Electronics made of wood and paper

Greener sensors, circuit boards and other electronic devices are being developed by EU researchers to reduce unsustainably high levels of e-waste. By  Michael Allen To develop eco-friendly electronics such as sensors and circuit boards, Dr Valerio Beni is following the paper trail – literally. An expert in green chemistry at Swedish research institute RISE, Beni … Read more

Mental stress can be a real heart breaker

EU-funded researchers are uncovering links between mental stress and physical troubles, including cardiovascular disease. By  Gareth Willmer In June 2016, the German national football team was gearing up to face Slovakia in the European championship. With pulses set to race among thousands of fans in the crunch match in host country France, a group of … Read more

The bottom-up Brussels green revolution

A Belgian region’s environmental and social conditions for research funding offer a possible model for the EU. By Anthony King In the EU and Belgian capital Brussels, Barbara Trachte reflects the strengths of a third governmental layer in Europe: its numerous regions. Trachte is secretary of state of the Brussels-Capital Region responsible for the economic … Read more

From cycling to sex, skin patches promise to make their mark

EU-funded researchers are taking technologies known as “smart wearables” to the next level. By Jessica Berthereau What do cycling, showering and making love have in common? All three activities prove the usefulness of a new generation of skin patches that can monitor people’s vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate, according to Professor Klas … Read more

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