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2019

The end of Moore’s law reign

Since the 1960s, Moore’s law has guided the production of processors and transistors. However, the continuous shrink of silicon chips approaches physical limits.

The perils of ranking

Global lists are a key source of information for students choosing a university. But how relevant are they to the learning experience?

2018

Europe’s answer to GPS

When Galileo is fully functional in 2020, it will provide the most precise navigation ever, even at the North and South Poles.

Plastics under fire

As environmental pressure increases, industry is responding with innovative products made from organic sources and more responsible use of plastics derived from petroleum.

2017

Search for rigour

While the scientific method strives for objectivity, experimental results are still prone to unconscious bias and error.

Flying the “big science” flag

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.

Focus on Russia

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.

The power of nudging

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.

Challenging innovation

A study has questioned the benefits of robotic keyhole surgery for prostate cancer, so why are some experts still championing the technique?

2016

All eyes on Eindhoven

Once dominated by light-bulb manufacturer Philips, the Dutch city is now home to a dynamic university and its circle of start-ups.

All Eyes on Ireland

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 .

Our weighty new view of the universe

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.

Lights out over Ukraine

Hackers were most likely behind a power outage that affected 700,000 people in western Ukraine in December 2015. What actually happened?

Bikes are back

Cycling is healthy and good for the environment – so no wonder bicycle use in some European cities has doubled since the early 2000s.

2015

Sending a signal

Computer-science wizard Frederic Jacobs creates a new app that makes cryptography seamless and freely available to millions of mobile users

The sins of peer review

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.

2014