In India, natural ways to clean up wastewater promise big benefits

European researchers are working alongside Indian experts to rethink the collection, decontamination and reuse of sewage in the world’s most populous country. By  HELEN MASSY-BERESFORD Winding its way through the mountains and plains of northern India, the Ganges River is sacred to the Hindu religion. More prosaically, its water and nutrients are vital to the region’s … Read more

Counting male chickens before they hatch means good news for ethical farming

By identifying the gender of chicks in their eggs, EU-funded technologies could help prevent the killing of millions of the birds every year. By PIETER DEVUYST Wil Stutterheim is on a mission: to stop the global poultry industry’s slaughter of billions of day-old chicks every year. Male chicks are deemed largely useless for poultry farmers because … Read more

Cardiovascular disease: researchers pinpoint missing piece of treatment puzzle

With new findings that the immune system plays a key role in conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels, options emerge for new cures. By  VITTORIA D’ALESSIO Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality worldwide, responsible for 32% of all deaths. While the illness is triggered to a large extent by an unhealthy lifestyle, a flaw … Read more