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What was new in January 2016

Week 52

Friday, 23 December 2016

Thursday, 22 December 2016

  • International Cooperation
    • Switzerland steps up research and innovation cooperation with the EU
      Swiss researchers and organisations will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with entities from EU Member States and other associated countries. This is because on 1 January 2017, Switzerland will become fully associated to Horizon 2020. Until now, Switzerland has only been associated to parts of the programme.

  • Research Headlines
    • Embracing the darkness beyond standard physics
      Image of the milky way at nightMuch of the material composing the cosmos is dark matter, a strange substance we can't see or touch. So how do we know it's there? Actually, we don't, but scientists largely agree that it must be, inferring its presence from gravitational effects observed in space. An EU-funded project is analysing cosmic rays in a bid to find further clues.

  • Success Stories
    • A fresh splash for Aquaculture
      Photo of seafoodIn a fish farm in the west of Scotland around 1,000 tons of salmon are bred every year. Marine biologists think today’s European aquaculture can become more imaginative, more profitable, more efficient and more sustainable.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A FEAT of earthquake research
      Image of the seismographThe sudden earthquakes that hit the headlines can be catastrophic. However, much slower ruptures release energy more safely. An EU-funded researcher is identifying how these little-understood slow ruptures occur, their precursory signals and how they are linked to fast earthquakes - information that could one day help develop early warning systems.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Monday, 19 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A targeted approach to treating osteoarthritis
      Image image of a man with marked jointsNanocarriers are tiny substances that can be used to transport other materials, such as drugs, to specific areas of the body. The EU-funded TARGETCARE project plans to use them to treat joint and intervertebral disc diseases - improving patients' mobility and quality of life.

Week 51

Friday, 16 December 2016

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • New production processes promise to lower cost of biopharmaceuticals
      Photo of a scientist hand and the Petri dish with plantsDrugs derived from biological sources play a major role in modern healthcare, but producing them cost-effectively to keep up with rising demand is a major challenge for the pharmaceutical industry. EU-funded researchers are developing more efficient biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes that should expand patients' access to these highly effective therapies.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Monday, 12 December 2016

Week 50

Friday, 09 December 2016

Thursday, 08 December 2016

  • Success Stories
    • New technology lets scientists see, touch and smell on the nanoscale
      Photo of a young woman touching an atom The next generation of electronics - in everything from computers to mobile devices - relies on circuits and features at the tiniest of scales. But for scientists and engineers to understand what is happening at the nanoscale, a new generation of microscopes is needed to 'see', 'touch' and 'smell' at scales just a fraction of the size of a human hair.

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Cloud computing: quality control
      Picture of woman's hand with a tablet and virtual chartsThe use of cloud-based systems is expanding so quickly that their quality and security can sometimes be compromised. In response, the EU-funded SENECA project is identifying key challenges facing the development of cloud software, infrastructure and operations.

  • Success Stories
    • Skincare science under the sea
      Photo of some test tubesWhat if the secret of youth lies under the sea? Marine biodiversity is rich in sources for medicine and cosmetic science, as Spanish researchers are discovering on the Mediterranean coast.

Tuesday, 06 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Adding 'sparkle' to ultra-hard tools
      Picture of laser processing of drilling toolBy applying innovative laser techniques to ultra-hard machine tool materials, such as diamonds, the DIPLAT project has shown the way to better performance. Their technology has led to the launch of a spin-off company and market-ready products that could help EU industry to lower costs and improve quality.

  • Success Stories
    • What does every crisis have in common?
      Photo of man walking on a tight rope The recession, an ash cloud, floods, a food scandal or terrorist attacks; each event is different, but is it possible that they behave in a similar way? Social scientists are identifying characteristics of crises to help us prevent them from happening and respond when they occur.

Monday, 05 December 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Drought-resistant crops provide food for thought
      PictureEU-funded scientists are developing dedicated biomass crops that are drought tolerant so that they can be grown on land unsuitable for food crops. This will help sustainable bio-based energy and raw materials to succeed in Europe without applying pressure on food resources.

Week 49

Friday, 02 December 2016

Thursday, 01 December 2016

  • Press Centre
    • EU companies' R&D investment grows faster than global and US trends
      The 2016 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission, shows that EU companies invested €188.3bn in Research & Development (R&D) in the fiscal year 2015/2016. This constitutes an annual increase of 7.5% which puts EU companies ahead of the global (6.6%) and US (5.9%) trends.

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