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What was new in the last 3 weeks

Week 23

Tuesday, 02 June 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • En route to energy-efficient magnetic cooling
      Photo of a woman in front of a refrigeratorA+, A++, even A+++. Looking at energy efficiency labels, it is hard to believe that some household appliances such as fridges could yet be made even more energy-efficient. EU-funded researchers have forged ahead in developing a technology that might achieve just that: magnetic cooling.

  • Success Stories
    • Mercury-free water purification for fish farms
      Photo of a prototype reactor purifying water in a fish tank An EU-funded project has developed a cheaper, energy-efficient and mercury-free water purification system that could be a viable alternative to current technologies in use. The breakthrough could help cut the costs of cleaning water for a range of industries - including aquaculture.

Monday, 01 June 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • Preserving cultural artefacts by preventing corrosion
      Photo of a sensor in a museumAn EU-funded research project has developed highly-sensitive detectors to monitor corrosive atmospheric pollutants in museums and archives. The detectors warn when preventative action is needed to protect Europe's cultural artefacts - and heritage - before they are damaged by corrosion. Commercial success has followed the project and funded follow-up research on new applications, from vehicle corrosion to the paper industry.

  • SME Techweb
    • SMEs in Italy to benefit from €220 million in EU-guaranteed loans
      Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Italy will get easier access to risk capital thanks to a new EU-backed loan guarantee facility under the Horizon 2020 programmes. A deal signed today by the European Investment Fund (EIF) with the Credem Group, Italy, will allow the bank to enter into new loan agreements with SMEs as well as Small Mid-caps for a total of €220 million over the next two years.

  • Success Stories
    • More personalised approach to fighting cancer
      picture of a Doctor reviewing an x-ray EU-funded researchers are developing innovative tools and 'liquid biopsy' techniques to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer by targeting the detached tumour cells that cause the vast majority of deaths. Once validated and commercialised, their approach promises to lead to more effective and personalised care for cancer patients.

Week 22

Friday, 29 May 2015

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

  • Research Headlines
    • The two-in-one brain scan
      Photo of the patient in the MRI scannerToday's powerful neuroimaging techniques can map the structure and function of a patient's brain in great detail. They are crucial for the detection and treatment of many illnesses. Combining two key methods could provide even better brain scans, say EU-funded researchers who have built a prototype of an innovative hybrid instrument.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

  • Events
    • Visegrad 4 for Secure Data - Contribution of V4 to H2020 R&I effort in data security - 28 May 2015, Brussels, Belgium

      A digital environment - with the possibility of massive data exchange and processing - is expected in all fields that should define the scope of activities in the forthcoming two-year programming period of Horizon 2020. In parallel, the V4 countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia ) have issued a common position for a Digital Single Market based on digital economy and cyber security. If the V4 countries want to deal with these challenges then they need to support the research and innovation activities in this area as well as improve the business environment. The following topics will be discussed by our distinguished speakers:

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


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