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• Materials for clean air • Collaborative Spectrum Sharing • Food scanner

What was new in the last 3 weeks

Week 19

Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Weight control project aims to leave consumers truly satisfied
      Photo of woman with fastfood An EU-funded project is developing tasty, nutritious and filling food to help people control their weigh. Among the project's contributions so far - it has created a screening platform that allows researchers to collect data on food elements that satiate appetites. The approach provides an opportunity for food manufacturers to create new, competitive products for the market.

    • Enormous advances' making seafood safer across Europe
      plate with seafood EU-funded researchers have created a unique database and screening tools to monitor the levels of contaminants in seafood and their effects on consumer health. Coupled with rapid screening tools, their work promises to greatly improve the food safety of each fish, shellfish and mollusc on European dinner tables. Commercial application of the screening tools is potentially on the table.

    • Will hypersonic passenger planes ever be a reality?
      Illustration of a plane traveling around the globe Passenger planes today are comfortable and reliable, but could they fly faster? The latest engineering developments suggest we could speed planes up several times over, creating true aircraft of the future.

  • What's New
    • The EU at Expo Milano 2015
      The EU's presence at EXPO 2015 goes by the theme ‘Growing Europe’s Future Together for a Better World’. Research and innovation is crucial to ensuring sustainable agriculture and fisheries production, promoting a better quality of life through safer food and healthier diets, and stimulating international cooperation to combat the global challenges of climate change and hunger.

Monday, 04 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A global network for food safety
      Picture of family in the gardenAn EU-funded project has developed an online network to encourage global collaboration in research and innovation on food safety. The project's network, online information portal and research aim to improve food safety in Europe and reduce health risks.

Week 18

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Genetic test for more effective thrombosis treatment
      Image of Red blood cellsEU-funded researchers have developed a DNA test to help determine the correct dose of anticoagulant medication for people at risk of thrombosis, a blood-clotting condition that affects millions worldwide. Their work is advancing the emerging field of pharmacogenetics that aims to provide patients with personalised and more effective treatment based on their genetic profile.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Getting freight on the right track, from road to rail
      Metrocargo equipmentIf you've ever been stuck on the motorway in a tailback of polluting heavy goods vehicles, then you'll welcome this EU-funded project to reduce the burden of freight on the roads by moving it to rail with a new loading system. The method, which also saves rail freight companies both time and money, is already being introduced in one Italian port.

Monday, 27 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • The future of forest fires
      Fire in the forestForest fires are not necessarily becoming more frequent, but they could become increasingly severe, say EU-funded scientists. Forest management strategies must evolve in line with the changes that are compounding the risk of blazes across large areas.

Week 17

Friday, 24 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Leveraging weather forecasts to fight malaria
      Blood sample collection for testingEU-funded research has significantly boosted understanding of the links between climate, environment and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is feeding into global efforts to create an early warning system for major outbreaks of killer diseases such as malaria - and save lives.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

  • Events
    • COEURE workshops - Surveys on Economic Policy Issues - 5 June - 4 September 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels

      The COEURE Coordination Action (which stands for COoperation for EUropean Research in Economics) brings together the key stakeholders in the European economic research space – funders, policy-makers and researchers – in a process of stocktaking, consultation and stakeholder collaboration. The aim of this process is to identify the knowledge gaps on key EU economic policy issues and assess the current challenges and opportunities facing European-based researchers, with the ultimate goal to inform the European agenda for research funding. It is funded by the European Commission and carried out under the initiative of the European Economic Association.

  • Success Stories
    • Elastic road surface reduces motorway noise pollution
      Photo of one of the researchers Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe's roads. But thanks to technological advances, it's less down to the sound of the car's engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface. One solution is being tested in Denmark where part of the road has been covered with experimental surface material that dampens the tyre noise.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Scrutinising snow and ice from space
      Photo of the earth from spaceThe melt rate of Europe's snowy peaks and glacial lakes can have a huge impact on both daily activities and planning in many countries. EU-funded researchers have developed applications that use satellite data to tell them just that, in close to real time.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Monday, 20 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Wireless charging to boost take-up of electric cars?
      electric car during chargingElectric vehicles have long been heralded as the future of transportation. They are relatively cheap to run, don't depend on declining oil stocks and don't release nasty emissions into the environment. But their initial cost, together with the inconvenience of finding charging points, is keeping electric vehicles in the showroom. EU-funded researchers are finding answers to these challenges with studies into the feasibility of wireless charging in public spaces.

Week 16

Friday, 17 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Cheap and renewable electricity anywhere
      Picture of wind power plantMost wind energy comes from turbines 150 metres above ground level. Winds at this altitude are however weak and intermittent, with most wind farms operating at only 25 - 30% of their capacity. EU-funded researchers have developed a prototype wind energy system that works at much higher altitudes, where winds are stronger and more constant, increasing electricity production dramatically. A commercialised product is in the pipeline.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

  • Press Centre
    • A new Wave of Scientific Transatlantic Cooperation
      The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. today joined with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Brussels, along with Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, to announce the first trans-Atlantic mapping survey to take place under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

    • European Commission launches €3m prize to improve air quality in cities
      A prize of €3 million will be awarded to the person or team that develops the best material to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas, the European Commission announced today. The aim is to improve air quality in cities and reduce the serious health risks posed by particulate matter (PM), the air pollutant which has the most severe impact on health.

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