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Scientists at the VERE project have developed tools providing people with the opportunity to experience life in someone else's skin using virtual reality, as a means of helping people shed racial stereotypes. Understand the power that virtual embodiment has in cognitives sciences with the testimonial Mel Slater at University College London and the University of Barcelona. Read more
Commission concludes that the German regulator's approach to set fixed termination rates (FTRs) does not follow the EU recommended approach and leads to competition and consumer harm. As a result, the Commission requires BNetzA to withdraw its proposal or to amend it in order to bring it in line with the Commission's guidelines. Read more
This year's Nobel Prize laureate Prof. E. Moser is leading the FET GRIDMAP project which aims to better understand the processes used by the mammalian brain to generate and read spatial information. Prof. E. Moser is joining the prestigious list of 9 Nobel Prize laureates that chose the FET programme to collaborate with the best scientists in Europe on ambitious scientific endeavours. Read more
The European Commission just published a report on the telecommunications market and regulation in the EU, showing that investment in the field starts to grow again, data traffic is growing quickly, together with an increase in VoIP calls. However, huge discrepancies still exist among EU countries. Read more
European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes has named Clear Returns the winner of "Tech All Stars", an EU-wide search to find Europe's best young startup company and celebrate European entrepreneurship. Read more
In Germany, all 116 numbers are currently operational Read more
Every year hundreds of thousands of people die because of infections that have become resistant to treatment. A new data-mining, clinical monitoring and decision-support system, developed by EU-funded researchers, offers a powerful new weapon in the war on resistance to antibiotics. According to the World Health Organisation, around 440,000 new cases of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis emerge annually, causing at least 150,000 deaths. The DebugIT project developed a system to monitor antimicrobial resistance using data from different hospitals, identify trends showing which types of bacteria are becoming resistant to certain types of antibiotics, and then use that knowledge to implement courses of treatment with more effective drugs. Read more