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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Next-generation electric motor hits the road

Image of the electric car surrounded by virtual iconsIs it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them. Read more

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Green gold in our sea water

Photo of the 'green' goldMicroscopic green algae may be the scourge of swimming pools, but scientists and businesses have started cultivating them on a large scale to explore how they could in fact improve our lives in a sustainable way. Read more

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Protecting communities from the effects natural disasters

the hydroelectric dam in IdahoDamage and loss from flash floods, landslides and avalanches have increased in recent decades, and experts predict a further increase in intensity, frequency and impact. The EU-funded CHANGES project has developed modelling tools that can help governments to at least ensure such events are less catastrophic. Some of the tools are already being used. Read more

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

An underwater kite built to harness tidal energy

Photo of the drone in actionIt looks like a big toy, but it's a technological jewel designed to produce energy from the tides. It is a prototype kite, very different to those used for flying. Its design allows it to glide underwater at speeds up to ten times faster than the tides themselves. Read more

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Keeping Europeans safe and more resilient in a crisis

Picture of Japan great earthquake disasterThe EU-funded DARWIN project is developing and testing European resilience management guidelines together with crisis and resilience practitioners. The objective is to make Europe a safer and more resilient place for its citizens. Read more

Monday, 21 August 2017

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