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Week 44

Friday, 31 October 2014

  • Press Centre
    • Contribution of EU-funded research to IPCC's 5th Assessment Report
      The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) is planning to publish its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on 2 November 2014. It will provide an up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change, since it integrates the results of assessments on the latest research carried out over the past six years.

  • Research Headlines
    • Unlocking the chemical 'treasure trove' hidden in our forests
      Forest-based industries have long been a significant part of the European economy, converting wood into pulp, paper, cardboard, energy and a range of other wood-derived products. However, the side-streams of these industries contain a potential treasure-trove of valuable materials which have not been fully exploited so far. These materials include precious compounds known to have anti-cancer properties, which have in effect been discarded as waste.

  • Success Stories
    • Don't panic
      Ship evacuations sometimes turn chaotic, ending in tragedy. In this episode of Futuris, we look at why this happens and what can be improved with new technologies.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Seeing the bigger picture with climate change
      Europe takes a leading role in combatting climate change, cutting its emissions and helping forge global consensus to address the problem. European action on this front includes research to learn more about weather systems across the planet, as two recent European Union (EU)-funded projects show.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Monday, 27 October 2014

  • Events
    • E-Consultation on Nature-Based Solutions - 12 November 2014

      The European Commission is developing an EU Research and Innovation policy on nature-based solutions to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Nature-based solutions can transform societal challenges into innovation opportunities by capitalising on existing knowledge and turning natural capital into a source for green growth and sustainable development. These solutions are inspired and supported by nature, while maintaining and enhancing natural capital. They are sustainable measures that simultaneously meet environmental, social and economic objectives.

  • Research Headlines
    • New horizons in treating breast cancer
      Today, in most developed countries, a woman’s chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8. Clinical trials have shown that despite its effectiveness, chemotherapy can also cause long- term side-effects like secondary cancers, cardiac toxicity (damage caused to the heart by toxins), early menopause and a reduction in cognitive functions. It is also assumed that between 12 and 20% of early breast cancer patients are over-treated.

  • Science with and for Society
    • New site for Science with and for Society (SwafS)
      The Science in Society web site has been replaced by a new site for "Science with and for Society". The site's clear and simple design makes it easier to navigate and to find the information you are looking for. At least, that's the objective, so please let us know via the feedback button on the far right of the screen if it is not the case!

Week 43

Thursday, 23 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Automating unmanned aircraft transportation
      Today's personal transportation is mainly made up of ground vehicles, which are limited by low speed and high fuel consumption. To make travel quicker and more efficient, the European Union (EU)-funded project PPlane has taken the first steps to developing a Personal Air Transport System (PATS) that aims at providing additional links between remote locations and international hubs.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • An emergency alert system for Europe
      What would you do if a toxic gas cloud were released during an industrial accident in your area? How would you find out about the risks and how to respond, if necessary? EU-funded researchers have developed the foundations of a new multi-channel public warning system for natural and man-made disasters that could help save lives.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Nano-powered boost for stone conservation
      Castles and cathedrals, statues and spires... Europe's built environment would not be the same without these witnesses of centuries past. But, eventually, even the hardest stone will crumble. EU-funded researchers have developed innovative nano-materials to improve the preservation of our architectural heritage.

  • Success Stories
    • Longer life for broken eggs
      Every day dozens of tons of eggshells are wasted in Europe. They can be recycled into plastics, cosmetics or even food supplements, but there is a problem. A problem they tackle every day at one small company in Hungary. Every year around 15 million eggs there are transformed into ingredients for pasta, bakery and food service industries.

Week 42

Friday, 17 October 2014

  • Events
    • "Bridge over troubled waters? The link between European historical heritage and the future of European integration" - 17 October 2014, Rome

      What is a "Reflective Society"? And how can we connect past, present and the future in the current European societies? These were just some of the questions on the table at the workshop co-organized in Rome last 17th October by the Reflective Societies Unit of the European Commission's DG Research and Innovation in cooperation with the FLASH-IT project (FaciLitating Access to Socio-economic ResearcH through Information and Communications Technologies). "Memory, commemoration, heritage, identity have gradually become the keywords of the end of the twentieth century, even though history with a capital ‘H’ […] has seen her magisterium vanish". This is one of the many interesting inputs given by François Hartog from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, keynote speaker at the workshop. Prof. Hartog, together with specialists of history, cultural heritage and identity studies, policy makers, managers from the European Commission and national funding bodies tried to provide constructive answers to several open issues revolving around the concept of Reflective Societies.

  • Success Stories
    • Asian grid builds on European experience to further international research
      Connecting experts with their counterparts in different regions of the world and making the latest research results freely available to all is likely to represent a great boost for the scientific inquiry. The EUAsiaGrid project helped establish an Asian e-Science Grid Infrastructure that fosters access to scientific data and facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Lighter and stronger materials for greener aircraft
      EU-funded researchers have used carbon nanotubes to create exceptionally strong, lightweight and cost-effective materials for aircraft parts. They have demonstrated the potential of this material for making lighter aircraft that burn less fuel - a big boost to the competitiveness of Europe's transport industry.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Saving lives with dynamic emergency exit signs
      In an emergency evacuation, indicating the safest exit can save lives. EU-funded researchers hope to minimise casualties with a smart sign system able to determine the safest exit and point people towards it. Trials have been encouraging, and discussions are underway on further developing some of the project’s ground-breaking technologies.

  • Success Stories
    • European research project helps cut CO2 emissions
      Global warming is the biggest threat to mankind in the 21st century as the ongoing battle against CO2 emissions takes many forms. Throughout Europe there is the growth and development of windfarms, research into wave energy, the focus on recycling, waste reduction, and prototypes of electric engines or engines fuelled by alternative energy technologies.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

  • Evaluation and Monitoring
    • New reports published
      We have published 15 new expert reports covering Innovation (How to Convert Research Into Commercial Success), ESFRI, PPPs, EIPs, Joint Undertakings, SMEs and Biotechnology, RSFF, S&T Cooperation and more.

  • Research Headlines
    • Preventing fatal asteroid collisions with the Earth
      More than 10,000 asteroids and comets are within striking distance of the Earth. An asteroid as small as 50 metres wide that penetrates the atmosphere could damage an entire city or part of a country. To prevent such a possible disaster, a European Union (EU)-funded project, NEOShield, is studying ways to deflect an incoming asteroid or destroy it before it has a chance to collide with the Earth.

  • Success Stories
    • Richer soil from old bones
      Is it possible to produce fertilizer from animal bones? And what are the potential benefits for agriculture and the environment? To find out Futuris went to a test plant in Hungary, where an unusual experiment is under way.

Monday, 13 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Uniting the front against forest fires
      Forest fires are one of the greatest threats to Europe's woodlands, and their incidence is expected to increase as a result of climate change. Successfully preventing forest fires has become more important than ever. However, it remains a challenge for governments - also because forest fires tend not to respect national borders.


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