Thanks to the digital revolution, finding alien life, if it exists, is getting closer.
When Galileo is fully functional in 2020, it will provide the most precise navigation ever, even at the North and South Poles.
Forget the hype, quantum computing is still in its experimental infancy. Researchers must overcome five big challenges before real-world applications can emerge.
How can European countries become leaders of innovation? Two experts discuss the continent’s weaknesses and possibilities.
These modern-day alchemists spin masses of raw data into gold. Here are four reasons to become one.
As environmental pressure increases, industry is responding with innovative products made from organic sources and more responsible use of plastics derived from petroleum.
Europe’s new regulations protect user data. But they may also block information-sharing that affects health and safety.
Germany’s auto industry is embracing the hottest technologies. The capital of Bavaria is driving the shift.
From an environmental standpoint, marine exploitation has been a catastrophe. Innovation is showing the way towards sustainable oceans.
Digital technologies can save time and money in construction, but the complexity of the processes will make automation difficult.
Astronomers add a piece to the puzzle of why radio telescopes keep picking up fast bursts from the universe.
As Chinese research increasingly dominates science, Danish universities have set up a centre in Beijing to foster exchanges.
The capital of Catalonia is a technology hub with a vibrant start-up environment. A celebrated football team’s innovation hub was the catalyst.
Danish scientists express doubts about the breakthrough detection of gravitational waves. A Portuguese physicist explains the controversy.
Say goodbye to copper wires. Silicon photonics promises greater energy efficiency, lightning-speed processing and innovative health devices.
While the scientific method strives for objectivity, experimental results are still prone to unconscious bias and error.
Radiation-eating bacteria could make underground storage of nuclear waste safer.
Building on skills honed over the centuries, western Switzerland has become a world leader in biotech.
Contrary to popular belief, sustainable solutions can be good for business. A look at some of Europe’s most innovative efforts.
The playing field is not level, say the advocates of plurilingualism.
Europe’s aerospace hub is a thriving, synergistic blend of industry giants, start-ups and research centres.
New initiatives are helping women climb the ladder at technical universities.
A wireless brain-spine interface allows monkeys to walk again.
Long known for its scientific creativity and skilled workforce, the Czech capital is redefining itself as a hub for space technology.
Europe is once again on the hunt for emerging research and development trends that will spawn radical social and economic rewards in years to come. Discover three of the candidate projects.
Researchers look for solutions to address the distortion of online information.
Towards a more intimate musical experience: Hamburg and Paris introduce innovative acoustics to their spectacular new concert halls.
The ability to modify sequences of DNA with pinpoint precision promises new drugs, healthier livestock and better crops.
Russia has produced an array of new tech companies since the late 2000s. But these start-ups remain virtually unknown outside the country’s borders.
Gently swaying people to act differently is a trick long known to advertisers. Several initiatives have proven its benefits for implementation of private and public policy.
A Danish expert explains his strategy for making urban life sustainable and liveable.
A study has questioned the benefits of robotic keyhole surgery for prostate cancer, so why are some experts still championing the technique?
With its leading research institutes and ground-breaking innovations, Europe plays a major role in the field of AI.
Wood has seen a slow-paced renaissance since the early 1990s, but ambitious proposals for timber structures now seem to appear.
After travelling 3 billion kilometres, a space probe begins to explore our largest planet.
Once dominated by light-bulb manufacturer Philips, the Dutch city is now home to a dynamic university and its circle of start-ups.
How Europe is shifting towards a more sustainable system by reusing, remanufacturing and recycling.
A technique for turning CO2 into stone has been pioneered in Iceland, but another kind of immoveable object could prevent large-scale success.
Careful study of the waste carried by aircraft now offers valuable clues on how infectious diseases spread.
Hackers were most likely behind a power outage that affected 700,000 people in western Ukraine in December 2015. What actually happened?
A Dutch innovator offers a visible view of an invisible world.
Some of the most significant triumphs in online innovation, like Spotify and Skype, are Swedish creations.
The technology behind Bitcoin holds immense potential that we’re just now beginning to fathom.
Cycling is healthy and good for the environment – so no wonder bicycle use in some European cities has doubled since the early 2000s.
Spain has become a technological leader in fields from mapping to aeronautics to graphene production.
The idea sounds preposterous, but Spanish start-up Vortex Bladeless is convinced that it can win over the sceptics.
Why does the common illness keep outsmarting scientists?
Thanks to major European initiatives, scientific publishers are feeling the pressure to crack down on plagiarism
The presence of a single species – Homo sapiens – is having a dramatic impact, allowing some to thrive and pushing others to the brink of extinction.
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