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  • Holiday travel can be climate smart

    Published Dec 15, 2014
    Flying the family to Thailand to celebrate the holidays? Maybe taking the train to Åre? The difference in climate impact is considerable, according to environmental research. The greenhouse gas emissions created by a round-trip flight from Sweden to the beaches of Southeast Asia is roughly 200 times greater than the amount generated by a rail trip from Stockholm to the Swedish mountains.

  • Sharing economy surges forward

    Published Dec 15, 2014
    The holiday shopping season breaks records year after year. Consumer spending this year is expected to total 7.2 billion globally – a 2.5 percent increase over last year, according retail analyst HUI. But an even stronger trend is underway. The “sharing economy” is growing rapidly and is changing the conditions for holiday retail business and consumption in general.

  • An alternative to the disposable economy

    Published Dec 02, 2014
    Continued economic growth requires an alarming – and arguably unsustainable – amount of raw material and energy. But what if there was a way to rein in production, without slowing down the economy?

  • Method will reduce arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh

    Published Oct 01, 2014
    Millions of Bangladeshis could have access to drinking water free from dangerous levels of arsenic, thanks to a research team led by KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  • Safer than silver: antibacterial material made with algae

    Published Sep 30, 2014
    Consumers concerned about safety of silver ions in antibacterial and odor-free clothing will soon have a proven safe alternative thanks to ultra-thin thread and a substance found naturally in red algae.

  • Who controls public space?

    Published Sep 29, 2014
    Among the questions Maria Håkansson has researched is whether everyday environments, such as mass transit or residential neighborhoods, can serve as good meeting places for people from all walks of life.

  • Fuel cell researchers seek better solutions

    Published Sep 11, 2014
    Rakel Wreland Lindström performs research in renewable energy and fuel cells at KTH. Nearly a year ago she got to tell the world and US President Barack Obama about her research. She is the first in our graduate relay.

  • Electronic voting - easier, but risky

    Published Sep 04, 2014
    Easy – but risky for democracy. Electronic elections would increase pressure to implement more and more referenda. And that could be devastating to a country’s social structure, says philosophy researcher Karim Jebari.

  • Mapping could help stop Ebola's spread

    Published Sep 03, 2014
    Whether it’s the Black Death of 1350 or the Ebola virus in West Africa, one thing deadly pandemics have in common is that their progress takes a geographical course. But researcher Lars Skog at KTH Royal Institute of Technology is one of those developing geoinformation systems that can help health workers predict the spread of a disease and stop it.

  • Project turns algae problem on its head

    Published Aug 18, 2014
    Algae is being upgraded from an environmental problem to a valuable natural resource and raw material.

  • Sweden's ICT carbon footprint detailed

    Published Aug 14, 2014
    Despite a rapid growth in the use of computers and mobile phones in Sweden, emissions per user remain low, according to a unique study which maps out the climate impact of the Swedish Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

  • Better theoretical grasp would boost sustainable development

    Published Jun 25, 2014
    No doubt, sustainable development engages the interest of both students and teaching staff. It is also a prioritised area for KTH Royal Institute of Technology. At the same time, even amongst the teachers, there is a degree of uncertainty surrounding the concept. Now, however, a strengthening of the teaching input concerning sustainability as a theoretical concept is proposed in a survey carried out by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

  • New device could improve biomarker analyses

    Published Jun 24, 2014
    KTH researchers have proposed an advance in cell sorting technology that could lead to lower costs, increased accuracy and quicker analysis of biomarkers for such illnesses as cancer and malaria.

  • Here comes the Sun

    Published Jun 19, 2014
    Saturday, June 21 is the summer solstice – when the hours of sunlight in the northern hemisphere are at their longest. Here’s a look back at some stories that show how we can make use of all that solar radiation.

  • Taking stock of Obama's climate plan

    Published Jun 17, 2014
    US President Barack Obama’s recently-unveiled Climate Action Plan has provoked strong reactions in America; though it’s generally agreed the changes will have worldwide reverberations. Some of KTH’s experts on sustainable energy have their say on why that is – and why you should care.

  • KTH and World Cup city focus on urban planning

    Published Jun 12, 2014
    Curitiba is one of the twelve cities in Brazil where World Cup matches will be played, and it has one of the modern arenas in the country. The city also has a collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology on sustainable urban planning.

  • Searching for the perfect steel

    Published Jun 10, 2014
    A new theory may unlock the secret to a creating a perfect, ultralight steel, paving the way for more energy efficient vehicles and aircraft.

  • Stronger-than-steel fibre spun from wood

    Published Jun 09, 2014
    Whether they need to be strong as steel, or as soft as cotton, products of the future could be sourced from the forest, using new techniques developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  • Air current tracking may make flights greener

    Published May 15, 2014
    Researchers into Fluid Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of Technology are notching up further successes and have recently received a number of prestigious grants. One of the goals is to be first in the world in simulating the complex air currents surrounding an entire aircraft wing.

  • Urban waterways could reduce congestion

    Published May 12, 2014
    For many cities, a solution for urban congestion might lie in one of the most ancient modes of transportation available – the boat.

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