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Robots the size of bacteria represent the future of medical surgery, ERC research team BOTMED have developed microrobots, currently being tested on animals, that will be able to enter the body through natural pathways and perform key medical procedures with minimal impact. This development is a step forward as important as the advent of endoscopic surgery in the 1980s. Read more
The human hand is a complex system of receptors, muscles and joints, making it hard to create a robot that can match not only its ability to move, but also to apply different levels of strength. Supported by the European Research Council (ERC), the SOFTHANDS team has succeeded in doing just this. Their prototype represents a great step-forward in robotics, since it is able to perform fine manipulations of a wide variety of objects. Read more
By studying the geology of Mars, the team behind project 'E-MARS' has been able to identify the ideal landing spot for the next European mission to the planet. The 2018 ESA expedition is part of the ExoMars programme, which is set to provide new information regarding one of the most outstanding scientific questions of our time: whether there is life on other planets. Read more
The project 'EARTH CORE STRUCTURE', funded by the European Research Council (ERC), has greatly improved the knowledge we have of the inside of our planet by determining a new method to understand its structure. The method uses knowledge from different disciplines and has helped scientists paint a picture of the Earth's core - more comprehensive than ever before. Read more
Breakthrough technologies developed by the EU-funded project DESCRAMBLE could allow Europe to exploit geothermal energy more efficiently and in more locations than is currently possible. The aim is to increase use of this renewable, clean energy source and reduce Europe's dependence on imported fossil fuels. Read more
A portable device to detect potential signs of cancer in a patient's urine is under development within the EU-funded research project GLAM. The project aims to speed up cancer diagnosis and monitoring, while making the process both less intrusive and less unpleasant. Read more
Malaria has always been the centre of attention for Dr Ali Salanti’s, a molecular parasitologist and an ERC grantee. With his studies, he hoped to bring new insight into pregnancy-associated malaria, to save the lives of women and their babies in areas affected by the disease. Now, Dr Salanti’s research has shifted to battling against another deadly disease: cancer. This comes after an unexpected discovery yielded ground-breaking results for the diagnosis and treatment of this illness. Read more
How close are we to developing a successful and comprehensive vaccine for cancer? ERC grantee Prof. Yvette van Kooyk thinks that a combination of glycobiology and immunology will lead us closer than ever before. Thanks to her ground-breaking multidisciplinary team and her new approach based on sugar receptors, she has developed a nanovaccine that promises to represent the future for cancer treatment. Read more
EU and euro-area policymakers are planning reforms to the common rules that underpin economic and monetary integration in Europe. To help, researchers in the EU-funded project ADEMU are developing proposals to guide the reforms. Read more
As the number of babies born prematurely continues to rise, the list of milk banks has also grown in length, particularly in Europe. But as Europe also tops another league table - that of alcohol consumption per capital - do doctors need to worry about the safety of donated breast milk? An EU-funded researcher plans to find out. Read more