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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.

Week 41

Friday, 10 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Innovative paper bottles to help reduce waste
      The world's dependence on plastic, a material less than 100 years old, is a growing concern for today's societies. We use almost 20 times more plastic now than in the 1950s, and while recycling is on the rise, the disposal of non-recyclable plastic waste is still an issue. In the United Kingdom (UK) alone, 15 million plastic bottles are thrown away every day, most of which end up in landfill sites, where they can remain for up to 500 years. The lack of specialised recycling infrastructures capable of dealing with plastic waste further increases the problem.

Thursday, 09 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Table-top 3D laser printer opens door to new world of small-scale innovation
      The advent of desktop laser printers that can produce three-dimensional (3D) objects is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. The next generation of 3D printers is being ushered in by the European Union (EU)-funded project FEMTOPRINT that has invented a compact printer which can generate tiny glass objects three times stronger than steel. Developed by the FEMTOPRINT team, the device is the first that can make 3D objects at both "micro" and "nano" scales.

  • Success Stories
    • Flower power
      Most of the plants on our planet are still a mystery to science, to a large extent as the chemical composition of most species has never been fully analysed. Scientists have been studying plants for many centuries, but there is still a lot to learn. In Athens, researchers are trying to unravel the mysterious properties of plants.

Wednesday, 08 October 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Defining biomarkers to spot bladder cancer
      The European FP7 project DeCanbio brought together a consortium of clinicians and researchers in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to identify and validate biomarkers that hint at a recurring bladder cancer. The Centre de Recherche de la Santé (CRP-Santé) joined forces with researchers and clinicians from France, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, and Germany to develop a simple test to spot this.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014

  • Success Stories
    • First large-scale study of lung infections in premature babies
      Lung infections are one of the most common illnesses to potentially endanger the lives of prematurely born children. Babies born before their term can frequently suffer from Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity (CLD) or Broncho-pulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), and clinicians treating these infants might be forced to use drugs that are meant for use with older children and adults, but whose effects with neo-natal patients are unknown. The European Union (EU)-funded research project TINN2 seeks to solve this problem.

Monday, 06 October 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Working towards more accurate forecasts of future climates
      Climate modelling is fundamental to predicting, or estimating, future trends in our planetary environment. Yet it is a science based on observations, assumptions about likely effects, and with many potential uncertainties. Reducing the number of uncertainties improves the accuracy and capability of climate models - which was the goal of the European Union (EU)-funded research project COMBINE.

Week 40

Friday, 03 October 2014

  • Events
    • Third Bioeconomy Stakeholders conference - 8-9 October 2014, Turin, Italy

      Between 8 and 9 October, Turin will be the capital of the ‘Bioeconomy’. During these two days, the Italian city hosts the third EU Bioeconomy Stakeholders Conference “From sectors to system, from concept to reality”. The conference will gather experts and a wide range of stakeholders from industry and academia, as well as end-users to discuss closing the industrial research-market gap and how to maximise the knowledge-based potential of Europe’s regions in the bioeconomy.

  • Research Headlines
    • Spreading the word about EU-funded health research
      Health is an area of research where people's hopes and concerns are often deeply personal. Many of us have strong reasons to care. The EU backs teams across Europe that are looking for new and better ways to treat disease and keep us healthy. It also encourages researchers to keep the public informed of their progress by bringing in specialised communication expertise.


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