Editors’ Picks

Solar One – a concept for interstellar travel

J. Gouw outlines the idea for Solar One – a concept for manned interstellar travel proposed by astronomer Alberto Caballero. In 2015, the Planetary Society, a non-profit organisation that promotes science, launched a small satellite with a solar sail called ‘LightSail’, which successfully completed the test flight. In 2019, the...

Developing a method of COVID-19 contact tracing using physical tokens

EIT Digital invites researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry players and policymakers to join efforts to develop a system for anonymous COVID-19 contact tracing using physical tokens. The need for fast, early stage information about the spreading of infectious diseases makes contact tracing an important and recognised part of any strategy to...

Publication

The Innovation Platform Issue 01


Research & Discovery

EU project plans to develop sustainable magnesium-based batteries

An EU funded project is set to revolutionise the battery industry with their new rechargeable, safe, and sustainable magnesium-based batteries. The European Magnesium Interactive Battery...

West Midlands roads to be used to test new autonomous vehicles

Warwick University has announced that 300 kilometres of West Midland’s roads are to be used as part of a trial to test a new...

Harvesting mammalian cells with only one filter per batch

Dr Mueller (DrM), Switzerland, manufactures innovative filters that can tackle large batch sizes and cell concentrations in the production of biologics. As the biologics industry...

Scientists use optical fibres to conduct seismic monitoring of glaciers

The Swiss National Science Foundation have developed a new method of conducting the seismic monitoring of glaciers using optical fibres. Glaciers are constantly moving, and...

Sustainable Planet

Scientists develop a method of using shadows to generate electricity

Researchers have developed a way of using shadows to generate electricity, offering a potentially sustainable alternative to fossil fuel powered electricity. This novel concept developed...

Are we underestimating the volume of microplastics in the ocean?

A recent study, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, suggests researchers have grossly underestimated the volume of microplastics in the ocean. A new paper, published in...

Global carbon emissions continue to drop due to COVID-19 lockdowns

Depending on the duration of global lockdowns, researchers have suggested that daily carbon emissions will decrease by 17%. A new study, published in Nature Climate...

New compostable bioplastic to extend the shelf life of food

An EU-funded project has created bioplastics from essential oils, cheese whey and almond shells. Once made into packaging, this polymer can extend the shelf...

Digital Innovation

New deep-learning technology to classify all galaxies and stars

Astronomers have developed a deep-learning computer programme to help researchers analyse astronomical image data pixel by pixel to identify all galaxies and stars. A research...

Supercomputer identifies hepatitis drug for COVID-19 treatment

Using the MOGON II supercomputer, researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have identified potential drugs to be used to treat COVID-19. Whilst searching for a...

Solving the storage conundrum to accelerate innovation in life sciences

The Innovation Platform speaks to Dale Brantly, Director of Worldwide Storage Systems Engineering at Panasas, about accelerating innovation in life sciences. An inability to process...

Using AI to increase the efficiency of dental implant operations

A team of researchers have successfully developed a new model for locating mandibular canals, reducing the likelihood of nerve damage in dental implant operations. Researchers...

Space

New model to determine the structure and composition of neutron stars

A team of researchers at the University of Birmingham have created a new model for understanding the structure and composition of neutron stars. The newly...

Public to help study the gravitational waves caused by black hole collision

The public are invited to help the scientific community understand gravitational waves produced by black holes collision. "As our gravitational wave detectors become more sensitive,...

Astronomers detect a pulsating rhythm among distant young stars

An international team of astronomers have detected a pulsating rhythm among distant young stars which will help scientists understand more about the Sun and...

The importance of co-operation between EU Member-States

The Innovation Platform speaks to Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, about his time at EDA, the importance of co-operation between EU Member-States. After...

Health Innovation

New technology can simultaneously run thousands of tests for COVID-19

Scientists have successfully scaled up CRISPR-based molecular diagnostics. Their innovative new technology uses microfluidics chips that can simultaneously run thousands of tests for COVID-19. One...

Why we need marketing restrictions on unhealthy food for children

Kate Oldridge-Turner, Head of Policy & Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund, outlines why we need marketing restrictions on unhealthy food for children. There...

ECCO on achieving the best possible quality of cancer care

The Innovation Platform speaks to European Cancer Organisation Chief Executive Mike Morrissey about how the upsurge of innovations in the field of cancer care. Reaching...

Assessing decades of research to further integrate precision medicine

Evolutionary biologists from McMaster University have reviewed decades of research in the hopes of understanding why precision medicine has not been fully integrated into...

Research & Discovery

Battery calorimetry: an innovative approach for ageing studies

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology discuss their method of promoting battery safety, which holds the potential to revolutionise the transport industry. Battery calorimeters are essential...

Genitourinary cancer treatment made personal

Non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer has a 60-70% chance of reoccurring in patients – it’s time to talk about it. Understanding and overcoming cancer progression and therapy...

Observing the atmosphere during the pandemic

The effects of the pandemic on the atmosphere may be non-intuitive, but how do atmospheric scientists organise their work under various restrictions? The pandemic influences...

Biofabricating the human circulatory system

Dr Matteo Moretti, Director of the EOC, discusses the current advances in the development of next generation engineered tissues. The regeneration of biological tissues and...

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