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Week 22

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

Week 21

Friday, 20 May 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Liquid assets: how to test recycled water on the cheap
      Photo of tomato proccessing plant With water shortages a growing problem around the world recycling waste water has become increasingly important. European researchers have come up with a cheap and efficient tool to control the safety standards of waste water in a development that should boost the recycling effort.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Making the most of microalgae
      Image of the outdoor photobioreactors of microalgae production in CadizWhat could be the next new super crop? How about microalgae? An EU-funded project is developing technology to grow and use these single-celled plants. Already used in health-food supplements, the crop has potential to green existing industries and develop new ones.

  • Success Stories
    • What does aspirin do to you?
      Photo of a couple of aspirins Acetylsalicylic acid, most commonly known as aspirin, was already part of the Egyptian pharmacopeia, used also in ancient Greece and in the Middle Ages to break fevers. Taken all over the world to kill pain and reduce inflammation, today aspirin helps to prevent heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Its emerging role in preventing and treating cancer is on the rise too. But how does this drug act on your blood cells? ERC grantee Prof Valerie O'Donnell works on the answer.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Cities test green energy and transport solutions
      Image of the smart city concept in pictogramesEU-funded project REMOURBAN will demonstrate strategies that European cities can use to reduce energy consumption, improve transport sustainability and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The aim is to improve the quality of life in urban areas through cooperative efforts on green energy and transport solutions.

  • Success Stories
    • Discovery in Kenya sheds light on the origins of warfare
      Photo of cells during mitosis A ground-breaking anthropological discovery took place in East Africa, where ERC Advanced grantee Dr Marta Mirazon Lahr and her team have been studying human origins. At the excavation site in Nataruk in northern Kenya, they have stumbled upon a real archaeological rarity - the earliest historical evidence of warfare.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

Week 20

Friday, 13 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Catching the tide for marine observation
      Image of the weather map in spaceSatellite and in situ data can tell us a lot about the state of the seas, but scientists are not yet able to exploit these data to their full potential. An EU-funded project looked into enriching Europe's marine data products and services - such as those revealing the chemical make-up of our oceans.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

  • Success Stories
    • An international career to push the frontiers of epigenetics
      Photo of cells during mitosis With her degree in biology, Dr Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla left Mexico and embarked on an international career in epigenetics. She completed her PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and then moved to Cambridge University. In 2006 she joined IGBMC in Strasbourg where she is currently a group leader. Supported by an ERC grant, she studies the mechanisms controlling embryonic cellular plasticity with the aim of shedding new light on today's fertility issues.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A more accurate imaging probe for cancer surgery
      Picture of medical equipment and surgeon at workEU-funded project PRISAR is developing a hybrid probe that doctors can use to more precisely target cancerous tumours in image-guided surgery and during post-operative radiotherapy treatment. The project aims to improve treatments for cancer patients and save more lives.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Nanotechnology for the nose: scented video games
      Photo of a 2 women playing video games Controlled odour emission could transform video games and television viewing experiences and benefit industries such as pest control and medicine. The NANOSMELL project aims to switch smells on and off by tagging artificial odorants with nanoparticles exposed to electromagnetic field.

Week 19

Wednesday, 04 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • An empirical approach to climate change adaptation
      Image of a rainbow over a winter/summer landscapeFrom freak winter storms to summer floods and multi-year droughts, climate change is having an intensifying impact across Europe. Effective adaptation will be essential for countries, societies and industries as they seek to minimise the negative effects and perhaps even harness the potential benefits of a changing climate, according to EU-funded researchers.


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