Aalto in 2023: The most water-repellent surface ever, breakthroughs in space, feeling the love and more
Supercomputer simulations provide a better picture of the Sun’s magnetic field
The new findings challenge the conventional understanding of solar dynamics and could improve predictions of solar weather in the future.
Researchers create the most water-repellent surface ever
Revised method to create hydrophobic surfaces has implications for any technology where water meets a solid surface, from optics and microfluidics to cooking.
The world’s lightest revolution
Green hydrogen promises to turn Europe into an energy heavyweight, make traffic emission-free and replace carbon in steel manufacturing. But can it actually deliver – and how?
Time out! Rethinking Construction
Over one third of global carbon emissions are associated with the construction of the built environment. Construction is adversely affecting the climate, ecosystems, humans and non-humans every day. We’re now inviting architects, designers, engineers, material manufacturers, construction companies, policy makers and everyone living in the built environment to rethink our entire approach.
Let’s end fast fashion — and favour resilience over efficiency in all industries
Focusing on short-term profit isn’t sustainable, says Professor of Sustainability Management Minna Halme. So what can we do to move in the right direction?
Five things decision-makers should know about feeding the planet
Food prices have risen rapidly across much of the world in the past two years, with major political and economic consequences. With climate change threatening even greater disruptions, how can we adjust our food production systems to prevent future crises and reduce food inequality? Here’s some guidance from a team of food system experts.
AI is transforming healthcare: 5 things to know
From automated diagnoses to smart devices for monitoring health, artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are rapidly changing how healthcare is delivered. We asked two Aalto University experts about how AI is impacting healthcare services, the reliability and underlying mechanics of automated medicine, and why appropriate regulation and continuous validation of these technologies is vital.
Playing with the music of the brain
Common neurological disorders like depression and chronic pain can be challenging to treat with conventional methods. An automated version of a long-used brain stimulation technique holds real promise as a reliable and effective drug-free alternative.
How to see trees and plants in a whole new light
A hyperspectral snapshot captures all the light in a scene, not just colours or infrared light. The extra information is useful in many applications, from agriculture and conservation to forensics and food safety.
The path of least resistance
Antimicrobial resistance is causing a silent, stealthy pandemic – and the pipeline of new antibiotics is dwindling. The good news is that researchers are turning to other ways to fight bacteria, by targeting the very weapons they deploy during an infection.
Billions of individuals depend on security protocols crafted by Professor Emerita Kaisa Nyberg
Kaisa Nyberg's career has taken her from radio encryption algorithms to international standardisation work and finally to professor at Aalto University.
Albert Devasagayam Francis: We are bringing community gardening and beekeeping together
In the ‘Walk in my shoes’ interview, doctoral researcher of fusion plasma turbulence and Aalto beekeeper Albert Devasagayam Francis says that his main motivations are to realize nuclear fusion as a clean energy source and build communities around gardening and beekeeping. He started beekeeping at Aalto because bees are one of the key elements in maintaining balance in nature.
Walk in my shoes
If you would like to share your story for the Walk in My Shoes series, please contact Tiina Aulanko-Jokirinne. Walk in my shoes is part of the Aalto Cultural Development project led by Carita Pihlman.