Plant-powered planes may be no pipe dream

EU researchers are seeking to expand supplies of clean aviation fuels by producing more from agricultural sources. By  Tereza Pultarova Professor David Chiaramonti is looking down at the ground to help resolve a problem up in the sky: aeroplanes’ emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants. An expert in energy systems and power generation at … Read more

Food for thought: obesity may affect the brain too

Calorie-filled meals with little nutrition are suspected of having an impact on decision-making and of causing an overweight trap. By  Pieter Devuyst and Horizon Staff Esther Aarts has a warning for fast-food lovers around the world: such diets not only expand waistlines but also cause brain inflammation. A professor of nutritional neuroscience at Radboud University … Read more

Gang feuds and violence may call for an olive branch

The gangster lifestyles of young people in Europe and elsewhere can be altered through dialogue and education, according to researchers. By  Andrew Dunne On 28 October 2003, Barcelona became the backdrop for a tragic incident that would reverberate across the Spanish port city and beyond. Leaving his school that Tuesday afternoon, 15-year-old Ronny Tapias was … Read more

Two itchy-skin diseases that can go much deeper

Psoriasis and eczema can have complex causes and consequences that researchers are seeking to uncover. By  Gareth Willmer In his mid-teens during the 1970s, Maarten de Wit had severe joint pain in multiple parts of his body. He had to wait another three years until the age of 19 before being diagnosed with arthritis. ‘At … Read more

Berry tasty: the fruits emerging from new breeding and processing

Research is helping strawberries and raspberries become more resilient to climate change and snacks become healthier. By  Matthew Newman Supermarkets across Europe offer such regular and wide selections of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries – even in the grip of winter – that it’s easy to take them for granted. But behind the seemingly limitless domestic … Read more