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A robot that grows like plant roots

Scientists in Italy are working on creating robots that mimic the properties of plant roots, including the capacity for growth. They believe the potential future applications are not just the stuff of science-fiction.

Robots of the deep

We must learn to both sustainably exploit and protect our vast oceans, provider of oxygen, food, hydrocarbons and other resources. A solution lies in sensing and interacting through an Internet of Things, with distributed networks of intelligent sensors and actuators. Unfortunately, we currently lack a marine Internet, crucial to achieve distributed, coordinated and adaptive control, due to the rapid absorption of light and radio waves in seawater.

A second chance for injured brains

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain – it is a major health problem and the most common cause of permanent disability in people under the age of 40 years. Recent statistics show a steep increase in the incidence of TBIs, with an increase of 21 % over the last five years. Despite this TBI has been seriously underrepresented in medical R&D efforts compared to many other, less significant health problems.

Talking Plants

In a near future, we could see cyber plants that tell us when they are thirsty, if/what chemical compounds are poisoning them and what parasites are weakening their roots. They will eventually even tell us how much pollution there is out there in the air. And they could upload all this data online. Welcome to the first glimpses of the Internet of Plants. This is at least what Andrea Vitaletti thinks. He is the coordinator of Pleased project. He and other researchers at the project think that plants could serve as ideal sensors because they are cheap and resilient; and they grow almost everywhere, in almost all types of landscapes. So plants could potentially monitor many different things simultaneously and many different places.

Good vibrations

Vibration is a key enemy of European Industrial competitiveness in key sectors as industrial automation, wireless communication, safety systems and quality control systems. Constant shaking hampers accuracy and slows manufacturing in harsh industrial environments. To address that problem, researchers at Wibrate project are currently developing new wirelessly monitoring and controlling vibration systems throughout intelligent embedded devices.

Behind the mask of biometric security

How reliable is biometric security? Computers recognize us by our faces, voices and fingerprints, but can we trick them by pretending to be someone else? This edition of Futuris looks at just how easily this can be done.

Work out to catch up

Preterm infants have a higher risk for neurological damage. They are given rehabilitation sessions a few times a week but basic neuroscience indicates that it would be necessary to provide them with an early, intensive and multiaxial intervention. Researchers at the CareToy project want to achieve that in an easy, affordable and efficient way. They have developed a baby gym where preterm babies can be stimulated to rehabilitation techniques at home and with the mere presence of their parents.

A smart move to energy efficient airports

Airports consume as much energy as small cities. That energy has to be generated on site, which rises the operational costs and contributes to CO2 emissions. The CASCADE project will help to reduce their energy needs by developing an energy management system, based on advanced fault detection and diagnosis tools. The kilometers of ventilation pipes running under the floor at the Rome airport have been equipped with sensors and software that detect faults as they appear, making energy spending more efficient.

Video: An exoskeleton to help paralysed people walk again

<p> Euronews published a video "Exoskeletons on the march" about the EU-funded project Mindwalker: Nineteen-year-old Marius Ciustea suffers from paraplegia after a recent skiing accident. He is now paralysed from the waist down. In recent times he has found some cause for optimism. It is in the form of a new exoskeleton, which helps him to get upright and hopefully walk.</p>

Exoskeletons on the march

<p> Nineteen-year-old Marius Ciustea suffers from paraplegia after a recent skiing accident. He is now paralysed from the waist down.</p> In recent times he has found some cause for optimism. It is in the form of a new exoskeleton, which helps him to get upright and hopefully walk.

Video: Visions from the heart

When the Cerqueglini family come 170 kilometres to Rome, they are not in the Italian capital just to see the sights. Their son Giordano has a disease called Bicuspid Aortic Valve which causes his ascending aorta to swell and expand.

Eye in the sky

Flying machines are becoming smarter and more affordable: they are able to navigate in 3D and handle easy tasks by themselves. Will these drones rise to the challenge and help save lives among factory workers? In this edition of Futuris, we take a look at the quadrocopter – a device that travels in the air propelled by four rotors.

Video: Crohn’s disease, the inside story

Around 700,000 Europeans are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease each year.<br /> Specialists at University College hospital in central London, are exploring new ways to detect the disease and help patients cope with its symptoms.

Echoes from the deep

<p> In western Norway, scientists are testing autonomous devices that can detect and understand what is happening underwater.</p>

Deep inside the brain

<p> The brain controls our thinking, feelings and movements and a new exhibition in southern France aims to reveal some of its secrets.</p>

Do the locomotion

<p> Could machines learn to walk? Legs have their advantages, especially on uneven terrain, but scientists have struggled for years to find a way to create in robots something we take for granted.</p>

Burn Fat not Energy

<p> There are around 1.5 million sporting facilities in Europe helping people have fun, stay healthy, and have fun.</p>