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What was new in the last 3 weeks

Week 21

Friday, 22 May 2015

Thursday, 21 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Better fish for farms
      Fish farming off the coast of GreeceTweaking breeding methods could allow European fish farming - or aquaculture - to produce more efficiently. An EU-funded project is studying how hi-tech breeding techniques can promote disease resistance and fast, efficient growth in six commonly farmed fish species, improving fish welfare, impacts on wildlife and farm productivity.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • How to revitalise a failing heart
      Man with heart attackHeart attacks leave scars on the cardiac muscle - and if the scar is large, it can gradually weaken the organ's ability to pump blood. Stem cell therapy can help to regenerate the damaged tissue. An EU-funded project has set out to advance the state of the art.

  • Success Stories
    • Sustainable farming gets down to earth
      picture of a tractor on the field Under your feet is something very ordinary but essential to life-soil. It grows the food we eat and regulates the water, carbon and nutrient cycles that shape our environment and climate. To help keep farming sustainable, EU-funded researchers have mapped out the long-term impacts of how farmers use soil, and developed a tool and guidelines to support best practices in farms.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Monday, 18 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Shields up for manned space exploration
      Image of planets and comets in spaceThriving settlements on Mars, mining operations on the moon, exploration teams heading out into the universe - humankind may one day be able to establish a presence far beyond its home planet. The EU-funded SR2S project strives to remove one of the main obstacles by developing a magnetic shield to protect astronauts from radiation in deep space.

Week 20

Friday, 15 May 2015

Thursday, 14 May 2015

  • Success Stories
    • EU research leads battle against obesity epidemic
      Picture overweight parents with their baby The EU is investing in research to counter rising obesity among Europeans. Ongoing projects such as SATIN, Full4Health, I.Family and EarlyNutrition are leading to a better understanding of why more people are becoming obese – research that could save lives and reduce the burden on national health systems.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Keeping an eye on the sun
      Picture of sunSolar eruptions release huge amounts of energetic particle radiation. While most of these events will only affect satellites and other spacecraft, particularly large eruptions will also make themselves felt on Earth-in aviation and radio communication, for example. The EU-funded SEPServer project has developed a web-based tool to help scientists investigate solar energetic particles (SEP) and their origin.

  • Success Stories
    • Movement sensor device improves life quality for Parkinson's patients
      Photo of an electronics board A small sensor, headphones and a mobile phone - the elements of a prototype kit that is giving hope of relief for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. The European-backed research project being spearheaded in Barcelona does not offer a cure for the degenerative condition, but it could improve the quality of life of patients and give them more autonomy.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Week 19

Friday, 08 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Innovative materials to make life lighter
      Image of the car in front to the beachThe average car in Europe weighed around 1400 kg and emitted about 132 g of CO2 per kilometre travelled in 2012. Lower weight equals a decrease in fuel consumption and as a result CO2 emissions. An EU-funded project has developed two new high-volume materials that could help new car models lighten their emission load.

  • Success Stories
    • A new way to make tasty bread that's good for you
      homemade bread An EU-funded project has resulted in the commercialisation of natural bakery products in line with consumers' tastes. The project has developed cost-effective means of producing bread products with nutrition content at least similar to wholegrain. It has also helped some of Europe's small bakers launch new products in line with consumers' tastes, and led to the coordinator being named 'Bakery Personality of the Year 2014'!

Thursday, 07 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Getting a handle on pharmaceuticals in the environment
      Photo of various medicineRoughly 3 000 pharmaceutical products are used in human healthcare. Since a patient's body does not fully metabolise some of them, they are excreted and can end up in the environment, where they can impact aquatic life, and potentially human beings. EU-funded researchers investigated how much concern is warranted about anticancer drugs and antibiotics.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Tuesday, 05 May 2015

  • Success Stories
    • Weight control project aims to leave consumers truly satisfied
      Photo of woman with fastfood An EU-funded project is developing tasty, nutritious and filling food to help people control their weigh. Among the project's contributions so far - it has created a screening platform that allows researchers to collect data on food elements that satiate appetites. The approach provides an opportunity for food manufacturers to create new, competitive products for the market.

    • Enormous advances' making seafood safer across Europe
      plate with seafood EU-funded researchers have created a unique database and screening tools to monitor the levels of contaminants in seafood and their effects on consumer health. Coupled with rapid screening tools, their work promises to greatly improve the food safety of each fish, shellfish and mollusc on European dinner tables. Commercial application of the screening tools is potentially on the table.

    • Will hypersonic passenger planes ever be a reality?
      Illustration of a plane traveling around the globe Passenger planes today are comfortable and reliable, but could they fly faster? The latest engineering developments suggest we could speed planes up several times over, creating true aircraft of the future.

  • What's New
    • The EU at Expo Milano 2015
      The EU's presence at EXPO 2015 goes by the theme ‘Growing Europe’s Future Together for a Better World’. Research and innovation is crucial to ensuring sustainable agriculture and fisheries production, promoting a better quality of life through safer food and healthier diets, and stimulating international cooperation to combat the global challenges of climate change and hunger.

Monday, 04 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • A global network for food safety
      Picture of family in the gardenAn EU-funded project has developed an online network to encourage global collaboration in research and innovation on food safety. The project's network, online information portal and research aim to improve food safety in Europe and reduce health risks.

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