Global lists are a key source of information for students choosing a university. But how relevant are they to the learning experience?
When Galileo is fully functional in 2020, it will provide the most precise navigation ever, even at the North and South Poles.
Online courses can broaden access to higher education. But to help African students get jobs they should be integrated with local universities.
Forget the hype, quantum computing is still in its experimental infancy. Researchers must overcome five big challenges before real-world applications can emerge.
How can European countries become leaders of innovation? Two experts discuss the continent’s weaknesses and possibilities.
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.
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.
Faced with growing challenges, Europe can rely on its scientists to ensure its future competitiveness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building on skills honed over the centuries, western Switzerland has become a world leader in biotech.
The playing field is not level, say the advocates of plurilingualism.
New initiatives are helping women climb the ladder at technical universities.
A wireless brain-spine interface allows monkeys to walk again.
Using algorithms to process sound is a booming field. Here are four promising innovations.
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.
The ability to modify sequences of DNA with pinpoint precision promises new drugs, healthier livestock and better crops.
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.
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.
The birth of a movement in four main questions.
After travelling 3 billion kilometres, a space probe begins to explore our largest planet.
The digital revolution and the ability to process huge amounts of information have changed the way research is done. Here are three examples.
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.
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?
Sharing medical data leads to more targeted treatments, but also bears the risk of abuse. Adam Molyneaux of Sophia Genetics discusses the complexities.
Citizen science relies on the public’s curiosity and enthusiasm – not to mention computing capacity – to supplement the work of scientists.
Polaroid enthusiasts have recreated instant film that can be used in old cameras and developed a new camera as well.
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.
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 .
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.
Will autonomous locomotives one day operate outside urban areas?
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.
Inspired by Skype, ambitious entrepreneurs have the confidence to believe their dreams can come true
Why does the common illness keep outsmarting scientists?
Thanks to major European initiatives, scientific publishers are feeling the pressure to crack down on plagiarism
Victor Henning and two business-school pals describe how they’ve accidentally made science fun.
Everyone knows that animals use odours to communicate. Now a growing body of research suggests that humans do, too.
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.
Prize-winning French biologist Emmanuelle Charpentier explains her revolutionary discovery.
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.
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?
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.
Four novel approaches to keep killers in check.
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.
Super-resolution techniques have pushed back the limits of optics, becoming an essential tool in the life sciences.