Aalto in 2022: Perpetual motion machine, The Wardrobe of the Future, Antarctica expedition and more
Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy
How do you create a virtual telescope the size of the Earth to capture a target 27,000 light years away? Read more about the spectacular international collaboration stunt, in which Aalto was naturally involved!
Changes to animal feed could supply food for one billion people
Did you know that about a third of the grain grown worldwide and a quarter of the fish caught are fed to farmed animals? If livestock were to eat more crop residues instead, for example, ingredients suitable for humans would be released to meet the nutritional needs of up to one billion people, Professor Matti Kummu's research group showed.
Researchers will use the world’s most accurate radiation detector in quantum computers
Quantum computer qubits cannot be read without a state-of-the-art radiation detector. Read how our researchers developed it together with colleagues from VTT, and what else the bolometer can be used for.
Perpetual motion is possible – Scientists at Aalto University’s Low Temperature Lab observed the interaction of two time-crystals that bend the laws of physics
In quantum physics, things that seem impossible may well be possible. One of them is perpetual movement whose existence was demonstrated in an intriguing time crystal experiment.
Ice scientist Jukka Tuhkuri embarked on seven-week expedition to the Antarctic – topics of study included the changing ice conditions and compressive forces on ships
In addition to fascinating research, Professor Jukka Tuhkuri was able to enjoy magnificent landscapes and see old acquaintances: penguins, whales and albatross.
Elina Koivisto and Maiju Suomi designed a giant insect hotel in the middle of the city, that makes people feel good, too
Two Aalto-born architects wanted to create experimental, ambitious and ecological architecture that affects many senses and does not separate nature and people. A pollinators' sanctuary, Alusta, was created. It is built from clay and covered in plants to bring biodiveristy to the inner courtyard of the Design Museum of Helsinki.
Kalle Airo: 'For an entrepreneurial mind, a problem is an opportunity, not a threat'
Kalle Airo was appointed Head of Entrepreneurial Mindset at Aalto University in September. For him, the attitude towards problems is at the core of the entrepreneurial mindset.
A skin-stroking device could help curb alcohol cravings
Around three out of four people with alcohol problems are left untreated globally, partly due to the stigma related to treatments and partly due to long waiting lists for treatment. Aalto researchers work with substance abuse treatment experts to develop the first technology-based device that supports sobriety alongside other treatments such as psychosocial treatment and pharmacotherapy.
An eco-filling to replace down
A hundred years ago, cattail fluff was used as life vest filling – now a Finnish company wants the eco-friendly material for pillows and winter coats. Restoring peat bogs for cattail cultivation would also significantly reduce Finland’s emissions, according to the company.
Aalto University becomes a founding partner in Ioncell Oy
Ioncell® technology enables the production of high-quality textile fibres from wood and cellulosic textile waste in an ecologically sustainable way. Over the next 10 years, Ioncell Oy aims to have a 5-10% share of the international textile fibre market of over EUR 200 billion, which would bring the company hundreds of millions in licensing revenue.
Ending energy imports from Russia could cut other electricity imports to Finland – model shows what chain reaction could mean for the security of supply
Energy researchers and economists joined forces and produced risk analysis and proposals for measures for decision-makers.
The Wardrobe of the Future went to Brussels
Aalto’s exhibition 'The Wardrobe of the Future' was on display from 29 November to 1 December 2022 under the patronage of the European Parliament and hosted by Member of the EU Parliament Henna Virkkunen.
'We need to involve all stakeholders to construct a better and more sustainable balance in the textile and fashion system', says professor Kirsi Niinimäki from Aalto University.
Hot weather can turn homes into perilous infernos – researchers are now examining future needs for cooling
A hot summer can cause the deaths of up to 400 people in Finland, and climate change will make the heat more severe and more frequent. A new research project examines the temperatures of buildings and how they affect the comfort level of people – and seeks effective means of cooling that are also easy to employ.