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Freshwater habitats covering more than 80% of the Earth’s land surface have been catalogued in an EU-funded research project, yet even in Europe our knowledge of freshwater biodiversity is far from complete. Read more
A+, A++, even A+++. Looking at energy efficiency labels, it is hard to believe that some household appliances such as fridges could yet be made even more energy-efficient. EU-funded researchers have forged ahead in developing a technology that might achieve just that: magnetic cooling. Read more
An EU-funded project has accelerated the development of vaccines for diseases such as Lyme disease, malaria, tuberculosis, dengue, influenza, mumps, whooping cough, pneumonia, HIV, and two types of cancer. Their work could lead to new, more effective vaccines – potentially saving millions of people from disease. Read more
An artificial intelligence-based system developed by EU-funded researchers for the plastic injection moulding industry promises to boost productivity, cut time to market, reduce scrap and lower costs. This comes at a time of rapid change and rising competition for one of Europe’s largest manufacturing sectors. Read more
EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative, cost-effective and green method for recycling polystyrene packaging – such as those used to pack large quantities of fish – thanks in part to a solvent used in chewing gum. The project consortium is currently in discussions with various plastics companies and recycling firms about commercialising the technology. Read more
A consortium of EU researchers, software developers and standardisation bodies is creating a new business ecosystem to unleash the power of the Internet of Things for every type of user – from shoppers and motorists to holidaymakers and sports enthusiasts. Read more
EU-funded researchers are developing new materials to replace a rare and increasingly expensive component of ‘spin electronic’ devices such as hard disk drives and magnetic memories. This ground-breaking work, which the team plans to patent and commercialise, should lead to substantial cost reductions for the electronics industry and advance the development of new memory technologies. Read more
These new industrial partners will bring in complementary competences and capabilities in specific areas, such as aerostructures manufacturing, biosensors, and supercapacitors. Read more
ADSEAT’s EvaRID, a virtual crash test dummy representing an average woman, is currently available on the market through Humanetics. The ADSEAT partner, the world’s largest supplier of crash test dummies, sells EvaRID through a commercial software licence. Read more
Knee implants made from high-strength silk scaffolds developed by EU-funded project Silkbone will undergo clinical trials this year. If successful, the tests will mark a major step toward commercialisation of the first medical product on the market based on research by Silkbone, which ended in 2008. Read more