Articles

ESMH regularly publishes articles on topics related to science and new technologies that provoke a lot of media attention and that are important in the European context. Most importantly, the articles are written with the help of science writers in journalistic style and always provide the opinion of one or more scientists on the topic. The publications are accompanied by a selection of links to related information and with a focus on European research and knowledge in the field.

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RNA technology already helped thousands of patients

"RNA-based technology can help babies with spinal muscular atrophy reach milestones such as sitting, standing and walking", says rare disease expert Prof. Annemieke Aartsma-Rus (Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands). This Wednesday 25 January the European Parliament's Panel for the Future of Science and Technology will hold its Annual Lecture on the future of RNA-based ...

Artificial Intelligence Conscience - Existential Risk from Artificial General Intelligence

Raising awareness of the societal impact of AI

Interview with Catelijne Muller, president of ALLAI, an independent organisation to promote responsible artificial intelligence (AI). She talks about her view on the public perception of AI. Ask teenagers to unlock their smartphones, open their social media apps and then show everything openly to their neighbor, and of course they will say: "No way we’re ...

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Drones to the rescue: how autonomous flying vehicles can save lives

Drones are already being used to save lives in medical and other emergencies. Now the aim is to make them more autonomous and efficient, helping them make the difference with less control from people.

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Talking sustainability on TikTok: how ‘eco-influencers’ communicate

Joachim Allgaier, Professor for Communication and Digital Society at Fulda University (Germany), co-authored an academic paper on environmental communication on TikTok. The study found that the rapidly growing social media platform could have the potential to deal with sustainability issues in short and punchy videos without neglecting the complexity of the topics. He spoke to ...

A forum to protect academic freedom in the EU

A forum to protect academic freedom in the EU

On 28 November 2022 the European Parliament President Roberta Metsola has launched the ‘EP Forum for Academic Freedom’ during a high-level conference hosted by the Panel for the future of Science and Technology (STOA). Many academics are working in increasingly hostile environments. This STOA initiative will monitor threats to the independence of researchers, scientists and ...

Quantum technology, chips and Europe's digital sovereignty

Quantum technology, chips and Europe’s digital sovereignty

We are now on the brink of a second quantum revolution: beyond simply understanding the quantum world, we are able to manipulate it. The potential future applications of this quantum technology are staggering: from ultra-fast computers to tamper-proof communications, from novel simulations of drug molecules to new industrial processes that vastly cut down on CO2 ...

Sad girl and exhausted on cracked dry ground, Concept drought and shortage of water crisis

Climate anxiety and young people

Young people are worried about climate change. Negative emotions can disrupt rest, which in turn can affect their mental health. However, climate anxiety can also drive young people to act. There is no way to prevent young people, even children, from knowing what is happening with the world. It's on the news, it's discussed in ...

Researchers working in the clinical laboratory

Prof. Stéphanie Ruphy: Research integrity is about trust

Dr Stéphanie Ruphy is Professor of philosophy of science at the École normale supérieure - Université PSL in Paris. She is currently the Director of the French Office for Research Integrity. She recently helped draft a research integrity oath for Ph.D.s in France. We discuss with her research ethics and integrity in practice. Most people ...