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20/05/2014 - 14:33
We’ve all dreaded the moment, as we’re driving along, when the car starts to shake or rumble for no apparent reason. Or wondered nervously at the shuddering of an aeroplane as it takes off or lands. But what causes such vibrations? An EU-funded project to develop sensor systems that collect vibration information is yielding potentially game-changing results. Read more
16/05/2014 - 12:58
New tumour profiling methods developed by EU-funded researchers aim to help doctors adjust treatments for colorectal cancer to the specific needs of an individual patient. The methods are currently at the trial stage and could be in use in clinics within three years. Read more
16/05/2014 - 12:30

BIKE INTERMODAL, an EU-funded research project, combines two or more modes of transportation, in this case, cycling with public commuting or driving.

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15/05/2014 - 17:49
Compared to smaller vessels, the largest container ships afloat are likelier to pick up vibrations caused by waves. These vibrations can cause structural damage, potentially endangering lives. This difference must be taken into account when new ultra-large container ships (ULCSs) are built. EU-funded research has charted a course towards safer ship design. Read more
15/05/2014 - 12:19
The EU-funded ELUBSYS project developed a radically new approach to lubricating an aircraft’s turbine engines that reduces oil consumption. The innovation could result in more efficient jet engines that burn less oil and fuel – a boon for the airline industry and the environment. Read more
15/05/2014 - 11:50
Increasing pressures on Europe’s marine and coastal areas, particularly around the Mediterranean and Black Seas, highlight the need for these areas to become more resilient to human activities and natural change. There is a large scientific research effort already underway to identify some of the environmental baselines, but the challenge now lies in turning that knowledge into effective decision-making. Read more
15/05/2014 - 11:32
Understanding the cell changes associated with cancer will provide vital clues for both detecting and treating the disease. The EU-funded GlycoBioM project is contributing with tools to pinpoint disease indicators. And three years into the project, the team has already come up with a method to reduce false-positive cancer diagnoses. Read more
14/05/2014 - 13:24
EU-funded researchers are bringing important in-flight aircraft testing technologies from the lab bench to the production line, for substantial cost, time and safety benefits. Read more
13/05/2014 - 16:52
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and the Centre for Disability Law & Policy at the National University of Ireland (Galway) congratulate Magdi Birtha on becoming the first ever recipient of the international Carla Vlaskamp early career award. The award is given in recognition of the lifetime achievements of Professor Vlaskamp (University of Groningen) in placing a focus on the voice and rights of persons with profound intellectual disabilities. It enables a young researcher to present at the World Conference of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD). Read more
06/05/2014 - 18:19
The world’s dependence on plastic, a material less than 100 years old, is a growing concern for today’s societies. We use almost 20 times more plastic now than in the 1950s, and while recycling is on the rise, the disposal of non-recyclable plastic waste is still an issue. In the United Kingdom (UK) alone, 15 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day, most of which end up in landfill sites, where they can remain for up to 500 years. The lack of specialised recycling infrastructures capable of dealing with plastic waste further increases the problem. Read more