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05/08/2015
If there’s one thing North Africa has in abundance, it is sun – and with it, the potential for cheap, plentiful solar power. An EU-funded project is adapting solar technology to the region’s environment and infrastructure, while building local research capacity in the field. Read more
05/08/2015
Plants are increasingly traded across borders. But they don’t travel alone – tiny pests can travel with them, some of these are damaging for local crops and other plants. An EU-funded project has made it easier for plant protection agencies to identify pests, stop them spreading and support safer trade. Read more
05/08/2015
The ability to observe very high energy gamma radiation has opened a new window on the universe, and researchers around the world are keen to seize the new opportunities it offers. As part of an EU-funded project, they have created an international alliance to move beyond current experimental instruments towards a major telescope array for this new type of observation. Read more
05/08/2015
Research infrastructures provide the tools scientists need to understand the world and, in some cases, make it a better place. But these resources – from telescopes to biobanks, and from museum archives to wave energy test sites – cost more than most countries can afford. The EU-funded PAERIP project has started the ball rolling for new partnerships to share resources between Europe and Africa Read more
05/08/2015
With cures increasingly available for infectious diseases that hit the world’s poorest regions, doctors need low-cost diagnostic tests to use these new treatments. An EU-funded project helps identify these diseases from early symptoms, saving lives and cutting healthcare costs. Read more
05/08/2015
A large number of small communities and towns in Africa suffer from a lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation – a major health risk. To help, an EU-funded project has developed a planning tool they can use to decide on the most appropriate solutions. Read more
05/08/2015
Scientists have long suspected that the acidification of our seas may harm their flora and fauna. But the likely impact in the Mediterranean was a mystery – until now. The knowledge on acidification gained by EU-funded researchers is of great concern – the team is now calling for urgent action to protect the Mediterranean Sea’s precious biodiversity and its many other benefits. Read more
04/08/2015
Why do people break the law? Are the risks of punishment too low or sentences too lenient? These are the wrong questions, say European researchers studying criminal trends, attitudes towards crime, and the impact of technology and EU mobility on our justice system. Their work is set to have a profound impact on policymaking for “trust-based” justice in Europe. Read more
04/08/2015
GEOSS is not just a system of systems, it is also a community of communities — a global ecosystem of groups and entities that provide or use earth observation data. An EU-funded project has smoothed the path for new members joining this growing alliance, notably by developing guidance for future contributors and setting up a stakeholder network. Read more
04/08/2015
Why should gluten intolerance condemn people to a lifetime of limited – and often bland – food choices? By using new innovative ingredients and techniques to replicate the taste and texture of gluten, an EU-funded project has taken impressive steps to ensure that nothing is off the menu. The project’s techniques are also helping Europe’s smaller food manufacturers develop new products for the gluten-free market, helping them compete. Read more

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