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European biodiversity: 81% of protected habitat in poor condition

The European Commission has published its latest assessment of European biodiversity and a comprehensive overview of the most vulnerable habitats protected under EU law. Intensive agriculture, urbanisation, and unsustainable forestry activities all contribute to a decline in essential habitats and reduced biodiversity. The European Commission suggests that Member States need...

Scientists develop new photonic sensors to detect SARS-CoV-2

A multidisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Malaga, Spain, is developing a point-of-care system based on photonic sensors to detect SARS-CoV-2. Led by Robert Halir, a researcher at the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering, the team has developed a prototype of the sensing system based on photonic...

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Research & Discovery

Researchers develop new 3D photodetector modelled on a spider’s web

Innovators at Purdue University, USA, have modelled a 3D photodetector on the structure of a spider’s web for biomedical imaging. Purdue researchers used the structural...

New technology to improve the extraction of thorium

A Russian research consortium has improved the technology used in the alkaline extraction of thorium, increasing the sustainability and safety of nuclear power. The consortium...

Research engineers create a sustainable, organic redox flow battery

Researchers at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Linköping University, have created an organic redox flow battery, with a large capacity to store energy from...

High energy physics in China

Professor Yifang Wang spoke to The Innovation Platform about high energy physics in China and the multifaceted work taking place at the Institute of...

Sustainable Planet

New material can remove carbon dioxide from industrial waste

A team of researchers at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, has developed a material that can remove carbon dioxide from industrial waste. In the journal...

Farm to fork to be incorporated into the European sustainable food system

The Council of the European Union has announced a set of conclusions for its farm to fork strategy, stressing the importance of a European...

€5.37m to improve the sustainability of aquaculture in Denmark

The Danish Fisheries Agency has announced the launch of a new grant scheme, worth €5.37m, to improve the sustainability of aquaculture facilities and stimulate...

€7m to improve agriculture and aquaculture in Africa

The Horizon 2020 project, FoodLAND, has been awarded €7m to develop a range of innovations for agriculture and aquaculture in Africa. The project’s main goal...

Digital Innovation

PeasyPay: the European solution for biometric payments by EIT Digital

A new system developed by EIT Digital start-up PeasyPay is allowing people to pay by just showing their faces and taking a picture of...

EIT Digital: Celebrating ten years of building a strong digital Europe

Ahead of EIT Digital’s ten-year anniversary, Innovation News Network’s international editor, Clifford Holt, speaks with the organisation’s CEO, Willem Jonker, about how they are...

New bolometer to further the application for quantum computers

A team of researchers has created a new bolometer for measuring energy quanta at an unprecedented resolution, potentially bringing quantum computing out of the...

What is edge computing?

Ketan Bhardwaj, a principle investigator of the Couper project, developer of AppSlicer, and research scientist in the School of Computer Science at the Georgia...

Space

Astrophysicists mitigate gravitational lensing using self-calibration methods

Scientists from the University of Texas at Dallas, USA, have demonstrated the first use of self-calibration to remove contamination from gravitational lensing signals, paving...

NASA’s new Moon missions will involve drilling for water below the surface

NASA has awarded $47m to Intuitive Machines of Houston, USA, for the development of a drill and a mass spectrometer, which will be delivered...

New project to apply sustainable space technologies on Earth

International Space Station National Laboratory has collaborated with the World Design Organisation and experts from the University of Greenwich, UK, to apply sustainable space...

Astrophysicists observe the spaghettification of a star

Astrophysicists at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have observed the death of a star as it was sucked into a supermassive black hole in...

Health Innovation

Researchers generate new tissues using a magnetic field and hydrogels

A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, have used a magnetic field and hydrogels to generate new tissues. These findings, published in...

European Commission announces its COVID-19 vaccine strategy

The European Commission has presented the key elements of the EU’s COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which aims to distribute vaccines safely and efficiently across member...

Oscillating agitation to increase yield in insulin production

Pharmaceutical producers can count on the innovative FUNDAMIX® Vibromixer to maximise yield in insulin production. Insulin crystals are polymorphic, ranging in size from 50-100 microns....

Exploring robotics and AI in a clinical setting with the ODIN project

A research team from the University of Warwick has been awarded €13m for the ODIN project, which will explore the use of robotics and...

Special Reports

Creating innovative materials with AI and fundamental physics

Dr Mazhar Ali of the Ali Group at the Max Planck Institute discusses the role of AI and fundamental physics in the creation of...

iCUPE Datasets for Polar Regions

The Horizon 2020 iCUPE project aims to improve our understanding of pollution sources, environmental changes, and their impact on polar regions. The coordination of the...

Drone usage in flood science and beyond

Drone usage has increased greatly in many sectors over the last ten years. Dr Guy Schumann, CEO of RSS-Hydro, analyses the adoption of drone...

Sustainable agriculture: Nutrient removal from agricultural runoff

The NuReDrain project discuss their work developing innovative technologies for removing the nutrients from agricultural runoff. The North Sea region is recognised as an intensive...

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