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Donated organs are a rare and precious gift — but, unfortunately, some can’t actually be used because they don’t offer much hope of a successful transplant. An EU-funded research project focusing on kidneys and livers has set out to improve the odds. Read more
Solar eruptions release huge amounts of energetic particle radiation. While most of these events will only affect satellites and other spacecraft, particularly large eruptions will also make themselves felt on Earth – in aviation and radio communication, for example. The EU-funded SEPServer project has developed a web-based tool to help scientists investigate solar energetic particles (SEP) and their origin. Read more
The challenges affecting a regional sea cannot be tackled effectively by individual countries acting alone. Nor can they be addressed without a thorough understanding of the relevant facts and processes. The states bordering the Baltic Sea are cooperating in a joint research programme to provide policy-makers with the information they need to achieve greater sustainability. Read more
Technology capable of quickly detecting the tiniest of flaws in automotive parts could help reduce production stoppages and costly vehicle recalls. The next step is to create new opportunities for SMEs by bringing this innovation to market. Read more
Tales of invincible ‘super rats’ sweeping across towns and cities are no longer so far from the truth. There are around 60 billion rats on the planet – eight rats for every human! One pair can produce 3 650 young in a year, and each new generation is more resistant than the last to every pest controller’s most powerful weapon: rat poison. Read more
European researchers report a breakthrough technique paving the way for the first-ever stem cell-derived brain cell transplantations in people with Parkinson’s disease. Meanwhile, research on brain cell reprogramming is moving towards potential application for Huntington’s disease. Read more
EU-funded researchers have developed a driver’s seat and seatbelt from smart textiles that measure heart and breathing rates. Detecting if drivers are showing signs of fatigue behind the wheel and somehow alerting them to the fact, the system could prevent thousands of fatalities every year. Read more
For years, the European Space Agency (ESA) has been studying the Earth's magnetosphere – a 'bubble' in which the Earth's magnetic field is present. Huge amounts of supporting data have been gathered. EU-funded researchers have made this data available in an easy-to-use, open-access format, giving scientists the information they need to improve space weather forecasting – important for protecting European satellite and ground-based infrastructure. Read more
EU-funded researchers have used novel carbon materials to make lightweight, energy-efficient supercapacitors, the energy storage devices that supply power to electric vehicles during acceleration. Their work promises to extend the distance electric vehicles can travel before a recharge. This improved performance could boost their appeal on the market, help make EU manufacturers more competitive, and contribute to the EU’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
An EU-funded project has extracted enzymes found among Iceland’s volcanoes that could lead to more efficient and greener industrial processes – from making food to biofuels. A number of these enzymes have already been patented, ushering in a new generation of natural catalysts for chemical processes and helping industry become more competitive. Read more