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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
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
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
Transportation costs affect the price of any goods we buy, so reducing them could help our pockets. Road transportation is becoming more efficient with constant innovations, but what about the railroads?
Published: 19 April 2016
At a research facility near Montpellier in southern France, a mock-up of a heavy aeroplane wing is carefully manoeuvred across a test centre by automated machinery. The operation is part of unique research that could ultimately play a part in keeping jobs in heavy industry in Europe.
Published: 12 April 2016
Producing chemicals and plastics indeed requires a lot of fresh water to cool down industrial processes, and this water is not always handy. Take a look on how new technologies can help recycle the water used in chemical plants to make these more environmentally friendly.
Published: 14 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
How can we help elderly people find their way around places which are new and completely unknown to them? At the Science Museum in Trento, northern Italy, Vittoria Basso, 91 years old, is involved in an unusual scientific experience. She is testing a robotic walker.
Published: 29 February 2016
EU-funded researchers are developing an underwater robot with exceptional dexterity that can be controlled remotely from the shore. For the oil and gas industry this could mean reducing the amount of hazardous underwater repair work that is usually carried out by divers, while also cutting operational costs.
Published: 18 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