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Week 50

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Monday, 11 December 2017

Week 49

Friday, 08 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • The industry behind a quieter life
      Picture of a young woman covering her ears against street noiseTackling noise and vibration at the source is critical for a wide range of health reasons. With that in mind, EU-funded researchers have developed new tools to help design and build quieter and safer machinery for transport and industry.

Thursday, 07 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Green manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry
      Picture large amount of pillsAn EU and industry-funded project has developed environmentally friendly chemistry processes for drug manufacturing. As well as being better for the planet, the new processes will also enable the industry to cut costs and could lead to cheaper medicines for patients.

    • Stimulating the development of new antibiotics
      Image of antibiotic pills packMany advances of modern medicine rely heavily on antibiotics - which can, however, lose their effectiveness over time as bacteria adapt. New types of these precious drugs are urgently needed. EU and industry-funded researchers are looking into ways to foster the required innovation.

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Pioneering citizen manifesto for secure, clean energy
      Picture of the photovoltaics solar panel and wind turbinesAn EU-funded research team has studied the impacts of economics, social cohesion, technology as well as geopolitical and environmental issues on secure and sustainable energy supplies in Europe. They developed a pioneering citizen manifesto for energy governance and the transition to reliable, renewable sources.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Improving quality of urban life for Europe's elderly
      people on the streetThe EU-funded GRAGE project is taking an innovative approach to creating harmonious, sustainable and inclusive citizenship for the elderly in Europe's urban areas. Bringing together researchers from diverse fields, the project is also addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, demographic change and environmental distress.

    • New tool to help urban planners prepare for climate change
      Image of the flooded St PauliClimate change-related rising sea level, urban floods and heat waves will cause destruction and take lives in cities. The extent of these impacts will depend on how well and how quickly urban planners implement adaptation measures. The EU-funded RAMSES project has developed methodologies and a handbook to help urban planners estimate damage and adaptation costs, and transform cities.

Monday, 04 December 2017

  • Success Stories
    • Finding better and quicker ways to tackle TB
      Photo of one of the researchersTuberculosis is a silent killer. According to the World Health Organisation more than 10 million people were diagnosed with the disease in 2016. The previous year, some 1,8 million people died from it making TB one of the top ten main causes of death globally.

Week 48

Friday, 01 December 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Developing a fast, local test for deadly Ebola
      Image of a syringe lying on mapof Africa Rapid diagnosis is vital for controlling outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus. Currently this can only be done in complex laboratories and samples from infected patients are dangerous to handle and transport. Faced with this challenge, an EU and industry-funded project is developing fast, local tests to spot infection quickly and safely, helping to contain its spread and saving lives in the process.

    • HIV study finds no sign of accelerated ageing
      Image of the blod sample marked HIVDo people living with HIV age more quickly, despite the fact that their infection is well controlled? Concerns have emerged in recent years, and an EU-funded study was launched to look into the matter by exploring links with age-related conditions, with a specific focus on cognitive impairment. No acceleration was observed.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

  • Scientific Advice Mechanism
    • Commission's top scientific advisers publish opinion on Food from the Oceans
      The High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published a new independent scientific opinion on Food from the Oceans. At the request of Karmenu Vella - Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, on behalf of the European Commission, the scientific advisers answered the question "How can more food and biomass be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits?"

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Virtual reality tackles real security threats
      Image of the crisis simulation in an urban environmentEscalating terrorist threats are making urban areas more dangerous, placing people, government buildings and critical infrastructure at risk. EU-funded researchers have developed a virtual reality platform to provide security forces with unprecedented abilities to prepare for possible attacks - before they can occur in real life.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Monday, 27 November 2017

Week 47

Friday, 24 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • High-throughput 3D printers for complex ceramic parts
      3D printerAdditive manufacturing is re-defining what can or cannot be accomplished in the production of parts, and research continues to redefine what can and cannot be accomplished with additive manufacturing. An EU-funded project has set out to break new ground for the 3D printing of complex ceramic components.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Together for sustainable cities: an international research alliance
      city viewThe world's cities account for less than 3% of its land surface, but they are already home to much of its population. By 2050, two-thirds of us are projected to live in urban areas, where joined-up management of food, water and energy will be increasingly important. A wave of partly EU-funded projects is about to explore this sustainability issue.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Energy-efficient fuel cell technology
      CO2 signFuel cell systems are an efficient way of converting chemical energy into electricity so as to reduce emissions and protect the environment. EU-funded research has advanced existing components and designs to develop an optimised version - boosting product lifetime and efficiency, and potential commercial uptake of a sustainable energy solution.

    • Learning to spot a structural flaw early
      Picture of the worker with yellow protection helmetIf flaws in infrastructure - a ship or a bridge for example - are spotted early, the damage can be repaired before anyone gets hurt, and before the costs mount. It's a nice theory, but there are currently many uncertainties in ensuring structural safety, as well as a lack of specialists. An EU-funded project is addressing both problems.

    • Polish institute beefs up research expertise
      People listening on the conferenceA Polish institute strengthened its research capabilities via an EU-funded project. A package of measures has helped the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research (IARFR) extend its expertise in three key areas - food, biodiversity and health.

    • Networking for EU wine production
      Bottle of wine two glasses and the barrel on the tableThe popping of corks and glugging of a good wine may not be at threat just yet, but if the diseases threatening Europe's vineyards have their way, they could be. EU-funded researchers therefore have very good reason to network around wine - they are building a knowledge bank to help vineyard owners protect their crops and keep the wine flowing.

    • Ocean-monitoring sensor system makes waves
      Image of the ocean with the moon in backgroundAn EU-funded project has developed and deployed cost-effective marine sensors to monitor and provide a more complete picture of the health of our planet's oceans. Some of the sensors are already on the market and patents are pending.

    • Creating a shared traffic safety culture
      Image of the road signs with man in backgroundTo stay safe on the roads, we need good infrastructure, alert road-users and effective technology. But what about a general safety culture? A team of researchers from countries with very different approaches to road-use is developing a cultural approach to road safety with the ultimate objective of cutting traffic accident numbers.

    • Perseverance pays off for twin-ship lift, load and lever system
      An EU-funded solution for an innovative twin-ship lift, load and lever system has sparked considerable interest from oil platform operators and the oil and gas industry in general. With the design now fully validated, and with international backers on board, construction of the system begins in earnest.

    • Better drug design: bioengineering and chemical synthesis duo
      Lab technician at workThe EU-funded SWEETOOLS project aims to improve our understanding of the role of sugars in human biology. Exploring optimised versions of biosynthesised proteins combined with chemically synthesised drugs could help the development of novel biomedicines and vaccines targeting, for example, influenza.

    • Breathe easier - smart sensors for healthier indoor air
      fresh air signStuffy office environments and poor air quality in schools, hospitals and factories could soon be a distant memory thanks to low-cost smart sensor and ventilation-control technology capable of intelligently detecting and removing hazardous airborne substances. The technology was developed through EU-funded research.

    • Fighting hunger by cutting food waste
      Illustration of four people holding a saving food signsWorldwide, we waste around 1.3 billion tonnes of food a year, while nearly a billion people go hungry. An EU-funded project has created an online community to tackle the problem by sharing knowledge and redistributing food.

    • An elegant solution to a quantum problem
      Hands on a pink backgroundThe theory of electromagnetic polarisation has been under development for more than 150 years since British scientist Michael Faraday provided the first experimental evidence of the interaction between electricity, magnetism and light. An EU-funded project is now helping to fit together the missing pieces of the puzzle.


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