Out with air conditioners, in with chilled water – how Europe could slash its cooling footprint

As climate change warms the world, we increasingly need to find ways to efficiently cool our buildings – whilst also lowering our emissions to attempt to halt the temperature rise as much as possible. Traditional air conditioners are a poor method of achieving either goal, but what if there was another way? Step forward district … Read more

Antifreeze fish inspire new cryoprotectants for human cells and tissues

The idea of cryogenically freezing a person to preserve their body until many years into the future has long been a staple of science fiction stories. However, the need to reliably store biological materials such as cells or tissue is a common concern for scientific research and, increasingly, for society too. Whether it’s the dark, … Read more

New braking systems and satellite navigation to help more trains run on Europe’s tracks

Increasing the amount of trains on Europe’s tracks to replace other modes of transport could help reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution. But fitting more trains requires a serious rethink of how trains brake and could move across the track using cyber-secure radio and satellite navigation. More and more people are looking to rail as a … Read more