes each. They transport heavy loads of soda. And they are completely unmanned.
Published: 7 March 2016
An EU-funded project is testing intelligent, energy-efficient and passenger-friendly bus service innovations designed to bring benefits to both commuters and public authorities across 12 cities in Europe. The most effective solutions are expected to create new market opportunities for cutting-edge technology in public transport.
Published: 4 March 2016
Every year all over Europe ambulances come to the aid of millions of people. A study suggests almost half of the cases could be treated on the spot and not need hospital care. On that basis a European research project aims to create a Smart Ambulance that can respond quickly and comprehensively to emergencies.
Published: 25 February 2016
When oil-seed plants and fish are processed, how can we use the parts not traditionally used in food? How about food ingredients, skincare and pesticides? EU-funded researchers have demonstrated sustainable ways to get the most out of produce. Companies are already building factories and machines to put the results to good use.
Published: 11 February 2016
Marine fungi such as those growing on algae and corals generate powerful substances that could be used to target tumours. An EU-funded project has identified three particularly promising compounds and developed ways to produce them on an industrial scale - without damage to the fungi's natural habitat.
Published: 5 February 2016
What is more important - safety or freedom? An EU-funded project is helping security forces get the balance right, with research on how to develop ethical counter-terrorism measures that respect citizens' rights.
Published: 27 January 2016