The cruise industry is booming, with more than 25 million passengers expected to be carried worldwide in 2019. But with the increase in numbers comes an increase in risk. When the Italian cruise ship Concordia
Mining has traditionally been a dangerous activity with a heavy environmental cost. But European projects are helping to make it safer and cleaner, by taking existing technologies and applying them to
Translate images into sounds and you have a valuable navigation tool for blind people: increasing their mobility, safety and autonomy. The white cane is still one of the most common tools that blind people
How do you find a text in ancient manuscripts, and do it fast? Until recently, computers weren't very good in reading handwritten scripts — but now artificial intelligence has produced a breakthrough.
Roadtrains have often been mooted as an efficient way of regulating traffic, but with little success. Now a roadtrain of electric vehicles may help improve the transport systems inside city centers. European
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
Chemical engineers, materials scientists and environmental experts are hard at work attempting to develop cement not only with better insulating properties, but that is also cheaper, more efficient, and
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 tackling
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 dei
You wear it like a simple backpack but it is crammed with technology! An innovative 3D scanner has been designed to inspect an unusual underground site - a nuclear waste storage facility in Finland. 'Futuris'
Researchers are imitating nature to boost innovation, as 'Futuris' reporter Anne Devineaux discovered in Linz, Austria. "Horned lizards" are the focus of their attention, as their skin has exceptional