How the tracking of birds can help them – and us

By Anthony King Scientists track birds with electronic tags and radar to solve flight mysteries. In answering ecological questions, the research findings may also improve infrastructure planning Feathers mark birds as a group, but with feathers come remarkable aerial feats. Bar-tailed godwits can fly 12 000 kilometres non-stop, flapping for over 200 hours. The avian … Read more

Reducing noise pollution with acoustic walls and rubberised roads

Sound-diffracting walls and rubberised asphalt ingredients tackle the major environmental concern of noise pollution from traffic. By  TOM CASSAUWERS In cities across the European Union, noise is a significant health hazard along with air pollution. Efforts are under way to reduce a major source of both: traffic. Noise is the number-two environmental source of health troubles, … Read more

Protecting forests on the front line of the climate-change battle

Forests combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide but they are depleted by drought. Trees that adapt to climate change conditions could hold some answers. By  SANDRINE CEURSTEMONT Forests help counter global warming, but they are also threatened by it. Many tree species struggled this past summer as much of Europe was hit by heat waves … Read more

A push to ensure fresh foods end up getting tasted instead of wasted

Every day food is thrown away and squandered by the lorry-load. EU researchers are developing ways to cut waste – of both food and its packaging. By  ANDREW DUNNE Dr Anastasia Ktenioudaki has been tracking strawberries in Ireland with high-tech sensors. She was part of a recent European research project to reduce the enormous amount of … Read more

First EU TalentOn brings science to life in competition to solve global challenges

A competition to create solutions to major challenges recently brought out the entrepreneurs and scientists at EU TalentOn. By  HORIZON STAFF Criss-crossed by a network of canals, the city of Leiden (pop. 120 000) is just 16km north of Dutch capital The Hague. It has been welcoming scholars since the first university in the Netherlands was … Read more