Where is our long-term vision?
Much is at stake for our future. But it is precisely in times of crisis that long-term thinking is crucial, argues Rudy van Belkom, director of the The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT), in this essay (in English).
Science of Star Wars
The latest instalment in the Star Wars saga – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – has arrived. Might our world be transitioning to a society filled with Star Wars-like technologies?
Sustainable Amsterdam hotel capitalizes on the sun
Hotel Breeze, that will open its doors in Amsterdam this spring, uses sunlight to heat water for the showers and heating in hotel rooms. Meanwhile, a cascade of droplets powers the ventilation.
Vopak sticks solar cells on storage tank
The Dutch terminal operator Koninklijke Vopak has scored a first this week, by sticking solar foil to the roof of one of its oil storage tanks in Vlaardingen.
'Vegetated foreshores support dikes'
Dikes protected by vegetated foreshores require less raising and reinforcing than is often planned presently, according to civil engineer Vincent Vuik in his PhD thesis. He received his doctorate from Delft University of Technology on Wednesday.
Fight fear of heights with an app
You can now work on losing your fear of heights with a smartphone, a pair of cheap VR glasses and an app developed in the Netherlands.
Engineering masterpiece delivered for satellite
The Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON) has delivered the first three prism lattices for the Sentinel-5 satellite. These high-tech lattices will play an indispensable role in the satellite’s task, which is to observe Earth.
Delft Silverwing through to final
Silverwing, an electric single-person aircraft designed by a team of students from Delft University of Technology, has won the second round of the international GoFly competition, the organisation announced earlier this week.
Experiment by Dutch students selected for rocket launch
How do you determine the exact location of a rocket travelling at 1,500 metres per second towards its target? To answer that question, a team of students from Eindhoven and Nijmegen will be testing some new technology in Sweden next week.
KIVI award for Delft professor
KIVI, the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers, has awarded the Academic Society Award 2019 to Delft professor Andy van den Dobbelsteen. The award honours professors who conduct research of major social importance, and who make efforts to generate discussions with society.
'Delft can become the quantum capital of Europe'
Last week, the Microsoft Quantum Lab was officially opened in the physics faculty at Delft University of Technology. Physicist Leo Kouwenhoven will be working there alongside the software giant to create a new kind of quantum computer.
Eelco Osse: Sustainable machines
Leaving a cleaner earth for our children: that's what Eelco Osso really wants. The entrepreneur from Almelo is one of the three nominees for the Prince Friso Engineering Award.
Almer van der Stoel: Risk management
Next to the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre lies an enormous hole from which a large hotel is to rise at some point. The building site is positioned near a tram track, a motorway runs past it and the North-South metro line also has to be taken into account. ‘Before you start building there, you have to examine very closely the impact it will have on all these local factors,’ says dr.ir.ing. Almer van der Stoel. You don't want the tram track to subside or cracks to appear in the A10 motorway.
Maja Rudinac: Robo assistance at home
People who are not strong enough to walk or who may sometimes lose their way due to dementia, are at risk of becoming isolated. Maja Rudinac has developed Lea, a robot in the form of a walker. Rudinac is one of the three nominees for the Prince Friso Engineering Award.
Vote for engineer of the year
Who will be the winner of the Prince Friso Engineering Award? And who will win the Public Award? You can now vote for one of the three nominees: Eelco Osse, Maja Rudinac and Almer van der Stoel.