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From Roman temples and Gothic churches to Greek theatres and medieval castles, Europe is peppered with historic buildings that reflect its rich cultural heritage. But these monuments all need to be preserved, a task complicated by age, pollution, tourist demands and climate change. Now science is lending a hand in this task, with a new European Union research project developing measures to reduce energy loss from within old buildings. [read more]
Nuclear power accounts for one sixth of the European Union (EU)'s energy consumption, and there are power plants in 14 of the 27 member states. Safety is a priority and there are regular maintenance checks on every aspect of the plants. But what happens if cracks appear in the machinery that are so small and deep that they escape the human eye? And how can one check every corner of a nuclear reactor when some areas are, by necessity, shrouded in radiation? [read more]
When Europe's rail pioneers created the first steam engines some two centuries ago, they gave little thought to whether their inventions might be used in other countries: while their ingenuity helped transform travel, they never got round to setting uniform rail technologies across the continent. [read more]
Well, in fact I was quite longing for the level of living or the European style of living. For example, work hard and rest much, and they have more time with the family, and I like that very much. But for example, I’m sorry for the Italian people or the Greek people, but they do not work so hard. I think. I mean the time… the time is quite, little I think. So that is one of the problems of the crisis. [read more]
I think research and innovation do certainly...can guide us for a better future, At the same time, I would say, we need to define innovation, because I believe that we have a certain concept of what innovation means, at this current time...meaning especiallly technological innovation but I also feel that it's gonna be destruction if we only focus on the technological innovation. So, I believe that research can help us more if it focuses on health and issues that are important to people. [read more]
There are simply mega things that would not have happened without research. I refered, before we talked, to digital mapping, companies like Tele Atlas, Navteq, would not have that kind of existence without this kind of research. On the other hand, the efficiency is by far too low. When you talk about - and I'm sorry to say so - about research and the EU level, the efficiency is low, the bureaucracy is far too high also in other organizations, of course, and the companies, it's too high. [read more]
To mark the European Month of the Brain, we look at one EU-funded project that has focussed efforts on drug delivery across the so-called blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier (BBB), while preforming a key protective function, is now recognised as the major obstacle in the treatment of most neurological disorders. It hinders the delivery of many potentially important therapeutic and diagnostic substances to the central nervous system (CNS). Quality validation date: 2013-05-10 [read more]
The main concern I can think about is the lack of privacy that we'll have in the future and what these social networks bring to our life, our friendships, our relationships, and I'm just afraid they will affect us more and more as human beings and even though we have a feeling that we are more interconnected, we are actually falling more and more apart. [read more]
As a food, asparagus can trace an illustrious lineage back 20,000 years to Egypt; it features in the world's oldest surviving cook book, Apicius's third century 'De re coquinaria'; it is packed with vitamins, and a very good source of dietary fibre. No wonder the asparagus is such a prized food. But its reputation as the ultimate gourmet vegetable is also reflected in its delicate cultivation, with white asparagus in particular requiring labour intensive hilling. And in Europe, this dedicated nurturing is threatening the crop as farmers struggle to find the manpower needed to harvest asparagus. [read more]
The seas are Europes lifeblood. With the highest ratio of shoreline to land area of any continent, Europe is very much a maritime continent. Now, an EU-funded tool called EMIS (Environmental Marine Information System) allows policymakers and citizens to monitor those seas at the click of a button. [read more]