Linda Bak

Linda Bak is a writer with a fascination for statistics. In addition to words, she also uses figures to tell journalistic stories. She is always looking for new facts and special developments in her city.

Start-up of the Day: Smart monitor saves babies’ lives in Africa

More than thirty babies on an incubator ward with a single nurse. This is quite normal in African hospitals. The nurse is always busy with the day-to-day care. Identifying early symptoms of disease is difficult then. Monitors for keeping an eye on the heartbeat or blood pressure (such as we are...

EU budget for research and innovation is utterly inadequate

The European Union (EU) must drastically increase the budget for research and innovation. That is the view of Jan van den Biesen, an independent Dutch policy advisor. Horizon Europe, the successor to Horizon 2020, is the latest program where European scientists and research projects can secure...

TU Eindhoven aims for a leading role in European research

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) aims to take the lead in European research projects over the coming year. These are research projects within Horizon Europe, the new program that the European Union will be using to support research and innovation from 2021 onwards. TU/e wants to raise...

This is the healthcare of the future, but who’s going to pay for it?

The population is rising and we are getting older and older. As a result, healthcare is becoming more and more expensive. We need to redesign our systems in order to keep healthcare manageable and affordable. Technology can play an important role in this. For example, two start-ups in the South...

Faster Netflix? Yes, but 5G is especially important for innovation

In the coming year you will be able to use the new mobile network 5G at initial locations in the Netherlands. Apart from providing faster Netflix streaming, the network contributes to developments such as autonomous driving. The 5G network is faster and more reliable than its 4G predecessor and...

Start-up of the Day: ‘Every child should learn how to program’

The digital world is expanding all the time. ICT plays a significant role in this. Basic knowledge about programming is becoming more and more important in order to hold your own as a person and an employee in this rapidly developing world and labour market. Programming and coding are gradually...

Start-up of the Day: Convert your old diesel into a hybrid

We have to abandon fossil fuels. Combustion engines in cars and vans are being replaced by batteries. Electric driving is a good solution for passenger cars, but for vans it is more complicated. Fully electric vans often have insufficient charging capacity as the batteries are already relatively...

The autonomous Haga Shuttle: a fine match between man and machine

The population and the economy in the Metropolitan region of Rotterdam and The Hague (MRDH) are on the rise. There are more and more train and subway passengers and the number of cars and trucks is steadily increasing. However, the railway and road networks cannot expand any further owing to a...

Shore power makes shipping cleaner again

The energy transition is in full swing. Huge efforts are underway to reduce the emissions of CO2 and other pollutants. Some sectors are succeeding better and better, but it remains difficult for the shipping industry. That is why the port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe, is working hard...

Reach climate targets? Convert CO2 into formic acid

Simply reducing CO2 emissions is probably not enough to meet the Paris climate targets. The amount of CO2 that’s already in the air must also be lowered. Students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have come up with an innovative solution: They want to convert CO2 into formic acid....

Smarter innovation with Asperger’s

Students of today are the engineers of the future. They are facing major societal challenges in areas such as sustainability and the environment. But what is it like to work on a groundbreaking innovation when you are in your twenties? A new year offers new opportunities. This year Dirk van Meer,...

How innovation works: “Humans must become a kind of God for robots”

  Innovation Origins regularly speaks to innovation leaders, trendsetters who are high on the innovation ladder. In this series they offer look behind the scenes in their world. Today Carlo van de Weijer has his say. The director of the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute...

[UPDATE] How we can lower the risk of antimicrobial resistance

An ever-increasing proportion of bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Overuse or misuse of antibiotics causes bacteria to become immune to them. This is the reason why antibiotics no longer work effectively against infections in human beings. A faster method for identifying which...

How seaweed contributes to sustainable food production

Seaweed. You no doubt recognize it as the green stuff that tickles your feet when you swim in the sea. That creepy stuff can help solve social problems such as the impending food shortage and the transition towards green energy. It can even contribute to reducing greenhouse gas methane emissions....

‘Faster transition using a scale model for sustainable energy’

An interactive model that shows the consequences of sustainable energy on the TU/e campus. Team RED wants to use their tool to support policymakers in decisions on the construction of, for example, solar panels or a wind turbine. The student team at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) wants...

How technology can reduce stress

On a busy day, just do a brief breathing exercise to reduce or avoid stress. Industrial Design student at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Brigitte van der Lugt, has integrated technology into clothing in order to be able to do that. She is presenting her concept at the Drivers of Change...

Sustainable housing? Combine existing technologies for the best results

A sustainable house covering a variety of aspects, from the drawing to the execution and the completion. Team CASA, a student team from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), combines existing technologies in one house with the aim of accelerating the energy transition. During the Dutch Design...

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