In addition to being wonderful to walk in or look at, snow also has a sound-absorbing effect. Let's use nature more often as a source of inspiration for our technological innovation.
Good intentions are hard to keep up, notes columnist Mary Fiers. This year she wants to lose digital weight by spending less time on Facebook and Twitter and expanding her real social network.
The shortage of (ground)water is considerable. Yet the Dutch city of Eindhoven has been pumping up its groundwater surpluses for years to stay dry. Mary Fiers calls for a more sustainable solution.
Less cuddly than a panda, but just as important: the earthworm. For the Dutch province of Brabant it is so valuable that it should be chosen as its symbol, according to IO columnist Mary Fiers.
For many years Eindhoven was a twin city of Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Former councilwoman and columnist Mary Fiers reflects on a dark page in the history of the country.
A lot is needed to seriously tackle the problem of dichotomy within Brainport, Mary Fiers says. "Are we going to take the step towards a broad approach to prosperity together?"
Over the past few weeks, you could smell it on a regular basis. The lovely smell of a heavy downpour after a warm sultry day. […]
At one of the press conferences on corona held by the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, I heard him say we must now “decide for 100 […]
The coronavirus is killing people. All over the world. The battle with the virus is fought to the death in vast numbers of intensive care […]
A year ago, many people in the Netherlands had never even heard of it. But right now, the nitrogen crisis is dominating the political and […]
You probably didn’t miss it last week. There is a problem with too much nitrogen in the Netherlands. A lot of people will have thought […]
Perhaps fairy tales have many hidden negative effects on the Dutch in later life. We grew up with Little Red Riding Hood and the evil […]
Last week I thought back a little wistfully on a few years ago. It must have been sometime around 2006. I had become the happy […]
As the name suggests, the Netherlands is a low-lying country. As much as 26% is below sea level and 59% of the Dutch land surface […]
Anyone who followed the news last week can’t have missed it. Scientists worldwide are ringing the alarm bells. Nature is deteriorating on “all fronts” at […]
The world is changing. And our Brabant landscape is changing along with it. That will always be the case. Business as usual, one would say. […]
Light is the city of light; But not light like a feather. The light of this city; is because of a bulb! A world-famous poem […]
Cities, including yours, can exist thanks to the ‘hinterland’. After all, the food of all city dwellers is produced in that hinterland. For an average […]
In a weekly column, alternately written by Maarten Steinbuch, Mary Fiers, Carlo van de Weijer, Lucien Engelen, Tessie Hartjes and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries […]
In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Mary Fiers, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Tessie Hartjes, and Auke Hoekstra, Innovation Origins tries […]