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21/05/2015
Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centres, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy. Read more
19/05/2015
Heart attacks leave scars on the cardiac muscle — and if the scar is large, it can gradually weaken the organ’s ability to pump blood. Stem cell therapy can help to regenerate the damaged tissue. An EU-funded project has set out to advance the state of the art. Read more
06/05/2015
You can’t see it, you can’t touch it, nor is it something you could hear, taste or smell. Dark matter is all around us, and its mass produces measurable gravitational effects. Other than that, it interacts with the visible universe even less than previously thought, according to the results of recent EU-funded research. Read more
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
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
15/04/2015
The main objective of the EU-funded project called "GrowMeUp" is to develop and test an innovative robot (the GrowMu robot), which will support the needs of older people (65+) in their daily life activities. Eight companies and research organizations from five European countries, led by the University of Coimbra (Portugal) will cooperate towards the development of the GrowMeUp system and test it with real users from two European countries (the Netherlands and Portugal). Read more
13/04/2015
The recently launched MARIO project is to address the difficult challenges of loneliness, isolation and dementia in older persons through innovative and multi-faceted inventions delivered by service robots. It is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It assembles a team of international experts from academia, industry and dementia groups to work collaboratively in tackling the burdens imposed by dementia and developing innovative solutions using caring robots. Read more
13/04/2015
EU-funded research has shown that natural rubber from home-grown dandelions and guayule could be used for tyres. Researchers and industry are now working together to scale up production – paving the way for Europe to reduce its dependence on rubber imports and to boost competitiveness. Read more
09/04/2015
Injection moulding is the most common method for manufacturing plastic parts, from bottle caps and pocket combs to mechanical components and medical devices. But it has its limitations. An EU-funded team has created the first commercial moulding machine that uses ultrasound to overcome those confines. The technology has already been sold to European and US companies. Read more
08/04/2015
According to research, 90% of people who are advised to change their lifestyle after a serious medical event, fail to do so. To help them, experts from the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and a hospital in Taiwan will link inputs from medical devices, nutritional sensors, doctors and consultants, thus creating a new health ecosystem that puts the user at the centre. Read more

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