Research teams from University of Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne have developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is useful when searching for victims of natural disasters. Inspired by birds that fold their wings in mid-air to cross narrow passages, it can even hold and transport objects along the way.
A new, simple, and inexpensive method that uses ultraviolet light to control particle motion and assembly within liquids could improve drug delivery, chemical sensors, and fluid pumps. The method encourages particles to gather and organize at a specific location within a liquid and, if desired, to move to new locations.
EuroTier is the world’s leading trade fair for animal production. This year more than 2?500 exhibitors from 62 countries will be presenting their new and further developments at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds, showing modern animal husbandry in all its facets.
Today, more and more products are made of high-tech plastic materials. End-user requirements with regard to precision, durability and weight are increasing along with demand for low-cost items. Top-quality supply will once again meet with unbroken demand at this year’s Fakuma.
Property professionals are confident that the sector will continue to do well. For the second time, Expo Real has carried out a topical survey online among trade fair participants, 1,380 property professionals have expressed themselves about trend topics.
Mixed forests are more productive than monocultures. This is true on all five continents, and particularly in regions with high precipitation. These findings from an international overview study, in which the Technical University of Munich (TUM) participated, are highly relevant for forest science and forest management on a global scale.
A design team from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea has developed a self-charging electric bike design concept, “Hybrid Module Mobility”. Depending upon users’ requirements, this design concept is capable of converting its forms into six different purposes.
In order to separate chemical mixtures into their single components, industry operators commonly carry out energy-intensive distillation, such as in crude oil refineries. Researchers at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) are developing a camera system that monitors this process.
Presently, the order according to which people involved in a so-called mass-casualty incident are provided with first aid and transported to hospitals is being determined by a procedure initially used in military medicine. Coloured slingcards indicate the priority of a medical emergency. A new electronic system, called RescueWave, now is to enhance efficiency of operations.
Austrian Researchers developed new materials that prevent damage from microbial induced concrete corrosion. Wastewater systems are integral to infrastructure in every community. In an ideal world, they operate smoothly and are long-lasting.