Finnish and French cities chart Europe’s path to clean energy

As Europe strives to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, Turku and Dijon are among a group of cities seeking to reach this goal two decades earlier. By  GARETH WILLMER In 2029, Finland’s oldest city, Turku, will celebrate reaching the grand old age of 800. At the same time, it hopes to reach another major … Read more

Olives, the source of “liquid gold,” offer more riches to unlock

By  ALEX WHITING Companies are finding promising ways to use the nutrient-filled residue from olive-oil production. Olive oil is a multibillion-euro global business and Manuel Román is determined to create an even bigger market from the sacred ancient fruit. Román is co-founder of ISANATUR, a Spanish company that has built a refinery able to turn every … Read more

Fishing for answers: new technology onboard can help protect oceans

Digital advances will increase the sustainability of global fisheries and preserve marine ecosystems. By  ALI JONES Off the rugged coastline of Iceland, five fishing vessels are part of a project to test a state-of-the-art machine for capturing information about the catch of the day. A first of its kind, the initiative aims to help meet the … Read more

Education and healthcare are set for a high-tech boost

The enhancement of human-machine interaction is expected to bring notable improvements in support for learning and access to healthcare. By  CALEB DAVIES In a Swiss classroom, two children are engrossed in navigating an intricate maze with the help of a small, rather cute, robot. The interaction is easy and playful – it is also providing researchers with … Read more