TECHNOLOGY

  • THE MICROSOFT DILEMMA

    THE MICROSOFT DILEMMA

    In Europe the information technology of every state administration and its institutions – military, police, fiscal authorities etc. – is based on Microsoft programmes. This dependence exposes us to a high technical and political security risk. Is our digital sovereignty at stake? An investigative study.

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ACOUSTICS, THE EFFECT OF SOUND

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ACOUSTICS, THE EFFECT OF SOUND

    Researchers in scientific institutions and industry are studying the effects of sound on human health. Noise and infrasound can have a negative impact on the human health, but it can also be useful for scientific research. Discover fascinating facts from the different areas of sound research.

  • WAR AND GAMES

    WAR AND GAMES

    Drones, remote-controlled weapons and war robots are the war technology of the future. Controlling them via a screen is like playing a computer game. Does this new remote-controlled war technology provide us with reconnaissance information and security or is it paving the way for a surveillance state? New perspectives on a complex, fascinating subject.

  • READY FOR TAKE-OFF – THE ALL-ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT

    READY FOR TAKE-OFF – THE ALL-ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT

    Elektra One is a single-seat, electrically powered composite aircraft. The electricity for the plane is generated by solar-charging hangars. Its designer is aviation pioneer Calin Gologan. Will the aircraft of the future make the test flight from France to Tunisia?

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – FOOD OF THE FUTURE

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – FOOD OF THE FUTURE

    What will we eat in the future? To reduce the consumption of food from animal sources, food technicians are looking for new plant-based proteins. One promising alternative product could be the lupin. We present the latest developments in food technology and research into the food of the future.

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HUMAN INTERFACES

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HUMAN INTERFACES

    Almost one in ten people live with a disability. But modern technologies and sophisticated prostheses are making their everyday life easier. So-called human interfaces are technologies that in one form or another can be linked to human sensory organs and thus achieve some astonishing results.

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

    Globally, lights consume almost one fifth of all electrical energy produced. Modern LED technology helps not only to halve the power consumed by public lighting. It also can adjust the colour and brightness of light to the time of day and thus help stabilise human biorhythms. Learn more about the latest developments in modern lighting technologies.

  • WEATHER AND ARCHITECTURE

    WEATHER AND ARCHITECTURE

    Sea levels are rising and storms are becoming increasingly powerful. Climate change has serious consequences. Is our architecture still fulfilling its actual purpose – namely to protect us from the cold and heat, from rain and storms? We follow three visionary architects in their search for appropriate, future-proof solutions.

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

    Imagine driving to the opera, getting out of your car and leaving it to find a parking spot on its own while you go in to take your seat? Sounds convenient, doesn’t it? The global race to build the first autonomous car has already begun. In fact, vehicle manufacturers have been studying the concept of self-driving cars for over 60 years.

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ENERGY STORAGE – POWER ON DEMAND?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ENERGY STORAGE – POWER ON DEMAND?

    The consumption of electrical energy fluctuates constantly and renewable energy appears to have one major shortcoming: it is very difficult to regulate power generation from wind and water. What technological achievements have been made in the field of energy storage for the future?

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – BIOMASS – THE KEY TO THE MOVE TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – BIOMASS – THE KEY TO THE MOVE TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?

    In biogas power plants, bacteria break down biomass from agricultural waste to create biogas. As the waste used is not available in sufficient quantities, another renewable raw material is required. Grassland oil, sourced from grass, looks to be the perfect solution.

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATIONS

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATIONS

    For more than 5000 years, humankind has harnessed the power of water. Today, too, hydraulic power is the most important renewable energy source in the world. And yet the potential for large hydroelectric power plants and hydro dams appears exhausted. However, a somewhat different concept is starting to emerge: small-scale hydroelectric plants.