The European Central Bank is offering a payment system to compete with digital services and credit card companies. European start-ups could benefit from it.
For centuries, cities have been laboratories for new progressive ideas. Facing climate change, they can act like pioneers for a sustainable lifestyle.
Fog catchers have been providing water to people in dry, mountainous regions for decades. Due to climate change, more regions get drier, pushing the need for this technology.
Since the 1960s, Moore’s law has guided the production of processors and transistors. However, the continuous shrink of silicon chips approaches physical limits.
New solar technologies promise a more sustainable way for water-starved communities to squeeze drinkable water out of the salty seas.
Artisense develops a 3D-vision technology for autonomous cars and robots to navigate effectively.
The way we’ve historically generated energy from water is not good for the environment. Here’s how that’s changing.
Recycling and refurbishment are still rare in Europe’s economies. Platforms like Refurbed offer a first contact to a more sustainable approach.
In the face of large-scale industrial water pollution, technologists are demonstrating the surprising value of wastewater.
Global lists are a key source of information for students choosing a university. But how relevant are they to the learning experience?
They’re cheap, quick and convenient – but will the business model for e-scooter sharing hold up?
Searching for smart and sustainable solutions, they show how to curb energy use, reduce carbon emissions and create more livable spaces.
A Danish start-up has created products that can replace chemical pesticides.
As politicians stall when it comes to dealing with climate change on a national level, local data-based projects are trying to reduce carbon emissions on their own doorsteps
Ynsect is the leading manufacturer of insect-based protein. The start-up is launching its fourth funding round to build a new factory.
Violent rainstorms are already more frequent, and they will only get worse. Europe’s metropolises are working on ways to protect themselves.
To convince investors and customers, start-ups need to build a good prototype. How best to tackle this important step?
Society is balking at the impact of our collective plastic footprint. But some alternatives are occurring.
The European Commission wants to build a strong battery industry that can compete with Asia, but has it entered the game too late?
The gene-editing tool CRISPR could help farmers overcome the challenges of malnutrition. But European legislation has closed the door to that technology.
How to expand an R&D company into production? The CEO of a photonics start-up explains.
Technology is helping farmers feed the world. It can also make agriculture more environmentally friendly – for conventional and organic farmers alike.
Krakow, Vilnius and Moscow have become centres for dynamic starts. What do they offer?
Consumers want to know where their food comes from, but most of the time they still don’t know – a major problem in the event of contamination. Various solutions could make supply chains more transparent.
The Swiss startup OrphAnalytics uses genomics to detect academic fraud and authenticate documents.
From fintech to health to the environment, clever inventions are improving the lives of millions of people.
When Galileo is fully functional in 2020, it will provide the most precise navigation ever, even at the North and South Poles.
Lagos recently hosted the African Fintech Summit for the first time. The Nigerian city has all the attributes needed to become a hotbed for African fintech.
French start-up Hopaal has found a way to recycle textiles and even plastic bottles to manufacture environmentally friendly clothing.
Kenya is brimming with innovation, hoping to establish a truly circular economy.
Online courses can broaden access to higher education. But to help African students get jobs they should be integrated with local universities.
Start-ups are moving into educational technology. Some offer university courses while others advance company training by designing video games.
Forget the hype, quantum computing is still in its experimental infancy. Researchers must overcome five big challenges before real-world applications can emerge.
The Fairphone is a smartphone built with “ethical” components. Now it hopes to compete with the iPhone.
Automation has already eliminated numerous tasks, and now artificial intelligence will add to the carnage. Humans may have to reconsider their obsession with labour.
Munich-based start-up Celonis helps companies refine their everyday processes.
Increasingly, organisations are using entertaining ways to train and motivate their employees.
In the beginning, technology eliminated many clerical tasks. Now the danger is extending to positions that require a high level of skill.
Labour-saving advances usually increase both jobs and wages, but the unequal path of change can cause major friction.
European universities and start-ups are developing translation tools that have become popular the world over.
Michael Linden-Vørnle hopes to turn Denmark into a leader.
How do you keep the skies from becoming a giant, noisy, dangerous cloud of drones? Manufacturers and regulators are working on the answers.
How can European countries become leaders of innovation? Two experts discuss the continent’s weaknesses and possibilities.
Everyone from Airbus to Uber is interested. They could be part of the urban landscape in the next decade.
China may have a corner on the recreational market, and the US on military uses, but Europe is poised to find its own niche.
Hundreds of millions of years of evolution have given insects the ability to fly efficiently and robustly. Roboticists are taking note.
Anticipating a decline in car ownership, start-ups like Bestmile and Amber plan to power seamless on-demand services.
Flexible railway systems can offer cheaper and faster transport in greater quantities. Their potential is most promising in freight handling.
Even as concepts like Hyperloop emerge, European leadership is not in danger.
These modern-day alchemists spin masses of raw data into gold. Here are four reasons to become one.
Elon Musk’s dream of a train that can travel at 1,200 km/h faces serious unresolved engineering challenges.
Recent tests have shown the viability of the futuristic train. But does this mean we will have a new mode of transportation any time soon?
Childbirth may be the most important event in a mother’s life, but it can also be the most traumatic. Technology can help.
With robo-advisors and improved regulation, machine learning could make financial systems friendlier and more rewarding.
By providing regulators with better tools, Mathieu Rosenbaum hopes to create healthier markets.
The procedure has advantages as well as downsides. Science can help mothers decide what is best for them.
Genetic engineering is developing on human embryos, raising both hopes and ethical concerns.
As environmental pressure increases, industry is responding with innovative products made from organic sources and more responsible use of plastics derived from petroleum.
Women who want to delay their pregnancies can now freeze their eggs effectively and safely. But success is not guaranteed.
Births are falling across the continent – although not in France. Why do women working in tech have fewer kids? And why are there more premature births?
Physician, businessman and writer, France’s Laurent Alexandre brings a range of perspectives to the challenges posed by such new technologies as artificial intelligence.
Swiss start-up Ava’s wristband collects data on fertility. The goal: to help couples have a baby.
Lagging behind Germany, France has produced only three start-ups valued at more than $1 billion. But it is starting to catch up.
Pere Roca is making solar-panel manufacturing cheap and efficient
France’s Qwant was built to have two competitive advantages: respecting privacy and being a credible alternative to its American rivals.
Will the US and China dominate the development of AI? President Macron has ideas that can keep Europe in the game.
Europe’s new regulations protect user data. But they may also block information-sharing that affects health and safety.
The days when Barbie thinks only about what to wear are over. Smart-Gurlz has designed a doll to teach young girls about computer programming.
Formerly home to industry giant Nokia, the country is now a leading player in mobile phone game apps. Here’s a look at what it will take to keep winning.
Germany’s auto industry is embracing the hottest technologies. The capital of Bavaria is driving the shift.
From an environmental standpoint, marine exploitation has been a catastrophe. Innovation is showing the way towards sustainable oceans.
Digital technologies can save time and money in construction, but the complexity of the processes will make automation difficult.
Temperatures in cities need to fall – and fast. But how?
Astronomers add a piece to the puzzle of why radio telescopes keep picking up fast bursts from the universe.
As Chinese research increasingly dominates science, Danish universities have set up a centre in Beijing to foster exchanges.
Buildings accounts for a huge proportion of the world’s energy consumption. Zoom on some innovative solutions to cut the waste.
The foundations of this new technology were laid more than 150 years ago.
From LCD televisions to the latest force-sensitive touchscreen technology, electronics and photonics are pushing the envelope ever outward.
Photonics may hold the answer to coping with huge volume. But a big challenge remains: converting electronic data into light on silicon chips.
It’s the world’s most ubiquitous construction material – but it comes with a hefty environmental cost.
Move over, electrons. Ton Backx and his team are putting photons front and center as they lay the groundwork for the coming era of photonics.
Edwin Hermkens is cofounder of MedApp, a Dutch start-up created in 2015 to help patients remember to take their medication. He explains how they do it.
WeTransfer is a Dutch start-up expanding into the US and into mobiles, while remaining faithful to its user base: the creative scene. The new CEO explains his strategy.
An expert discusses the challenges of creating a major district entirely with floating houses.
Faced with growing challenges, Europe can rely on its scientists to ensure its future competitiveness.
Dubbed the Bill Gates of the Alps, Austrian entrepreneur Daniel Mattes recently launched his third start-up.
A new technophile President and the inauguration of the giant Station F incubator are providing France with the visibility it needs.
The capital of Catalonia is a technology hub with a vibrant start-up environment. A celebrated football team’s innovation hub was the catalyst.
Danish scientists express doubts about the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves. A Portuguese physicist explains the controversy.
Europe is often at the forefront in the fields of digital safety, antivirus protection and encryption. Here are three examples.
A quarter of European research money goes to companies. As the EU drafts the next iteration of its Horizon 2020 programme, experts discuss the pros and cons.
An expert in technological change discusses the EU’s research programme and identifies the next challenges for innovation in Europe.
A Danish start-up makes artificial intelligence available to emergency-care services.
The country is getting a lot of attention for its strict privacy laws. But is it the only option for a data-safe harbor in Europe?
Say goodbye to copper wires. Silicon photonics promises greater energy efficiency, lightning-speed processing and innovative health devices.
As familiar encryption systems reach their limits, the strange world of particle physics offers new solutions.
To spread viruses and malware, hackers take advantage of loopholes in IT system. Vulnerability fixes exist, but users download them all too rarely.
Eight success stories show how European scientists are shaping tomorrow’s world.
While the scientific method strives for objectivity, experimental results are still prone to unconscious bias and error.
Recent months have seen a major increase in cybercrime. But that’s not the only threat to our private information.
The decapitation of the robot named hitchBOT has offered greater insight into social robotics.
After testing its business model, a start-up has to begin producing regular income. This is a tricky step, and few are successful.
With its 2,000 new high-tech companies, Israel has become the Silicon Valley of the Middle East.
Radiation-eating bacteria could make underground storage of nuclear waste safer.
Building on skills honed over the centuries, western Switzerland has become a world leader in biotech.
Contrary to popular belief, sustainable solutions can be good for business. A look at some of Europe’s most innovative efforts.
Drawing on their knowledge of algorithms, design and materials, engineers can help improve healthcare in many arenas.
A universal basic income would mitigate the negative effects of automation. But it might be more effective if combined with apprenticeships.
The playing field is not level, say the advocates of plurilingualism.
Asia’s acquisition of two of the continent’s crown jewels came as a wake-up call. To stay competitive, Europe must innovate.
Europe’s aerospace hub is a thriving, synergistic blend of industry giants, start-ups and research centres.
Make no mistake, the intelligent machines of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will lay waste to human employment – unless governments act.
Machines are getting much better at learning from humans and interacting with them. The next challenge: getting robots to talk to each other.
Should doctors have access to huge datasets? The potential to improve healthcare is obvious, but privacy remains equally important.
Determined to understand what internet users are thinking, Christian Henschel now manages one of Europe’s leading platforms in mobile intelligence.
Dutch start-up Bitsensor tries to help applications protect themselves better from cyberattacks.
Collaborative robots are boosting productivity, but they will also require us to rethink how we approach our jobs.
New initiatives are helping women climb the ladder at technical universities.
Linking engineering and medicine has led to better diagnostics, drugs and treatments. But it’s not always easy to collaborate successfully.
A wireless brain-spine interface allows monkeys to walk again.
An Austrian start-up helps machines understand human language.
With Europe’s ageing population, hearing loss will become a major concern for public health. A new generation of technologies can slow the process.
Sound pollution has become one of the main health hazards in European cities. New technologies may provide some solutions.
As CEO of Sarenza since 2007, Stéphane Treppoz has turned the online seller into a key style site in 28 countries.
Not every start-up wants to move to America. Here are four that have remained loyal to their home turf.
Long known for its scientific creativity and skilled workforce, the Czech capital is redefining itself as a hub for space technology.
The European Commission turns its attention to four key aspects of the problem.
To reach their full potential, the most innovative European start-ups often have no choice but to let American giants buy them. But this is changing.
Using algorithms to process sound is a booming field. Here are four promising innovations.
The latest innovations provide listening experiences that are more immersive than ever. Some technologies even use bones to transmit sound.
Berlin-based start-up Gigmit connects musicians and concert organisers through an online platform, hoping to revolutionise the market.
Humanoid robots are finally learning to charm us. Can French-founded SoftBank Robotics stay ahead of the competition after a decade at the forefront?
America is all too attractive for Europe’s innovative technology, but there are ways to stop the haemorrhage.
Home is not just where the heart is – increasingly, it’s also where you find the innovators, the money and the quality of life.
Europe is once again on the hunt for emerging research and development trends that will spawn radical social and economic rewards in years to come. Discover three of the candidate projects.
Researchers look for solutions to address the distortion of online information.
Towards a more intimate musical experience: Hamburg and Paris introduce innovative acoustics to their spectacular new concert halls.
The ability to modify sequences of DNA with pinpoint precision promises new drugs, healthier livestock and better crops.
Artificial intelligence raises thorny questions that will be keeping human brains very busy.
Denmark’s Unity Technologies has revolutionised the video game industry. Its founder, David Helgason, describes how it happened.
Our eating habits are often based on accepted wisdom without scientific basis. Researchers are now trying to sort the facts from the myths.
Russia has produced an array of new tech companies since the late 2000s. But these start-ups remain virtually unknown outside the country’s borders.
Artificial intelligence has enormous potential for health care – from diagnostics to rehabilitation to services for the elderly.
Some people fret that artificial intelligence will end civilization as we know it, others believe it can solve every problem.
Izanami Martínez is implementing a new, more efficient way to see the doctor – with the smartphone.
Lambèr Royakkers of the Eindhoven University of Technology analyses the dangers of having machines make life-or-death decisions.
A German start-up improves warehouse automation.
Gently swaying people to act differently is a trick long known to advertisers. Several initiatives have proven its benefits for implementation of private and public policy.
If 10 billion people are to be fed we need to drop fashionable, damaging diets that have no evidence base and get behind rational advances in food science.
Cooking blenders are invading European kitchens, with the promise of healthy and fresh nutrition without time wasted on cutting and stirring.
A Danish expert explains his strategy for making urban life sustainable and liveable.
A study has questioned the benefits of robotic keyhole surgery for prostate cancer, so why are some experts still championing the technique?
Polymer packaging makes up most of the world’s marine debris. New biodegradable or edible containers could offer a better solution.
With its leading research institutes and ground-breaking innovations, Europe plays a major role in the field of AI.
Wood has seen a slow-paced renaissance since the early 1990s, but ambitious proposals for timber structures now seem to appear.
Scientists are making headway in challenging the traditional publishing model for research papers. The big winners may include ordinary citizens.
From London to Hamburg to Singapore, architects draw inspiration from living organisms to design energy-efficient buildings.
The birth of a movement in four main questions.
After travelling 3 billion kilometres, a space probe begins to explore our largest planet.
British entrepreneur Sarah Wood founded the tech start-up Unruly, an online video ad platform that was acquired last year by News Corp for nearly €135 million.
The digital revolution and the ability to process huge amounts of information have changed the way research is done. Here are three examples.
They’re more and more exclusive And they’re often full of already highly qualified students. Are Massive Open Online Courses failing to democratise education?
Designers working with biologists and engineers: not so long ago such collaboration would have been unusual. Now it is at the heart of European Science.
Sharing medical data leads to more targeted treatments, but also bears the risk of abuse. Adam Molyneaux of Sophia Genetics discusses the complexities.
Once dominated by light-bulb manufacturer Philips, the Dutch city is now home to a dynamic university and its circle of start-ups.
Sharks are a useful model, both for their slick skin and for their antibodies that can be used to treat cancer.
Citizen science relies on the public’s curiosity and enthusiasm – not to mention computing capacity – to supplement the work of scientists.
Technology Will Save Us teaches programming using toys in a whole new way.
Polaroid enthusiasts have recreated instant film that can be used in old cameras and developed a new camera as well.
How Europe is shifting towards a more sustainable system by reusing, remanufacturing and recycling.
How a salamander inspired a robot, a protein became a sensor and a molecule helped design a water purifier.
Beetles, butterflies and spiders are some of the bugs that inspire engineers. What makes these insects so prone to imitation?
A technique for turning CO2 into stone has been pioneered in Iceland, but another kind of immoveable object could prevent large-scale success.
Throughout Europe, companies large and small are attacking bad habits and wasteful appliances.
Dublin’s “Silicon Docks” may be known as a welcome destination for U.S. tech giants, but the Emerald Isle has plenty of native innovation to shout about .
The recent discovery of gravitational waves has given us a completely new tool for observing the sky. Technologist spoke to some of the scientists listening for the miniscule ripples in space-time.
Amateurs can now enhance their performance and their health by using wireless devices and biosensors that monitor behaviour, environment and physiology.
Trains are particularly safe. But IT bugs and problems with the signalling systems represent a constant security threat.
Aluminium, carbon and even bamboo: sport results today depend highly on the materials.
Brewing is often considered an art. For the researchers at BeerDeCoded, it’s a serious scientific endeavour.
Some smaller countries are showing how efficiency-enhancing innovations can begin to shift some goods transport away from lorries.
Computer simulations and data analysis can now help prevent injuries, while individual prostheses hasten the recovery process.
What if your fuse box could talk to you? Created in the midst of Ukrainian turmoil, Ecoisme can analyse home energy consumption in real time.
Will autonomous locomotives one day operate outside urban areas?
A journalist explains how start-ups can improve the day-to-day existence of refugees and help make their dreams a reality.
Petrol power helped shape the 20th century, but its decline may define the 21st. So how will the future of urban transport look?
Entrepreneurs are tapping into inexpensive electronics and 3D printing to make robotic prosthesis more accessible.
Careful study of the waste carried by aircraft now offers valuable clues on how infectious diseases spread.
Hackers were most likely behind a power outage that affected 700,000 people in western Ukraine in December 2015. What actually happened?
A Dutch innovator offers a visible view of an invisible world.
The fight against congestion is getting some new tools: mobile phones and complex algorithms.
A young Danish entrepreneur chose to leave Europe for an exotic location.
Safely mimicking all foibles in software and hardware of driving will take at least another decade, if not longer.
Some of the most significant triumphs in online innovation, like Spotify and Skype, are Swedish creations.
Smart glass and phone apps may have been developed for gamers, but now they are among the many technologies crossing over into the healthcare field.
There are bright ideas for how to make our cities more fluid, but they won’t do much good unless decision-makers show more vision and courage.
It can be difficult to effect behavioural change in large cities, but Stockholm and London have shown that a well-conceived nudge will deliver results.
The technology behind Bitcoin holds immense potential that we’re just now beginning to fathom.
Cycling is healthy and good for the environment – so no wonder bicycle use in some European cities has doubled since the early 2000s.
Spain has become a technological leader in fields from mapping to aeronautics to graphene production.
Bad nights are disruptive to a person’s life. Fortunately, scientists are constantly learning more about the causes.
Blitab co-founder Kristina Tsvetanova discusses the challenges of launching a social start-up.
Relying on attractive and informative data visualisations, Craig Mills is on a mission to use hard evidence to bring environmental issues to life.
You can sleep when you’re dead, they say. In the meantime, though, circadian rhythms are best not tampered with.
You may think you’re resting, but your brain is fulfilling critical tasks from building memories to reinforcing learning to clearing toxins.
Six researchers reveal just how far they go to discover some of nature’s deepest secrets or test novel technologies.
Thanks to the digital revolution, finding alien life, if it exists, is getting closer.
We spend one third of our time sleeping, but scientists still don’t know why. A prominent researcher reviews the most likely explanations.
Will Europe ever be able to compete with Silicon Valley? The answer lies not only in our universities and research parks but also in our primary and secondary schools.
What if Estonia’s system is hacked? And what if an unsavoury government, domestic or foreign, got hold of Estonia’s information?
Inspired by Skype, ambitious entrepreneurs have the confidence to believe their dreams can come true
Estonian programmer Jaan Tallinn helped create the file-sharing application Kazaa and then the famous video-call system. Now he wants to save the world.
The idea sounds preposterous, but Spanish start-up Vortex Bladeless is convinced that it can win over the sceptics.
Thanks to major European initiatives, scientific publishers are feeling the pressure to crack down on plagiarism
Why does the common illness keep outsmarting scientists?
Rapidly evolving camera technology is changing our very notion of photography.
As the big neighbour to the east rattles its sabre once again, Estonia is confident that its technology will allow it to survive, no matter what
Modern illumination is not only much more efficient, but increasingly responsive to the rhythms of human life.
Part car, part plane, Aeromobil needs just a 200-m straightaway to deploy its wings and take off.
From medical records to taxes to ID cards, Estonians rely on – and trust – information technology more than any other nation in the world.
For most organisms the absence of light is vital, too.
One of the basic certainties that unites all life on this planet: night follows day follows night. But then we started to mess with it.
Everywhere you turn, optical engineering is at the heart of new technologies. No wonder 2015 has been named the Year of Light.
The presence of a single species – Homo sapiens – is having a dramatic impact, allowing some to thrive and pushing others to the brink of extinction.
The vision of a world in which everyone lives longer and better is attractive – but for societies the changes will be over-whelming. An ethicist and a sociologist discuss the implications.
Victor Henning and two business-school pals describe how they’ve accidentally made science fun.
Life spans in the developed world have doubled over the past two centuries — and scientists are working hard to decipher the code of aging.
Everyone has heard of Uber and AirBnB, but they are not the only game in town. Some platforms are purely altruistic, some very capitalistic.
Is France ready? One winery has taken the plunge, using real-time sap flow measurements to more accurately manage the irrigation of its vines.
Can you clean up litter and house people with one idea? Yes, says an innovative Danish student.
Prudent plan B or desperate measure?
A French farmer considers Twitter a fabulous way to forge a connection between farmers and consumers.
To improve crop yields, the agricultural world is turning to such cutting-edge technologies as drones, robots and networked sensors.
Age is so much more than years elapsed since your date of birth.
Once seen as a “towering lunacy”, vertical farms are all the rage from the U.S. to Europe to Asia.
Daria Tataj, founder and CEO of the Warsaw-based consultancy Tataj Innovation, explains the reasons for Poland’s success.
Computer-science wizard Frederic Jacobs creates a new app that makes cryptography seamless and freely available to millions of mobile users
Everyone knows that animals use odours to communicate. Now a growing body of research suggests that humans do, too.
Marten Blankesteijn, co-founder of Blendle, the new Dutch start-up whose app is already being referred to as the iTunes of the press.
Human augmentation elicits reactions that are not unanimously positive.
David Becker, the co-founder of Swiss-based Zkipster, explains how his firm became a micro multinational with eight employees on three continents.
Cybercrime has gone mainstream – to the distress not only of individuals but also of targets as large as American cities.
To guarantee an uninterrupted flow of electricity, Europe must improve its storage capacity and build a super grid.
More than one million scientific articles are published every year. The process that was established to control their quality is increasingly being called into question.
Solar energy won’t fulfil its potential until the storage problem is solved. Here’s how.
Prize-winning French biologist Emmanuelle Charpentier explains her revolutionary discovery.
The exclusive creator of Hermès perfumes Jean-Claude Ellena revisits his brilliant career, revealing a glimpse of his perfumer’s palette.
Thousands of labs and hospitals are eagerly awaiting the portable sequencers that will make bedside genetic analysis a reality.
Canines still take the lead when it comes to sniffing out smells. But the latest research shows that machines are closing the gap.
For more than 40 years – ever since the Great Oil Crisis of 1973 – scientists, governments and media have been warning that the world must reduce its dependence on fuels derived from hydrocarbons. Initially, the main worry was supply – would the world run out of oil and gas before we found alternatives? But by the 1980s, an even greater danger came to the fore: climate change, aggravated by the massive amounts of CO2 being spewed into the atmosphere by oil-derived fuels.
It’s a good way to raise money, but it can also hinder a company’s development, explains Tereza Tykvova.
Activism in action: a 20-year old takes on the mass of floating plastic garbage.
The vagus nerve, which connects the brain to various organs, plays an essential role in the mind-body relationship. Can you train it to make you happy?
They definitely help people stop smoking, but they may be just another ticking time bomb. Are they a positive solution or an unhealthy crutch?
With its horrible symptoms and 80% mortality rate, Ebola fever is especially frightening. The cases in Spain and the U.S. served as a reminder that procedures for strict disinfection, while simple on paper, are less so in practise. Even the Western health system cannot entirely protect us from this virus.
Martin Stiksel, founder of Last.fm, is back with an even more ambitious project: to organise the entire web according to each user’s behaviour.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, but the pipeline for new drugs is drying up. Researchers are developing new strategies to avoid a resurgence of illnesses that once seemed easy to cure.
How science fiction can inform a generally staid profession about the legal issues of the future.
Happiness can be understood objectively, says pioneer researcher Ruut Veenhoven.
New technologies and citizen science offer innovative ways to track and quantify emotions. They are uncovering new ingredients in the recipe for happiness.
Four novel approaches to keep killers in check.
The worst design sins to avoid, according to usability guru Jakob Nielsen.
Annoying to some but completely normal to others, copying has become an established business model in the world of start-ups and smartphone apps.
You no longer need to be an electronics wizard to build sophisticated devices. “Makers” like the four profiled on these pages are unleashing their creativity thanks to Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards.
The biohacking movement, which appeared in the U.S. in the late 2000s, has now spread to Europe.
In an effort to combat dengue fever, Brazil has authorised the dissemination of a transgenic insect. Now the question is: will the critters do their job?
People are increasingly concerned about the safety of personal data. The market is responding with new encryption products that are easy to use.
Four Danes have created award-winning upmarket headphones. One of them describes the challenges of fusing design and audio engineering.
Chemical cameras reveal a world that is invisible to the human eye. Smaller and cheaper devices are now finding uses from agriculture to cancer diagnostics.
Crowdfunding demands a well-planned communication strategy, explains Daniela Castrataro, co-founder of the Future of Crowdfunding conference.
Super-resolution techniques have pushed back the limits of optics, becoming an essential tool in the life sciences.
Mobile devices need energy – lots of it. Instead of focussing only on improving battery performance, some scientists are looking at the ambient energy that is all around us.
By being the first to extract methane hydrates last year, Japan has launched a new global race.
Can America’s shale-gas revolution be repeated in Europe? The furore over earthquakes and chemicals has obscured more important issues.
The EU has committed €1 billion to this revolutionary new material. What are the challenges, what are the promises?
Already sold in health-food stores as nutritional supplements, micro-organisms could help feed the world if prices came down.
From lab-hatched eggs to caterpillar croquettes, the food of the future may not be familiar, but that doesn’t mean it won’t taste good.
An amazing project may enable paralysed humans to walk again, with the help of an exoskeleton controlled directly by their thoughts.
The latest portable technology will connect humans from head to toe. But it could also endanger both our safety and our social lives, warns Wijnand IJsselsteijn.
Cleverly manipulated Internet buzz can be more effective than an expensive marketing campaign. Marketing expert Ryan Holiday reveals some of his tricks.