Europe

  • The Swedish Transport Administration has just opened a 2-km (1.2-mi) stretch of electrified road that works like slot cars. The project, dubbed eRoadArlanda, involves embedding electric rails into the road surface to power electric vehicles through a contact arm hanging down from under the car.
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    The dinosaur Archaeopteryx is widely regarded as one of the earliest ancestors of modern birds, but the question of whether or not it could actively fly has been debated for decades. Now, scientists have taken X-ray scans of fossil specimens, and concluded that the answer is yes – sort of.
  • In many parts of the world, the daffodil is a symbol of hope in the fight against cancer, but now the flower could take on a more proactive role. Researchers at ULB have found that an alkaloid extracted from daffodils can help shut down the “nanomachines” that tumors exploit to grow out of control.
  • ​​Putting the brakes on our plastic waste is going to be anything but straightforward. Eliminating single-use plastics would be a huge step forward, and thats the direction taken by the European Union, which is launching a new strategy whereby only recyclable versions will be in use by 2030.​
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    The pre-historic world was full of strange creatures. Now, palaeontologists have uncovered a bizarre new species of dinosaur that seems to blend together a swan, a penguin, a crocodile and a Velociraptor.
  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are threatening to cast us back into the dark ages of medicine. To fight back, a new “evolution machine” directs the evolution of bacteria by making changes to their environment, guiding them to produce molecules that could lead to new drugs.
  • Snøhetta has revealed plans for a novel new underwater restaurant named Under. Hailed as Europe's first underwater restaurant, it will be installed on the southernmost point of Norway's rugged coastline and offer guests a view of the seabed as they tuck into their dinner.
  • Another day, another detection of gravitational waves. LIGO has just detected gravitational waves for the fourth time, but it wasn’t alone this time: the signals were also measured by the Virgo detector in Italy, marking a new milestone in the observation of the Universe.
  • Inspired by traditional marine chronometers, Swiss design firm MB&F has teamed up with manufacturer L’Epée 1839 to create a marine-themed, high-end table clock called the Octopod, with the inner movements contained inside a bathysphere-like bubble and mounted atop a set of eight articulated legs.
  • Asteroids have a lot to teach us about the Solar System, but their nomadic nature makes them hard to study. Now a proposed mission called the Asteroid Touring Nanosat Fleet involves sending 50 tiny spacecraft to visit hundreds of asteroids, before bringing their data payloads back to Earth.
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    Previous studies seemed to tell the tale of the last population of Neanderthals huddled in a Croatian cave 32,000 years ago as modern humans invaded Europe. But an Oxford team has analyzed bones using a new radiocarbon dating technique and found the Neanderthal remains were too old to fit the story.
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    Researchers have found human-like footprints dating back 5.7 million years – a time when our ancestors were thought to still be getting around on ape-like feet. More mysteriously, these prints were found in the Greek islands, implying hominins left Africa much earlier than previously thought.