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.
From fintech to health to the environment, clever inventions are improving the lives of millions of people.
Childbirth may be the most important event in a mother’s life, but it can also be the most traumatic. Technology can help.
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.
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?
The capital of Catalonia is a technology hub with a vibrant start-up environment. A celebrated football team’s innovation hub was the catalyst.
A Danish start-up makes artificial intelligence available to emergency-care services.
Say goodbye to copper wires. Silicon photonics promises greater energy efficiency, lightning-speed processing and innovative health devices.
Building on skills honed over the centuries, western Switzerland has become a world leader in biotech.
Drawing on their knowledge of algorithms, design and materials, engineers can help improve healthcare in many arenas.
Should doctors have access to huge datasets? The potential to improve healthcare is obvious, but privacy remains equally important.
Linking engineering and medicine has led to better diagnostics, drugs and treatments. But it’s not always easy to collaborate successfully.
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.
The ability to modify sequences of DNA with pinpoint precision promises new drugs, healthier livestock and better crops.
Our eating habits are often based on accepted wisdom without scientific basis. Researchers are now trying to sort the facts from the myths.
Artificial intelligence has enormous potential for health care – from diagnostics to rehabilitation to services for the elderly.
Izanami Martínez is implementing a new, more efficient way to see the doctor – with the smartphone.
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 study has questioned the benefits of robotic keyhole surgery for prostate cancer, so why are some experts still championing the technique?
Citizen science relies on the public’s curiosity and enthusiasm – not to mention computing capacity – to supplement the work of scientists.
Sharks are a useful model, both for their slick skin and for their antibodies that can be used to treat cancer.
A journalist explains how start-ups can improve the day-to-day existence of refugees and help make their dreams a reality.
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.
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.
Cycling is healthy and good for the environment – so no wonder bicycle use in some European cities has doubled since the early 2000s.
Bad nights are disruptive to a person’s life. Fortunately, scientists are constantly learning more about the causes.
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.
We spend one third of our time sleeping, but scientists still don’t know why. A prominent researcher reviews the most likely explanations.
Why does the common illness keep outsmarting scientists?
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.
Life spans in the developed world have doubled over the past two centuries — and scientists are working hard to decipher the code of aging.
Age is so much more than years elapsed since your date of birth.
Everyone knows that animals use odours to communicate. Now a growing body of research suggests that humans do, too.
Thousands of labs and hospitals are eagerly awaiting the portable sequencers that will make bedside genetic analysis a reality.
They definitely help people stop smoking, but they may be just another ticking time bomb. Are they a positive solution or an unhealthy crutch?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Already sold in health-food stores as nutritional supplements, micro-organisms could help feed the world if prices came down.