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What was new in September 2015

Week 36

Monday, 31 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Spreading the benefits of social innovation across Europe
      Word innovation on the glassAn EU-funded project is developing pan-European support mechanisms to help social entrepreneurs spread their innovations across Europe. With a new network of incubators and harmonised approaches to business support, the EU hopes to show the full potential of social innovation across EU countries.

Week 35

Friday, 28 August 2015

  • Success Stories
    • An online design platform for intelligent manufacturing
      A conceptual illustration of a mind thinking The Manutelligence project is creating an online platform for manufacturing companies that aims to boost efficiency when designing a new service or product. The platform will also enable the reuse and optimisation of designs and close the gap between design, manufacturing and testing.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A safer, cheaper, greener Li-ion for electric cars
      Picture of an electric carAn EU-funded project has developed innovative components, chemical technologies and manufacturing processes for cheaper, more-dependable and greener Lithium-ion batteries. These breakthroughs promise to boost competitiveness among European battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Pumped up about heat pumps
      Picture of lounge room with modern fireplaceBuildings account for some 40% of the EU's energy consumption and CO2 emissions. More than half of them are residential, often with plenty of room for energy efficiency gains. An SME-led project funded by the EU has developed an innovative heating solution specifically for existing single-family homes. It expects this system to be on sale within a year.

  • Success Stories
    • Community level health insurance: does it work?
      Photo of 3 children from India Community-based health insurance schemes are often supported as a route to universal health coverage in countries such as India, with limited public funds. But without government subsidies or technical support, such schemes are unlikely to achieve their objectives, as EU-funded researchers have found out.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Saving water through effective knowledge sharing
      Photo of a running tap of water Freely accessible online tools to enable sustainable and efficient water resource management are being developed by the EU-funded SWITCH-ON project. The initiative is currently building a web portal to host innovations such as a virtual water-science laboratory, product marketing point and meeting place.

Monday, 24 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Sunshine on demand for Spain
      Picture form solar panelsThe step from design to real-world implementation is the test of any new technology. An EU-supported project showed how to combine two solar power innovations to provide sunshine energy to customers, day and night.

Week 34

Friday, 21 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • The green catalysts of change
      Picture form the projectWithout catalysts, humans wouldn't have got far. They trigger many of the processes on which we rely, from age-old mechanisms deep down in our cells to the production of contemporary consumer goods. They could also smooth our path towards a sustainable future. EU-funded researcher Xile Hu has delivered promising advances.

  • Success Stories
    • Unravelling the mystery of ageing
      Photo of a young woman looking at the mirror Ageing is a complex process. It happens in every part of the body, not just specific cell or tissue types. Even psychological factors and stress can play a role. The EU-funded project NINA took a multidisciplinary approach to improving our understanding of how age-related changes interact, ultimately helping us age more healthily.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Capitalising on the power of Earth Observation for economic development
      Picture Earth from the spaceEOPOWER, an EU-funded project that seeks to bring Earth Observation (EO) products into wider use among environmental decision-makers, is raising awareness of EO's uses while building capacity. Strengthening the role of EO in environmental policy will contribute to sustainable economic development globally. Partners have published an online catalogue and pledged to keep up the awareness-raising after the project ends.

  • Success Stories
    • Recharging without cables: the road ahead for electric cars
      Photo of the equipment Electric vehicles are undoubtedly a form of transport with a future, but many technical challenges have to be overcome before they replace petrol and diesel-fuelled cars. Researchers in Zaragoza in northern Spain are working on resolving one of the biggest problems; how to efficiently recharge batteries.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Bring on the revolution: personalised medicine for cancer treatment
      Photo of the doctor and patientResearchers are blazing a trail towards personalised medicine in cancer care. This will mean the provision of new immunotherapy treatments targeting some of the most complicated conditions. In line with this approach an EU-funded project is developing new technologies to help doctors provide targeted, individual treatments. It has so far conducted clinical trials involving eight melanoma patients to demonstrate the potential of this approach.

  • Success Stories
    • Measuring the cost of greenhouse gases
      Photo of an industrial chimney A lack of clear data on how ecosystems deal with carbon dioxide has hindered understanding of how they are affected by land management and climate change. For a clear picture, scientists need accurate information on which ecosystems release or retain carbon and greenhouse gases (GHGs) and how much. Through detailed measurements and data analyses, EU researchers have the first answers to these pressing questions.

Monday, 17 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Matching drug to patient
      Picture of the smoke shaped as lungsLung cancer is the leading killer of all cancers worldwide. The outcome depends heavily on when the disease is diagnosed. But therapeutic strategies are also key, and those currently available are only making modest inroads into mortality rates. The EU-funded project WINTHER set out to improve methods for predicting the efficacy of drugs in cancer patients in a ground-breaking new approach to targeted therapies.

Week 33

Friday, 14 August 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Fresh insights into ending poverty
      Photo of an african child EU-funded researchers around the world are collecting new information on poverty from 21 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, gaining fresh insights and making recommendations governments can apply to improve lives.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Better combination therapies for colorectal cancer patients
      Picture of medicamentsAn EU-funded project is attempting to validate a prototype test designed to predict which combination therapy would best suit individual patients with colorectal cancer, the most common form of cancer in Europe. The test is expected to lengthen the life expectancy for those with this aggressive form of cancer by indicating the most effective treatment combination for individual patients.

  • Success Stories
    • Mind control takes flight
      Photo of the projects flight simulator An EU-funded project has flown a drone controlled from the ground using only a person's brainwaves. The technology could one day make it easier to pilot larger aircraft, such as cargo jets, and result in safer airways, say the project's researchers.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A new way to find tiny flaws in aircraft parts
      Picture of airplane in hangarAn EU-funded project has developed the first terahertz scanners for non-destructive testing of aeroplane parts. Outperforming existing technologies, these systems detect small defects on and deep within composite materials - improving safety in the air and helping manufacturers and airline operators optimise maintenance and lower costs.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Making the EU's olives greener... for the environment
      Picture of green olives on the treeOlives are not only a 'superfood' - they also create thousands of jobs in the Mediterranean region. But ironically, producing table olives or olive oil requires huge amounts of water - sometimes a scarcity in hot, dry southern Europe. An EU-funded project has developed a system to re-use the water used to wash olives - good news for both the environment and olive producers limited by low water levels.

Monday, 10 August 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Broken hearts may be repaired
      Illustration of human heart beats Prof. Michael Schneider is a leading authority in the field of cardiac molecular biology. In 2008, he obtained an ERC grant to identify the mechanisms governing self-renewal of cardiac progenitor cells, a population of stem cells located in the heart itself that might be exploited to play a key role in regenerating this vulnerable organ in heart disease.

Week 32

Friday, 07 August 2015

Thursday, 06 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • How chewing gum solvent can help recycle polystyrene boxes
      Picture fresh fish for sale at the harborEU-funded researchers have developed an innovative, cost-effective and green method for recycling polystyrene packaging - such as those used to pack large quantities of fish - thanks in part to a solvent used in chewing gum. The project consortium is currently in discussions with various plastics companies and recycling firms about commercialising the technology.

  • Success Stories
    • From by-product to pharmaceutical ingredient: cracking eggshell waste
      Photo of broken egg shells Eggs are so much more than yolks and whites. For pharmaceuticals and cosmetics companies, the membrane within the shell is highly prized. With an innovative new technology to separate the membrane from the mineral shell without damaging the former, EU-funded researchers are filling a gap in the market and addressing the waste problem facing companies using eggs.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • On track for sustainable energy use
      Picture of train in motionRail companies looking for possible energy savings have to consider the different parts of a rail network together - no easy task. EU-funded researchers are building decision-making tools and setting standards to make this mission more manageable. The approach could cut energy use by 10%, says the project team.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • New life for sewage sludge
      Picture of sewage treatment plantSewage may not look like a particularly precious resource, but it is home to phosphorus and other products, such as metals and biogas. EU-funded researchers are developing and demonstrating more efficient ways to extract these, turning waste into a valuable and renewable resource, creating new opportunities for companies and reducing its impact on the environment.

  • Success Stories
    • Why gluten-free should not mean taste-free
      Photo of a pizza Why should gluten intolerance condemn people to a lifetime of limited - and often bland - food choices? By using new innovative ingredients and techniques to replicate the taste and texture of gluten, an EU-funded project has taken impressive steps to ensure that nothing is off the menu. The project's techniques are also helping Europe's smaller food manufacturers develop new products for the gluten-free market, helping them compete.

Monday, 03 August 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Mapping the effects of climate change on deadly diseases
      Picture of house near the river NilClimate change may influence the prevalence of various deadly diseases. But with the future climate still clouded in uncertainty, we can neither predict the precise impact nor prepare for it. Having the right tools in place to make decisions is therefore crucial. This is the message that EU-funded HEALTHY FUTURES project is taking to the World Health Organisation - along with decision support tools that it has developed.

  • Success Stories
    • A fresh concept for affordable, nutritious and tasty food
      Photo of a child eating a watermelon By developing techniques to produce everyday foods that are both affordable and nutritious, EU-funded researchers are showing the path to a future in which everyone - including those at risk of poverty - can enjoy a healthy diet without worrying about cost. The project's techniques are being applied by small food processors - a boost to their competitiveness.

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