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Week 7

Monday, 08 February 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • New bomb-proof bag for safer air travel
      Bomb proof-bag installed inside of the aircraftUnfortunately the threat of a terrorist attack on an aeroplane is today a real threat to airline security. The EU-funded FLY-BAG2 project has developed a technology that enables aeroplanes to survive a Lockerbie-type explosion scenario. The bomb-resistant bags are ready to be manufactured and installed.

Week 6

Friday, 05 February 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • The hunt for supercritical water heats up
      Old houses on the hillBreakthrough technologies developed by the EU-funded project DESCRAMBLE could allow Europe to exploit geothermal energy more efficiently and in more locations than is currently possible. The aim is to increase use of this renewable, clean energy source and reduce Europe's dependence on imported fossil fuels.

  • Success Stories
    • Fungi against cancer
      Photo of colonies of different fungi Marine fungi such as those growing on algae and corals generate powerful substances that could be used to target tumours. An EU-funded project has identified three particularly promising compounds and developed ways to produce them on an industrial scale - without damage to the fungi's natural habitat.

Thursday, 04 February 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A portable device to detect the signs of cancer
      Boy on the beachA portable device to detect potential signs of cancer in a patient's urine is under development within the EU-funded research project GLAM. The project aims to speed up cancer diagnosis and monitoring, while making the process both less intrusive and less unpleasant.

  • Special features
    • World Cancer Day: EU Research to Fight Cancer
      Cancer now accounts for a quarter of all deaths and is the number one cause of death for people aged 45-64 in an increasing number of Member States overtaking cardiovascular disease. Find out what EU-funded research is doing to combat one of the biggest killers of the 21st century.

  • Success Stories
    • An algae-based solution to prosthetic-related infections
      Photo of a man's feet in soft green seaweed The NOMORFILM project is looking into whether biomolecules in marine microalgae can combat bacterial and fungal infections associated with prosthetic devices and catheters. Preventing infections will improve patient care and help cut the cost of treating complications, estimated at € 7 billion a year in Europe.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Tuesday, 02 February 2016

  • Health
    • New page on Zika-related EU research
      Horizon 2020 already offers a number of opportunities to finance projects that can help in the fight against Zika. The European Commission is also mobilising €10 million for urgently needed research on the Zika virus. Find out more on this new page!

  • Press Centre
    • Commission seeks views on research partnership in the Mediterranean
      The European Commission has opened a public consultation on a new research and innovation initiative for sustainable food production and improved water management in the Mediterranean area. PRIMA, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, will involve both EU and non-EU Mediterranean states. It will reinforce international cooperation in research and innovation to address the food and water-related challenges that are critical to the region's sustainable development.

  • Success Stories
    • Grow your own food - in space
      Photo of of scientist with plant and soil in lab If we ever want to put down roots beyond our home planet, we will need a way to grow food out there. Pre-packaged meals will only get us so far. The EDEN ISS project has set out on a four-year mission dedicated to plant cultivation on the International Space Station. Its work could help to remove one of the barriers standing between us and thriving colonies on Mars.

Monday, 01 February 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Tracking the actors of innovation in agriculture
      Photo of some cows in a barn The times when all farmers needed was a fertile plot of land are long gone. Today, they need input from many sources to do their job. Agricultural knowledge and information systems (AKIS) provide farmers with knowledge on agricultural innovations; an EU-funded project took stock to better understand these systems.

Week 5

Friday, 29 January 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • The impact of alcohol consumption on milk banking
      Young mom feeding babyAs the number of babies born prematurely continues to rise, the list of milk banks has also grown in length, particularly in Europe. But as Europe also tops another league table - that of alcohol consumption per capital - do doctors need to worry about the safety of donated breast milk? An EU-funded researcher plans to find out.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Testing the technologies that keep pedestrians safe
      Young man on the streetNew technologies claiming to protect pedestrians and cyclists in the event of a collision are being developed all the time. They could reduce pedestrian fatalities by 15-20%. But how do we know which systems are effective? How can we compare them? An EU-funded project drew up harmonised test and assessment procedures for pedestrian safety systems.

  • Success Stories
    • Ernst Junger: a man for all cultures?
      Photo of a dried leaf on a book EU-funding helped scholar Christophe Fricker restart his academic career and link it up with his experiences in the business world. His research has shed new light on the life and writing of controversial German author Ernst Junger.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Green chemistry goes with the flow
      Photo of Green capsules packed in tablet packing machine Fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals are traditionally produced in batches. Switching to a flow process that generates a steady stream of such substances could offer huge benefits, notably in terms of sustainability, but this is not an easy task. Technical advances delivered by EU-funded researchers are facilitating the transition and opening up new possibilities.

    • Ethics and anti-terror tech - a user's guide
      Photo of researchers in a lab What is more important - safety or freedom? An EU-funded project is helping security forces get the balance right, with research on how to develop ethical counter-terrorism measures that respect citizens' rights.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Understanding climate change in the Mediterranean
      Chiba Dam - TunisiaThe Mediterranean and neighbouring countries are a climate change hotspot, the climate research community believes. Projections suggest water availability is highly likely to fall, while demand will rise. The EU-funded CLIWASEC project cluster studied climate change impacts on water and security, and helped prepare Europe and its neighbours for the challenges ahead with guidance on water efficiency and stakeholder involvement.

  • Success Stories
    • An artificial system that's like life
      Photo of researchers in a lab Supramolecular chemistry could provide new, innovative materials for applications for medicine, data storage and other areas. Some European countries even have national programmes devoted to this field. The ASSEMZYME project is using EU funding to train a research candidate in this cutting-edge science.

Monday, 25 January 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Giving aeroplanes the power of self-healing
      The little boy looks on airplaneThe importance of damage tolerance in aircraft was recognised as long as 400 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci. The quest to improve tolerance continues, with much of the focus today on materials. Two EU-funded projects are developing advanced materials with the potential to both improve damage tolerance and the durability of composites.

  • Success Stories
    • Are EU policies on innovation working?
      Photo of a girl writing the word innovation Five years after Europe launched a plan to foster innovation, EU-funded researchers are taking stock of its impact on growth and jobs. Their analysis aims to help policy-makers calibrate on-going policy actions and plan future ones.

Week 4

Friday, 22 January 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Real-life problems realistically solved
      Programming codeIs a precise answer always better than a slightly less detailed one? Not necessarily. Some problems could take forever to compute and tie up vast IT capacity. Where solutions are needed urgently, e.g. in business or manufacturing, near-enough can be more than enough. ERC-funded research has produced a library of fast, powerful approximation algorithms.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Safety through sensors: reducing pedestrian-car collisions
      Man crossing the street at nightIn 2011 alone, more than 30 000 people were killed on EU roads and many more had their lives changed forever due to a serious injury. The European Commission has set the target of cutting road deaths by half by 2020, and projects such as ARTRAC are helping. The project developed new sensor technologies to reduce the likelihood of vehicles colliding with pedestrians - one of the most vulnerable of all road users.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Multi-pronged strategy for parasite control
      Photo of Indian woman over the riverThe deadly parasite Leishmania causes a staggering 40 000 deaths every year. By analysing the pathogen's biology, the EU-funded project KALADRUG-R found out how it has managed to become a super parasite. This knowledge opens the door for scientists to find new ways to undermine the parasite's newly evolved strengths.

  • Success Stories
    • Local communities and scientists join forces for conservation
      Photo of the rivers near Bonito, Brazil Such is the wealth of biodiversity in Latin America that several countries sport the label 'megadiverse'. But biological hotspots are also often home to precious cultural diversity. EU and Latin American researchers studied community-based initiatives to protect both - together known as 'biocultural diversity'. The findings fed into guides to local conservation.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

  • Press Centre
    • Commissioner Moedas welcomes European Parliament's support for Open Science
      European Commissioner Carlos Moedas has welcomed the support given today by European Parliament to the use of Text and Data Mining (TDM) in research and innovation and the development of a European Open Science Cloud. The Parliament endorsed these key issues for research and innovation in today's vote on its 'Towards a Digital Single Market Act' report, which also fully supported Open Science and Open Innovation, the priorities of Carlos Moedas, the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

  • Research Headlines
    • Joined-up care for patients with several illnesses
      Photo of an Senior woman during medical examinationUnfortunately, dealing with one chronic disease doesn't mean that you can't develop another. More than 50 million people in Europe are living with more than one such condition, and this number is expected to grow. EU-funded researchers are looking into ways to provide them with more integrated support and redesign healthcare systems accordingly.

  • Success Stories
    • Advancing the case for gender-based medicine
      Photo of a doctor handshaking a couple Physiological differences between men and women can have a significant impact on the incidence and progression of many diseases, but to date little attention has been paid to gender-based healthcare. EU-funded researchers are working to change that with the aim of providing more targeted and effective treatments for both sexes.


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