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24/04/2015
Does Saturn’s moon Mimas have an underground ocean? EU-funded researchers think this is a distinct possibility. The clues are in the way the moon wobbles, which scientists now understand better. This breakthrough and others made by the ESPaCE project are providing new insights into the origins of our solar system. Read more
24/04/2015
A lack of clear data on how ecosystems deal with carbon dioxide has hindered understanding of how they are affected by land management and climate change. For a clear picture, scientists need accurate information on which ecosystems release or retain carbon and greenhouse gases (GHGs) and how much. Through detailed measurements and data analyses, EU researchers have the first answers to these pressing questions. Read more
24/04/2015
When Prof. Heino Falcke obtained an ERC grant to study and identify the sources of ultra-high energy cosmic rays, back in 2008, he could not imagine that his research would provide an important clue to better understand lightning and thunderclouds much closer to us. His team indeed realized that cosmic rays, originating in outer space and striking the Earth from all directions, can provide a near instantaneous 'picture' of the electric fields in clouds. Read more
22/04/2015
Climate change may influence the prevalence of various deadly diseases. But with the future climate still clouded in uncertainty, we can neither predict the precise impact nor prepare for it. Having the right tools in place to make decisions is therefore crucial. This is the message that EU-funded HEALTHY FUTURES project is taking to the World Health Organisation – along with decision support tools that it has developed. Read more
22/04/2015
Africa’s dry climate and strong rural dependence on farming make drought a particular threat across the continent. Early warning and targeted action can limit the harm done – EU-funded research is connecting policy-makers to information that helps them identify risks and prevent problems. Read more
22/04/2015
EU-funded research has significantly boosted understanding of the links between climate, environment and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is feeding into global efforts to create an early warning system for major outbreaks of killer diseases such as malaria – and save lives. Read more
22/04/2015
The average car in Europe weighed around 1400 kg and emitted about 132 g of CO2 per kilometre travelled in 2012. Lower weight equals a decrease in fuel consumption and as a result CO2 emissions. An EU-funded project has developed two new high-volume materials that could help new car models lighten their emission load. Read more
22/04/2015
Language is at the heart of everyday communication. But we don’t all understand language in the same way, with prior information, age and cognitive ability playing a key role. An EU-funded network is studying how people in different ability and age groups perceive language. Its projects are developing tools and training software that could help people with disorders like autism communicate better. Read more
20/04/2015
Today’s powerful neuroimaging techniques can map the structure and function of a patient’s brain in great detail. They are crucial for the detection and treatment of many illnesses. Combining two key methods could provide even better brain scans, say EU-funded researchers who have built a prototype of an innovative hybrid instrument. Read more
20/04/2015
Rising temperatures in mountain regions could have a significant impact on ecosystems, societies and economies around the world over the coming decades, according to EU-funded researchers who led a landmark study into the effects of climate change on mountain water resources. Read more

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