The race to make hospitals cybersecure

As medical centres increasingly come under attack from hackers, Europe is bolstering protection. By TOM CASSAUWERS Amid the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2021, the Irish healthcare system’s computers were breached by hackers who gained access to patient files and posted hundreds of them online. As a result, the network had to be shut down. The reverberations … Read more

Museums and police in Europe join forces to fight illicit trade in artefacts

European projects are developing new ways to clamp down on international trafficking of cultural goods. By  ALEX WHITING Lujza Varga is a local player in a European campaign against a global plight: the trafficking of historical objects including artworks. Varga works for the Hungarian National Museum, which is taking part in an EU-funded project to help … Read more

Facing external threats, bees may get help from internal organisms

Making the digestive tract of the insects healthier could extend their lives and ensure they remain effective pollinators. By  GARETH WILLMER Awareness is growing worldwide of the crucial role that bees and other pollinators play in preserving natural habitats and securing food supplies. In the run-up to World Bee Day on 20 May, Horizon Magazine takes a closer … Read more

Once unthinkable, the prospect of society driven by wellbeing gains traction

As Europe embraces clean energy to fight climate change, a leading ecological economist argues for going beyond “green growth”. By HORIZON STAFF Almost 16 years ago, the EU held a conference devoted to an idea that was novel – even for many policy wonks – and far-reaching. The notion was to redefine society’s goals by … Read more