An alternative to chemically de-icing planes

· Euronews · Warsaw (Poland), Taufkirchen (Germany)

If you fly in winter, you know just how annoying it can be when your take-off is delayed for obligatory de-icing. “The wait is justified,” insists ‘Futuris’ reporter Denis Loctier. “But can’t we find a better solution?” The problem is

Airplanes and material gains

· Euronews · Braunschweig, Germany; Porto, Portugal

When you board an airplane for a flight, do you ever consider what it is made of? The materials in these machines are lightweight and durable, but not always environmentally friendly. Let’s try to figure out whether that can be

Tackling microplastic pollution in Europe’s rivers

· Euronews · Sambuca, Italy

How much plastic ends up in our rivers? And what are the effects on our health and the environment? A group of Italian citizens and scientists have come together to try to answer these questions. Several times a year, the

New technology juices up the food industry

· Euronews · Cahir (Ireland), Zaragoza (Spain)

Pulsed electric field technology could revolutionise the way we process food – saving time, resources and nutrients. If you like your fruit juice fresh, your olive oil extra virgin and your cider aromatic, there’s good news: an electrifying new technology

Sensors that make sense: from farming to water control

· Euronews · Cowdenbeath, UK; Almería, Spain; Southampton, UK; Aarhus, Denmark

Dairy farming has been a family affair at Parkend Farm in Scotland for three generations. But keeping an eye on the cows has never been easier. On his smartphone, Brian Weatherup receives automatic emails from the farm’s computer system, that

Plenoptic x-rays: an alternative to CT scans

· Euronews · Palaiseau, France; Lisbon, Portugal

“Computerised tomography – or CT Scans – have been one of the greatest achievements in medical imaging. But it can expose patients to potentially harmful doses of irradiation. Can we come up with a safer alternative?” Scientists in a European

Making green energy cheaper

· Euronews · Ben Guerir, Morocco

Sunny Morocco seems like the ideal place to produce solar power. Just north of Marrakech lies the Green Energy Park, where researchers are working on making green energy technology more affordable, as part of Morocco’s drive to reduce energy dependency.

Scientists absorbed by deep-sea sponges

· Euronews · Arctic circle, Norwegian sea, North Atlantic Ocean

A consortium of scientists from the EU, the US and Canada embarked on a deep-sea sponge research voyage in July to find out what role they might play in recycling the ocean’s waste. For three weeks, G.O.Sars, one of the

How will the new intelligent breed of ROVs benefit us?

· Euronews · Marseille, France; Brussels, Belgium

This edition of Futuris looks at the new, more intelligent breed of remote-operated vehicles (ROVs) and how they will benefit us. If an undersea mission is too deep or risky for human divers, researchers can send down an ROV, as

How global warming is changing when Europe’s rain arrives

· Euronews · Nicosia, Cyprus; Mülheim, Germany

Along with the rest of the planet, Europe is bracing for the impacts of climate change. Some areas are facing a range of risks, ranging from droughts to floods, but how well do we understand what to expect and how