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Week 19

Tuesday, 03 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Simple apps transform advanced manufacturing
      Image of the women browsing virtual applicationsEU researchers have developed a new model for collecting data across the manufacturing life cycle and storing it all in one place. Accessing this data, prototype apps have helped to improve metrics by nearly 90 % in SME advanced manufacturing trials, hinting at how apps could transform this sector in Europe.

Monday, 02 May 2016

Week 18

Friday, 29 April 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Arctic station network boosts climate change research
      Picture of the antarctica research base stationEU-funded project INTERACT has built a network of Arctic research stations, allowing them to coordinate and share resources more efficiently. The network aims to boost the scope and quantity of research on the Arctic, which serves as a bellwether of global changes to climate, biodiversity and land use.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Supergrass: fighting climate change with riverbank plants
      Photo of 2 scientists with the plants The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but to scientists involved in a European research project the land and its vegetation may hold the key to an energy revolution. The plant giving rise to such optimism is called myscanthus, a non-native species.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Innovative localisation system to save lives at sea
      Photo of a ship wreck On a sinking ship, crews need to evacuate passengers quickly - but they may have to find them first. An innovative system based on EU-funded research may soon make this task a great deal easier. On vessels fitted with this system, teams will be able to locate passengers instantly, on board and in the water.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • New patented biomass techniques boost sustainability
      Picture of the forestAn EU-funded project has developed new ways of converting biomass in Brazil into a range of higher value-added products, helping to cut waste, reduce fossil fuel dependence and strengthen sustainable paper-making practices. Several new technologies are now being exploited by project partners and licensed third parties.

Monday, 25 April 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Sharing knowledge for next generation thermal aircraft design
      Ilustration of the cockpit architecturePlanes today have many components that produce heat, and aircraft architects must factor this aspect into their designs. To do so, they have to interact with many contributors. EU-funded researchers have developed a system to facilitate this interaction and accelerate the process. It enables all involved to model and optimise thermal behaviour together.

  • Success Stories
    • Fish-inspired innovation to help track movement in water
      Photo of a shark swimming Looking for a novel way to visualise the ocean? Think fish. Arrays of sensitive cells on their skin - so-called lateral lines - enable them to perceive water movements by detecting subtle changes in pressure. The LAKHSMI project is developing new monitoring and imaging technology based on this principle.

Week 17

Friday, 22 April 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Spotting pancreatic cancer early
      Ilustration of Immray antibody array slidePancreatic cancer is usually detected too late, leaving patients little hope of recovery. But this may be about to change. A Swedish SME has developed a blood test to help clinicians identify new cases earlier, and it intends to make this diagnostic capability available very soon. Clinical validation is under way in an EU-funded project.

  • Success Stories
    • In touch with food: could chemicals used in packaging be harmful?
      Photo of packaged meat Most of the food we buy is packed in plastic, metal or other fabricated materials. That makes it easy to store and transport, but how can we be sure food packaging isn't harmful to our health? Substances in plastic containers make them flexible. The information on cardboard boxes is printed in typographic paint. Should we be concerned that these chemicals are in contact with what we eat?

Thursday, 21 April 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • New light on emulsions
      Picture of the village in VietnamMany industries - and each of our cells - depend on emulsions. An EU-funded researcher has developed a method for studying molecules at the interface between oil nanodroplets and the water-based liquid contained in these substances. Her work advances understanding of liquid interfaces and emulsion stability, and is of great interest to industry.

  • Success Stories
    • Setting eyes on the dark side of the universe
      Photo of the starry sky More than 95% of our universe comes in the mysterious form of dark matter and dark energy that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Dr Catherine Heymans leads a team of researchers who were the first to 'map' dark matter on the largest of scales. She now uses her research to confront Einstein's theory of general relativity in an attempt to explain the nature of dark energy.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

  • Horizon prizes
    • €5 million in Horizon Prizes to help create clean engines
      The European Commission has launched two Horizon prizes to identify breakthrough ideas that could drastically reduce air pollution caused by transport. A €3.5 million Horizon Prize for the Cleanest Engine of the Future and a €1.5 million Horizon Prize for the Engine Retrofit for Clean Air, funded by the EU's research programme Horizon 2020, will be awarded to the individuals or teams with the most effective solutions to the defined challenges.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Monday, 18 April 2016

Week 16

Friday, 15 April 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Tackling maritime accidents with better ship design
      Photo of ship The FAROS project proposes updated ship designs that address issues such as crew fatigue, sea sickness and stress, which can be major causes of marine accidents, potentially resulting in pollution, injuries and even death.

    • New solar-powered electric vehicle to lower daily travel costs
      Photo of eletric vehicle Most vehicles run on petrol or diesel that pollute our cities while emptying our wallets. But this could be about to change. The EU-funded PLUS-MOBY project has developed an electric urban vehicle and mobile fast food van that can be partially solar powered. Soon drivers should be able to charge their vehicle like they charge their phone and use solar power to drive up to 20 km per day.

    • All-natural driving study hits the road
      Photo from the project Texting while you drive? Don’t. Really. Distraction is a leading cause of accidents, but of course it isn’t the only one. A large-scale, EU-funded study will be looking over the shoulder of motorists and scooter riders in six countries for at least one year in a bid to map a route towards safer, more sustainable road traffic. Recommendations from this project are expected in 2017.

    • A greener road ahead?
      Photo of the robot in action Electric vehicles are a reality, and scientists are now looking ahead. They are exploring new frontiers to make them safer, more reliable, more autonomous and more affordable. European researchers are not short of ideas to address all those issues.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • New next-generation electric cars for a cleaner Europe
      Image of electric carUnfortunately greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on Europe's roads continue to increase, polluting our cities and the air we breathe. EU-funded SyrNemo is developing an electric motor that may help the EU slash its CO2 emissions and reduce toxic emissions detrimental to human health. Prototypes of the motor have been manufactured and could be in cars soon.

  • Success Stories
    • Innovative electric ferries for greener water transport
      Illustration of the ferry A cleaner, more efficient ferry is on the horizon. A prototype mid-range 100 % electric vessel developed by an EU-funded project is set to cut transport pollution and operational costs. The ferry will be powered by wind-sourced electricity and will carry the largest battery pack ever installed. Tests are due to begin in summer 2017.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

  • Success Stories
    • SME helps electric cars go the distance
      Photo from the project If you are thinking of buying an electric vehicle, one consideration is how far you can go before recharging. An EU-funded project is developing a modular power system for long journeys with fewer stops, encouraging wider use of electric cars. Trials begin in summer 2016.

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