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From poison to palatable

Every night millions of people go to bed hungry. New genetic technology can help us feed the world by making inedible seeds more edible.

The future factory

A one-hundred-year old institution is celebrating its centennial. But what’s the larger historical significance of this milestone?

Energy underfoot

There is a solution for the world’s insatiable energy needs. It is CO2-free and safe. And it’s located right under our feet.

The health army

They are not professionals, but they are specially trained: A ‘health army’ of foot soldiers saves the lives of children in areas without doctors.

Wireless ocean monitoring

Wireless sensor networks work well in monitoring the oceans. The concept has been tested and found to be watertight.

Warfare on weeds

Herbicide consumption could be cut in half if farmers sprayed only weeds instead of whole fields.

Tunnel vision

Dark tunnels make drivers feel insecure. Better lighting technology can help.

Cool calculations

How much cold can we actually tolerate without affecting our performance?

Water mix produces electricity

The world’s first prototype of a saline power plant demonstrates a simple – and surprising – principle: mixing freshwater and saltwater can produce electricity.

New approach to offshore anchors

Maybe it looks like a giant arrow or a rocket, but this 13 metre-long, 80-tonne anchor is currently being tested as a new mooring concept for offshore installations.

Fire and ice?

No, this isn’t ice, but hydrates, ice-like crystals that are […]

The invisible technology

Nanoproducts have slipped into our lives, almost without being noticed. Man-made particles end up in the air, soil and water. What happens to them?

Robot kids

Their brains are still no more advanced than that of a one-year-old, but scientists want robots to be as smart as teenagers – at least.

Super bed sheet

A specially modified, millimetre-thick, super-absorbent bed sheet solves delivery-room problems.

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The genes decide

What causes pre-eclampsia during pregnancy? The answer lies in the mother’s DNA. And perhaps in the child’s father’s.

Frozen in time

If you bury the cat in the garden, will she someday become a fossil?

The lizard wizard

Dag Dolmen stood on a rock in Dzhungaria and knew without looking what was underneath.