How waste CO2 is helping to turn renewable energy into liquid fuel

If different industries share resources, data, and materials - an approach known as industrial symbiosis - then the whole ecosystem could become more sustainable. Image credit - Frans Berkelaar/Wikimedia, licensed under CC by 2.0

by Rex Merrifield Storing power generated by strong winds or bright sunshine by turning it into liquid fuel such as methanol can help to ensure green energy does not go to waste, without having to rely on batteries. Methanol can be made from CO2 captured from industrial sources, combined with hydrogen split out of water using … Read more

Coronavirus recovery: Europe needs investment on a ‘wartime footing’

Having the euro means that many EU countries are no longer in control over their own currencies and the European Central Bank will play a critical role in Europe’s post-coronavirus recovery, says Prof. Stephanie Kelton. Image credit - European Commission

European governments need to provide investment on a ‘wartime footing’ to stimulate a post-coronavirus economic recovery, but also need to redefine economic success to incorporate climate and social goals, the European Research and Innovation Days conference has heard. Speaking about how Europe can best achieve a sustainable and inclusive recovery, Stephanie Kelton, a professor of … Read more

We ultimately should be able to make a pan-coronavirus vaccine, says theoretical epidemiologist

Prof. Sunetra Gupta spoke of her hopes for a pan-coronavirus vaccine at the European Research and Innovation Days conference. Image credit - European Commission

by Annette Ekin The world’s pressing need is a vaccine to fight the current threat of Covid-19, but ultimately we may be able to develop a pan-coronavirus vaccine, Sunetra Gupta, a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford, UK, said at the European Commission’s annual research event. Prof. Gupta was speaking on a digital … Read more

Leuven named the 2020 European capital of innovation

Leuven, Belgium won the 2020 €1 million iCapital cash prize. Image credit - Wouter Hagens/ Wikimedia, licenced under CC BY-SA 3.0

by Freya Kirk Leuven, Belgium, has been named the 2020 European Capital of Innovation for its use of innovation to improve residents’ lives. The €1 million cash prize, which every year recognises cities’ innovative solutions to social challenges that engage and empower its citizens, was awarded to Leuven in a ceremony with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel during the EU … Read more

Q&A: ‘Cancer vaccines will not replace surgery or chemo but could give long-lasting immunity’

A cancer vaccine needs to tackle the dual issues of cancers being able to hide from the immune system and suppress our immune defences. Image credit - Municipalidad de Córdoba/Flickr, licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

by Ian Le Guillou A cancer vaccine needs to tackle the dual issues of cancers being able to hide from the immune system and suppress our immune defences. Recent advances are bringing cancer vaccines much closer to reality, giving patients another weapon in their arsenal of cancer treatments, according to Dr Madiha Derouazi, CEO of Amal Therapeutics and … Read more