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06/05/2014
Packaging materials can use up precious raw materials and are often difficult to dispose of. The European Union (EU)-funded SUCCIPACK project demonstrated ways of using a new material for the food packaging industry – bio-based polybutylene succinate (PBS) – that is expected to significantly reduce the environmental impact. Read more
06/05/2014
Cities can be magnets for people, business and culture, as well as drivers for progress. Yet as they continue to grow, they strain to cope with the new demands, including the environmental costs of heavier transport and industry. The European Union (EU)-funded research project TURAS is addressing these issues by testing new ideas to help cities manage these challenges. Read more
05/05/2014
Our ageing population is changing our society's dynamics and our economy. By 2050 there will only be two (instead of 4) Europeans of working age for each person over 65, and within a decade Europe will need to care for an estimated 84 million people with age-related health problems. Read more
05/05/2014
At 94, Grandma Lea could not live alone anymore but wanted to stay at home. In our ageing society, many elderly people are in the same situation. Robotics offers a safe and affordable solution. Read more
02/05/2014
Today’s public displays effectively disappear: people have become so accustomed to their low utility that they ignore them. However, researchers on the FET-funded PD-NET project believe that public displays of the 21st century should not disappear. Instead, displays should become the backbone of a new global communications medium. Read more
30/04/2014
A clear understanding of how environmental factors can affect historical buildings and structures is vital for their long-term conservation. To date, monitoring systems have focused on a limited range of environmental pressures, such as air pollution and temperature, but the system designed and commercialised by the European Union (EU)-funded SMooHS project widens the range of factors monitored and analysed, thus allowing better protective measures to be taken. Read more
30/04/2014
The variety of life contained in our oceans plays a vital role in preserving the planet’s equilibrium and in contributing to human quality of life. Healthy marine ecosystems provide a range of precious services. Read more
30/04/2014
Malarial infections during pregnancy can be a particular problem in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains a widespread hazard to human health. Such infections can bring serious complications during pregnancy, including stillbirth, premature birth and low birth-weight, as well as severe risks to the mother's health. Read more
30/04/2014
Cancer drugs save lives, but they are highly toxic. Using the right amounts is crucial. EU-funded research focusing on doxorubicin, one of the main drugs used in chemotherapy, has generated new knowledge that will help to refine the dosages for children. Read more

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