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Week 16

Friday, 21 April 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • An inbuilt firefighting system for buses
      Image of people on the busAn intelligent system developed by EU-funded researchers can provide buses and coaches with firefighting capabilities. This integrated solution is designed to detect, locate and suppress fires quickly. It can address some of them before they even start.

  • Success Stories
    • Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
      Picture business district and green grass Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Harnessing the sun to clean up industrial processes
      Image of solar home battery conceptThe production of cement and lime involves fossil fuels and produces harmful greenhouse gases. Industry could change this, if scientists can develop a technology that can use solar power for high temperature industrial processes. The EU-funded SOLPART project has built lab-scale reactors that use a solar powered process to meet this need.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Miniature satellites en route for the ISS
      Image satelite in spaceA throng of 28 miniature satellites designed by EU-funded researchers are winging their way to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket carrying the satellites was launched in the early hours of 18 April, and is due to dock at the ISS in the coming days. The satellites are expected to be deployed at the end of April or early May, while another launch - containing another 8 satellites - is foreseen for May.

Week 15

Thursday, 13 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Detecting diabetic kidney disease before it really sets in
      Image of the doctor's hand sketching virtual kidneysThe damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.

  • Success Stories
    • Researchers cover all bases to stop dengue fever spread
      Photo of the doctor behind medical pictograms Dengue fever kills around 25 000 people every year and infects 50-100 million, according to the WHO. With incidences rising, there is a new urgency to predict where it will strike (is Europe at risk?) and who is vulnerable. Doctors also need the tools to diagnose the disease quickly, while gaining the upper hand over the mosquitoes that carry the virus would limit its spread in the first place. Between them, three EU-funded projects are approaching Dengue Fever from each of these angles in the race to save lives.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Composing better biocomposites
      Image of extruded biocomposite tube profile manufactured in EU-Innobite projectHigh-performance biocomposites derived from wheat straw and recycled paper? EU-funded researchers have developed new materials and components based on substances isolated from these renewable residues. They have also found a way to extract silica from the straw, offering a greener alternative to current production methods for this compound.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • At home in extreme environments: Europe's first space analogue habitat
      Image of the men in concept of the virtual realityWhat would it be like to live on Mars? Much like Earth, maybe, in due course - but the pioneers who will one day head out there will face a deeply hostile environment upon arrival. EU-funded researchers have developed a habitat for simulated space missions in suitably challenging locations down here on Earth. It can also support research in extreme conditions.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Week 14

Friday, 07 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Engineering bacteria to churn out chemicals
      Image of an scientist in the labScientists are delving into the core machinery of cellular life, in search of the mechanisms driving bacterial evolution and adaptation. Their findings promise biosynthetic factories able to convert biomass into fuels and valuable chemicals.

Thursday, 06 April 2017

Wednesday, 05 April 2017

  • Press Centre
    • Horizon 2020 to be topped up with €200 million
      The European Parliament gave today its consent to additional €200 million for Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation funding programme, by adopting a compromise on the mid-term review of the EU budget, reached with the EU Member States on 7 March. The final and formal approval of the Council of the EU is expected in the coming weeks.

  • Research Headlines
    • Connecting the dots for medical holography
      Image of woman with holographic brain above handNo glasses, no headset, no smartphone - it is possible to produce 3D images that observers can view without cumbersome props. Base these displays on input from medical imaging devices and you could have the makings of a powerful new way to view patient scans. Holography holds the key, says an innovative SME that is developing this technology with EU support.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Controlled catalysis for ultra-clean fuels
      Image of flask in scientist hand with test tubes in laboratoryCatalysts are essential for a lot of chemical production processes, accelerating and enhancing chemical reactions to produce plastics, medicines and fuels more efficiently. Now, thanks to EU-funded research, catalysts are being made more precise and effective with potentially significant benefits for industry and the environment, not least through the development of ultra-clean fuels.

Monday, 03 April 2017

  • Success Stories
    • New ray of hope for premature babies
      Photo nurse taking care onf a newbornAt the neonatal intensive care unit of Milan's Mangiagalli hospital, the patients are very vulnerable ones: premature babies. The hospital is testing a new tool aiming to improve their medical monitoring and reduce the risk of brain injury.

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