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Week 27

Thursday, 30 June 2016

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    • Improving bioenergy sources for a more sustainable world
      image of the hands with torrefied pelletsCoal-based power stations and industrial facilities are largely powered by harmful fossil fuels. If we replaced fossil fuels with solid biofuels, Europe would dramatically reduce its CO2 emissions. The EU-funded SECTOR project has optimised the production of new solid biofuels - so-called torrefied pellets. Standards to characterise the new properties are now being negotiated, and the product is ready for broad use.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

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    • A stellar nursery for young astronomers
      image of the galaxies in spaceOne spacecraft, five years or more, and over a billion stars - ESA's Gaia mission set out in 2013 to produce a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way. It will discover many new celestial objects in the process and provide astronomers with clues as to how our galaxy formed. An EU-funded training network involved 17 early stage researchers in this mission.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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    • Research warning about chemotherapy residues
      Photo of a researcher Waste residues from powerful anti-cancer drugs used in chemotherapy could cause genetic changes even though levels in the environment are considered to be safe, say EU researchers. Environmental monitoring is the first step towards reducing the potential risk.

Monday, 27 June 2016

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    • A propulsive fuselage for the planes of the future
      Visualisation of the studied Distributed Multiple Fans ConceptMore energy efficient, less polluting, and not too different from current designs: an innovative aircraft concept developed by an EU-funded project could help reduce the environmental impact of aviation. The main aim of the research was to study the practical implementation of distributed propulsion and the implications of using hybrid power architectures, i.e. architectures that combine different power sources such as gas turbines, advanced batteries or fuel cells. The proposed concept involves a propulsor built into the tail of the plane. This component adds thrust by re-accelerating air slowed down by contact with the fuselage.

Week 26

Friday, 24 June 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Revealing Europe's submarine secrets - in 3D
      Photo of underwater worldA chance conversation with a marine archaeologist friend led to Charalambos Poullis joining a dive in Cyprus. The experience revealed the difficulties faced by underwater archaeologists, and set in motion a thought process that would lead him to apply for EU research funding and subsequently develop software enabling archaeologists to reproduce underwater artefacts.

  • Success Stories
    • Big HIV data opens new avenues to fight the disease
      Photo of medical equipment EU-funded project EuroCoord has advanced scientific understanding of HIV by bringing together patient data collected by over 100 institutions. The data are being mined for insight into better prevention and treatment strategies, including for vulnerable groups such as migrants and refugees.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Where next for European labour markets?
      Photo of a hand holding a magnifying glass over newspaperHigh unemployment rates, increasingly precarious jobs and industry restructuring are just some of the elements characterising today's labour markets. A network of EU-funded researchers is studying socio-economic and social trends to better understand current developments.

  • Success Stories
    • A fishy tale of more taste less waste
      Photo of a piece of salmon Here is a fishy tale for foodies and scientists: 'Smoked salmon is a speciality dish. Still it's hard to believe that certain desirable products can be made from leftovers with the help of a special bacteria!'.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

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    • Surveying the sky in search for new planets
      Photo of a large telescope As empirical experiments are almost impossible in astronomy, research in this field relies heavily on observation. Prof. Andrzej Udalski set new frontiers in observational astronomy, in particular in the search for extra-solar planets, using a cutting-edge gravitational microlensing technique which enables the study of celestial objects irrespective of the light they emit.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

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    • Proposals for Poland
      Photo of the map with red pin located in PolandPoland does not necessarily top the list of destinations researchers consider while planning their next career move - even if it is their home. And yet, it has much to offer. A new EU-funded grant scheme will enable 90 incoming scientists to advance their work at Polish research organisations. It will also help to consolidate the country's research community.

  • Success Stories
    • The big bag theory: a cheap and innovative way to transport fresh water
      Photo of the bag An innovative and inexpensive method of transporting fresh water to areas of drought or disaster, such as earthquakes: Fresh water is abundant in some areas of our planet, and scarce in others. Of course we can transport fresh water by sea, but that's expensive. Can we make it affordable? In Spain, engineers from a European research project are getting ready to test their solution.

Monday, 20 June 2016

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    • A smoother road for tyre development
      Photo of amn changing tiresA more advanced computer model and measurement approach enable manufacturers to more accurately predict tyre performance on the road. Developed by an EU-funded project, the model and approach could aid in the design of higher-performing, safer and quieter tyres and boost the industry's competitiveness.

Week 25

Friday, 17 June 2016

  • Success Stories
    • ERC grantee and regional government to set up gene therapy centre
      Photo of two hands holding each other ERC grantee Professor Deniz Kirik's spin-off company will join forces with Skåne Regional Council in southern Sweden to build a specialised hospital and a state-of-the-art gene therapy centre, the parties announced on 8 October. The new facilities are expected to be operational by 2020. They will provide researchers unique opportunities for clinical trials, while patients will gain access to the latest treatment methods for Parkinson's disease and other illnesses.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A research roadmap for sustainable land management
      Illustration of two hands holding a globeThe EU-funded project INSPIRATION aims to develop a European research roadmap on sustainable land management practices. The agenda would help focus Europe's research, supporting policymaking on environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically affordable soil and land use management.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

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    • Is your interchange all it could be?
      Photo of the Reading station (UK), one of the 9 NODES test sitesCycling to the station, half an hour on the train, then five stops on the bus... it's all much easier if the transfers from one mode of urban transport to the next are seamless. An EU-funded project has produced guidance for the optimal design and management of interchanges.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Restoring Roman cement to its former glory
      Photo of the outside of a buildingFor once, the clue is not in the name: Roman cement was not invented in Rome. But it is indeed cement, and more specifically one that was widely used in the 19th century. Many a European city prides itself on the architectural heritage shaped by Roman cement mortar, which has since fallen from grace. EU-funded research has paved the way for a revival.

Monday, 13 June 2016

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    • 3D printing for personalised medical devices
      Picture 3D printed handThe EU is investing in research to help European manufacturers remain competitive in a growing market for personalised medical products. Two projects are developing ways to use 3D printing to make tailor-made components for the benefit of patients.

Week 24

Friday, 10 June 2016


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