The wings of the future

· Euronews · Pisa, Italy and Delft, The Netherlands

Aviation is facing a range of challenges, from economical to environmental. Can we tackle them by reshaping an aircraft’s wings? “Futuris” flies to Italy, where engineers are testing a model of an aircraft of the future. It is a rather

Scientists try seawater to save Europe’s rice from rapacious invasive snail

· Euronews · Barcelona and Ebro Delta, Spain

Slowly but surely, a creeping threat is destroying Spanish rice paddies. Global losses from the Apple snail are estimated at tens of billions of euros per year. Futuris takes a look at how scientists are tackling this problem in a

Virtual reality brings sunken civilisations to life

· Euronews · Bacoli, Italy

The sunken ruins of ancient cities, the monuments of lost civilisations, may reappear before our eyes thanks to new technologies of augmented reality. Euronews’ Denis Loctier went to Italy for Futuris to investigate a remarkable new tool under development. Two

How technology is helping protect Europe’s heritage sites from climate change

· Euronews · Gubbio, Venice, Florence (Italy), Heraklion (Greece)

Old town quarters, such as in Gubbio, Italy, are a matter of local pride and an irresistible tourist attraction. But are we at risk of losing our historic heritage to climate change? The 14th century Palazzo dei Consoli is one

Underwater robot-explorer

· Euronews · Kuortane (Finland), Porto (Portugal)

There are thousands of flooded mines in Europe. Many of them may still have industrial value, but it is difficult to know which ones. A robot that looks like something straight out of science fiction may soon be able to

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