A handful of Nobel Prizes and the first-ever comet landing – 2014 was a good year for European Science.
Horizon interviewed Dr Colin Snodgrass at the European Southern Observatory in Chile who explained that the main science from the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Rosetta mission was still to come.
Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told Horizon that innovation could have a rapid effect on climate change, while Professor Fabiola Gianotti, the incoming director-general of CERN, explained that the Large Hadron Collider would enable scientists to uncover unknown unknowns.
Take a look over Horizon’s year in science and research in our interactive timeline.
Bill Gates and the European Commission have launched a €100 million investment fund designed to bring radical clean energy technologies more quickly to market in order to promote energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
We may never be able to entirely predict earthquakes such as those that hit central Italy in 2016, but we could better assess how they’re going to play out by joining up data from different scientific fields in a new Europe-wide observatory, say scientists.
As wind turbines become increasingly familiar sights along shorelines, developers of offshore floating platforms, which harness the powerful winds further out to sea, are seeking to establish their technologies as a major viable source of clean energy.
Hydrogen can be used to power cars, supply electricity and heat homes, all with zero carbon emissions. The snag is that the vast majority of hydrogen itself is derived from fossil fuels – a fact that scientists are now hoping to change. They plan to clean up production to kickstart a dedicated economy – something that has already found small-scale success in Scotland’s Orkney Islands.
Floating wind turbines could be a clean energy game changer.
Europe's leadership 'more important than ever', says Gates.
A circular economy needs new business models and reusable products, says Felipe Maya.