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29/10/2014 - 10:57
The EU-funded project EPIFEMCARE is developing blood tests that could lead to the earlier detection of ovarian and breast cancers, fewer over-diagnoses of breast cancer and improved personalised care. Read more
28/10/2014 - 16:29
Composite materials have become increasingly important in improving our quality of life as they are widely used in flight vehicles, cars, boats, pipelines, buildings, roads, bridges, and dozens of other products. More and more, researchers are finding new ways to improve the numerous qualities of composites so they may be strong, lightweight, durable and cheap to produce. Read more
28/10/2014 - 15:28
A solar sail almost four times the size of the city of Paris could be one of the fastest ways across the solar system, as long as it is made out of microscopic charged wires. EU-funded ESAIL project is exploring an avenue that could skirt this obstacle. The project is pioneering a sail design that intercepts charged particles in the solar wind. Read more
28/10/2014 - 01:00
Written in cooperation with Inria, France European Research Council (ERC) grantee Dr Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, is today presenting the first complete open-source 3D printed humanoid robot, called “Poppy” (@poppy_project). Poppy is a robot that anybody can build – its body is 3D printed and its behaviour programmed by the user. Read more
27/10/2014 - 13:12
Chemists can help create a wide range of plastics from polymers, which are large molecule strings made of repeated sub-units. When chemists come up with a new idea for a plastic, it can sometimes involve a trial-and-error process of mixing elements in the laboratory. To assist with this, the European Union (EU)-funded NANOPOLY research fellows have developed a new software tool to model the polymer molecules on a nano-scale. Read more
27/10/2014 - 12:43
A Marie Curie research fellow, Oya Aran, has paved the way for the development of computer techniques that could automatically reveal meaning from body language and other visual cues, predict people's mood and help improve, she says, “collective decision-making”. The scientist studied 100 people interacting in small groups, using computer vision, audio processing and “machine learning” to detect dominance and emergent leadership. Read more
27/10/2014 - 01:00
Today, in most developed countries, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8. Clinical trials have shown that despite its effectiveness, chemotherapy can also cause long- term side-effects like secondary cancers, cardiac toxicity (damage caused to the heart by toxins), early menopause and a reduction in cognitive functions. It is also assumed that between 12 and 20% of early breast cancer patients are over-treated. Read more
24/10/2014 - 16:26
Much as we try to evade it, age catches us all. But are there ways to reverse or slow down the ageing process at a cellular level? An international project examining the biological changes that occur inside our bodies looked at the role of stem cells in organs and tissues, which could lead to a radical new understanding of ageing. Read more
24/10/2014 - 16:10
The European Union (EU) has maintained a very rich scientific and technological relationship with its largest neighbouring country, Russia. In fact, since 2005, both the EU and Russia have committed to creating a “Common Space on Research, Education and Culture”. The BILAT-RUS and ERA.Net RUS projects are two key initiatives for developing this “Common Space”. Both projects have strived for durable partnerships and bilateral research programmes between the EU and Russia. Read more
21/10/2014 - 19:40
Is a cancer treatment working? Often doctors won’t know for months. By developing a new technique that quickly reveals a tumour through its metabolic consumption of glucose, an EU-funded project has reduced that delay. This gives doctors precious time in which to switch to a more effective treatment if necessary – potentially saving lives. Read more