KU Leuven

  • While the body can fix small bone breaks with relative ease, more significant injuries such as large bone defects or fractures are a little more tricky. Now, scientists from KU Leuven in Germany are improving the effectiveness of treatments to deal with those more serious situations.
  • Researchers have developed a new method that allows for the production of cleaner diesel. According to the team, the technique could easily be scaled up to industrial levels for use within the next decade.
  • You'd think that a planet with permanent day and night sides – all sun on one side, all the time – would be totally inhospitable. But a new study suggests that exoplanets with this very predicament might in fact be habitable under two out of three possible climate types.
  • Researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis in Belgium have developed a Polylactic acid (PLA) production technique that is cheaper and greener and makes the bioplastic a more attractive alternative to petroleum-based plastics.
  • Science
    Researchers have been able to take the cellulose in sawdust and convert it into hydrocarbon chains. These can be used as an additive in gasoline or as building blocks to create plastics, rubber, nylon, insulation foams and other materials normally made from ethylene, propylene and benzene.
  • When something is sent by airmail, it goes in a fixed-wing aircraft, not a helicopter. Nonetheless, when we hear about drones being used for deliveries, multirotor-style aircraft are what's usually proposed. Now, students have created a delivery drone which combines the best features of both.