Aviation pioneer Bertrand Piccard has already accomplished a lot with his solar airplane Solar Impulse, having completed the first intercontinental crossing from Europe to Morocco late last year. Now he's undertaking another first: He wants to fly across America, from California to the East Coast.Read more...
Stone instead of metal: By using a carbon-fibre laminate, stone – such as granite – can replace metal and reinforced concrete, as well as pure carbon fibre structures, in many of their applications, says Kolja Kuse. The material is as light as aluminium, has a minimal thermal expansion coefficient and is available in large quantities. It also requires considerably less energy to produce.Read more...
Electronic books are finally making their way to Europe, which means that they will need bookstores, too. The first physical e-bookstore in Switzerland has opened its doors in Zurich. In addition to purchasing e-books and e-readers, customers can also receive advice on the new world of digital reading.
The Wyss Institute at the University of Harvard wants to develop innovative products by observing and imitating nature. This has been made possible thanks to a record gift by Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss. Now a conference in Zurich which will be held later this month plans to bring these ideas to Europe.Read more...
Until now, batteries are not only a burden on the environment, but they also require rare earth metals. Two scientists from Sweden and Poland have now developed an environmentally friendly battery out of paper pulp that is both biodegradable and saves on rare and precious resources.Read more...
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