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Week 39

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Encouraging cooperation to protect essential infrastructure
      Image of man with portable device on hane with nework backgroundEU-funded researchers have provided new decision support tools, training systems and online resources to allow decision-makers to assess the resilience of critical infrastructure - such as electricity and telecommunication - when disaster strikes. The project is a milestone in the development of a proposed pan-European analysis centre.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Week 38

Friday, 22 September 2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Better understanding of colon cancer to help guide treatment
      Picture of woman with colorectal cancerEU-industry funded researchers have worked to identify and characterise signs of cancer, particularly colon cancers, and patients' responses to different types of treatment. The aim is to help doctors choose the best possible treatment for an individual patient's condition, potentially improving and saving lives.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • How biomarkers can speed-up drug development
      Image of multicolored medical pillsEU and industry-funded researchers have gathered data on new biological indicators that could help to identify - accurately and early - the potential side effects of certain drug treatments. The research could help speed up drug development and improve diagnoses and patient care.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Stem cell bio-bank could lead to new drugs
      Picture of smiling African black man taking pills from the doctorEurope has identified the need for a central, standardised stem cell repository providing researchers with access to quality controlled cell lines and data for future drug development. EU and industry funding helped this new bio-bank facility establish initial operations and create a 'foundational collection'.

Monday, 18 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Faster testing for deadly Ebola
      Picture of smiling African black man taking pills from the doctorEU and industry-funded researchers have developed a portable device to test in the field whether a person has caught the deadly Ebola disease. It gives reliable results in 75 minutes, which can help contain outbreaks and save lives.

Week 37

Friday, 15 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Focusing on the next major advance in medical imaging
      Medical-imaging technologies have revolutionised healthcare, enabling doctors to safely peer deep inside the human body to diagnose disease. The EU-funded BE-OPTICAL project is helping to train the next generation of researchers in the field, contributing to the development of even more advanced life-saving imaging systems.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Disease-resistant cereals to strengthen food security
      The pictures show the dishes full of cerealsCereals such as maize, wheat and rice account for almost half of all food calories consumed worldwide, but millions of tonnes of these essential crops are lost to disease each year before they reach our plates. An EU-funded project is waging war on cereal diseases to increase yields, strengthen food security and support a growing world population.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Next-generation electric motor hits the road
      Image of the electric car surrounded by virtual iconsIs it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Tracking the evolution of content delivery online
      picture of the kids playing with their smartphonesThe internet ecosystem is becoming increasingly complex, and is matched by the unprecedented growth of users - from 1 billion in 2005 to a current 3.5 billion. An EU-funded project has developed new techniques to assess the state and health of the internet so as to improve content delivery in this rapidly expanding and dynamic climate.

  • Success Stories
    • Green gold in our sea water
      Photo of the 'green' goldMicroscopic green algae may be the scourge of swimming pools, but scientists and businesses have started cultivating them on a large scale to explore how they could in fact improve our lives in a sustainable way.

Monday, 11 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • On-board processor 'survival kit' for deep space
      Image of an astronaut in space with the Earth in the  backgroundSpace exploration demands high performance on-board computers with low power requirements that can survive the rigours of aggressive radiation. The EU-funded APEX project has developed the advanced technologies needed to design an ultra-reliable processor for future space missions as far away as Saturn and Jupiter.

Week 36

Friday, 08 September 2017

Thursday, 07 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Investigating Earth and fluid dynamics
      Understanding how fluids and other materials flow in response to applied forces is critical to many industrial applications, energy production processes and even determining the stability of the ground beneath our feet. The field of study, known as rheology, is being advanced by an EU-funded research network combining expertise in geodynamics, mineral physics, seismology, fluid mechanics and materials science.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Protecting communities from the effects natural disasters
      the hydroelectric dam in IdahoDamage and loss from flash floods, landslides and avalanches have increased in recent decades, and experts predict a further increase in intensity, frequency and impact. The EU-funded CHANGES project has developed modelling tools that can help governments to at least ensure such events are less catastrophic. Some of the tools are already being used.


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