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What was new in May 2015

Week 18

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Genetic test for more effective thrombosis treatment
      Image of Red blood cellsEU-funded researchers have developed a DNA test to help determine the correct dose of anticoagulant medication for people at risk of thrombosis, a blood-clotting condition that affects millions worldwide. Their work is advancing the emerging field of pharmacogenetics that aims to provide patients with personalised and more effective treatment based on their genetic profile.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Getting freight on the right track, from road to rail
      Metrocargo equipmentIf you've ever been stuck on the motorway in a tailback of polluting heavy goods vehicles, then you'll welcome this EU-funded project to reduce the burden of freight on the roads by moving it to rail with a new loading system. The method, which also saves rail freight companies both time and money, is already being introduced in one Italian port.

Monday, 27 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • The future of forest fires
      Fire in the forestForest fires are not necessarily becoming more frequent, but they could become increasingly severe, say EU-funded scientists. Forest management strategies must evolve in line with the changes that are compounding the risk of blazes across large areas.

Week 17

Friday, 24 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Leveraging weather forecasts to fight malaria
      Blood sample collection for testingEU-funded research has significantly boosted understanding of the links between climate, environment and disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. The research is feeding into global efforts to create an early warning system for major outbreaks of killer diseases such as malaria - and save lives.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

  • Events
    • COEURE workshops - Surveys on Economic Policy Issues - 5 June - 4 September 2015, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels

      The COEURE Coordination Action (which stands for COoperation for EUropean Research in Economics) brings together the key stakeholders in the European economic research space – funders, policy-makers and researchers – in a process of stocktaking, consultation and stakeholder collaboration. The aim of this process is to identify the knowledge gaps on key EU economic policy issues and assess the current challenges and opportunities facing European-based researchers, with the ultimate goal to inform the European agenda for research funding. It is funded by the European Commission and carried out under the initiative of the European Economic Association.

  • Success Stories
    • Elastic road surface reduces motorway noise pollution
      Photo of one of the researchers Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe's roads. But thanks to technological advances, it's less down to the sound of the car's engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface. One solution is being tested in Denmark where part of the road has been covered with experimental surface material that dampens the tyre noise.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Scrutinising snow and ice from space
      Photo of the earth from spaceThe melt rate of Europe's snowy peaks and glacial lakes can have a huge impact on both daily activities and planning in many countries. EU-funded researchers have developed applications that use satellite data to tell them just that, in close to real time.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Monday, 20 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Wireless charging to boost take-up of electric cars?
      electric car during chargingElectric vehicles have long been heralded as the future of transportation. They are relatively cheap to run, don't depend on declining oil stocks and don't release nasty emissions into the environment. But their initial cost, together with the inconvenience of finding charging points, is keeping electric vehicles in the showroom. EU-funded researchers are finding answers to these challenges with studies into the feasibility of wireless charging in public spaces.

Week 16

Friday, 17 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Cheap and renewable electricity anywhere
      Picture of wind power plantMost wind energy comes from turbines 150 metres above ground level. Winds at this altitude are however weak and intermittent, with most wind farms operating at only 25 - 30% of their capacity. EU-funded researchers have developed a prototype wind energy system that works at much higher altitudes, where winds are stronger and more constant, increasing electricity production dramatically. A commercialised product is in the pipeline.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

  • Press Centre
    • A new Wave of Scientific Transatlantic Cooperation
      The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. today joined with Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in Brussels, along with Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea, to announce the first trans-Atlantic mapping survey to take place under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

    • European Commission launches €3m prize to improve air quality in cities
      A prize of €3 million will be awarded to the person or team that develops the best material to reduce the concentration of particulate matter in urban areas, the European Commission announced today. The aim is to improve air quality in cities and reduce the serious health risks posed by particulate matter (PM), the air pollutant which has the most severe impact on health.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Recycled water makes a splash
      Removal of kidney holder from the Kidney Assist transportable organ preservation systemDonated organs are a rare and precious gift - but, unfortunately, some can't actually be used because they don't offer much hope of a successful transplant. An EU-funded research project focusing on kidneys and livers has set out to improve the odds.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Enzymes - a new weapon in the war on drugs in water
      Picture of a waste water treatment plant Conventional water treatment technologies do not remove all of the pharmaceutical residues currently found in wastewater. Helping to eliminate a potential health threat, an EU-funded project has shown that enzymes can be used to neutralise these drugs when treating wastewater.

Monday, 13 April 2015

  • Press Centre
    • EU and Middle-East Building Bridges through Science Diplomacy
      The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas took today a new step towards strengthening cooperation in the Middle East through science diplomacy. To mark the EU's engagement towards building bridges between nations through research and innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas participated in a high level conference on "Addressing shared challenges through science diplomacy: the case of the EU –Middle East Regional Cooperation" and visited the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) in Allan (Jordan). SESAME is a unique international endeavour launched in 2003 under UNESCO auspices by Eastern Mediterranean countries to enhance scientific and technological excellence and build a culture of cooperation and peace in the broader Middle East.

Week 15

Friday, 10 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Recycled water makes a splash
      Picture of houses at San Pedro de AtacamaWhere water is scarce, it is particularly important to ensure that the precious drops aren't wasted. Recycling and reuse technologies can help to preserve this precious resource even in very arid regions. An EU-funded project has developed a decision support tool to help communities select the solutions that offer the best fit for their needs.

Thursday, 09 April 2015

Wednesday, 08 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Keeping the noise down in city centres
      Night photo traffic in the financial district of Hong KongIf you live or work in a city centre, you will know how stressful constant traffic noise can be. But adaptations to roads, tyres, vehicles and urban planning could reduce traffic noise to less than one-tenth current levels in towns and cities, say EU researchers. They have paved the way by developing an approach - along with new designs for road surfaces and tyres - to turn the volume down.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015

  • Events
    • WIRE 2015 (Week for Innovative Regions in Europe) - 4-5 June 2015, Riga, Latvia

      This 6th edition of the WIRE Conference provides a forum for policy dialogue on Research, Innovation, Regional Strategies and Growth. Held since 2010, it has been established as a debate leading to new proposals for improving the effectiveness of regional, national and European governance, measuring the impact and supporting regional development.

Week 14

Thursday, 02 April 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Sucker punch: the European research project dealing a blow to mosquitoes
      Photo of a researcher demonstrating the contraption Mankind has been at war with mosquitoes down through the ages because of the threat they pose through malaria. ""I've been in the business of mosquitoes for the last 22 years, studying these insects not only because they are fascinating, but also because they cause a lot of trouble in the world through diseases like malaria, which still every year cause the death of more than 700,000 people worldwide," says Bart Knols, a medical entomologist.

Wednesday, 01 April 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • High-tech nano-science help for cultural treasures
      renovation of the sculptureConservators use heat transfer for restoration - from paintings, works on paper and textiles to murals, 3-D objects and more. But conventional methods leave much to be desired. IMAT project has developed a revolutionary heating system based on carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles.

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