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Week 36

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

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    • Mars landing site picked by an ERC grantee from University of Lyon
      PictureThe European Mars mission in 2018 will land on the site identified by Prof Cathy Quantin-Nataf, grantee of the European Research Council (ERC), and her team at Université Lyon 1 and Observatoire de Lyon. Their choice of site, named Oxia Planum, was confirmed by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 21 October as the prime landing site for the robotic mission.

Monday, 29 August 2016

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    • The secrets of the Earth's deep interior
      PictureThe inner core of our planet was discovered more than 65 years ago and since then Earth scientists have been investigating to understand more about its precise structure and geodynamic properties. Many fundamental questions still remain unanswered. Supported by the ERC, Dr Arwen Deuss has achieved some impressive results in this field.

Week 35

Friday, 26 August 2016

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    • Promoting fusion-powered innovation
      Picture of chimneys nuclear power plantNuclear fusion could be the perfect solution to the world's energy problems - but first, we have to work out how to produce fusion power cost-effectively. Research is getting closer, and the advances it is delivering could also be useful in other areas. An EU-funded project has highlighted the potential of technology transfers to industry.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

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    • Doctors use video to save lives
      Picture from doctor with an tabletRemote diagnosis systems such as the one developed by the DRIVEN project can enhance responsiveness in emergency and disaster incidents, providing a significant time-advantage within that critical hour following an incident.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

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    • Tracking innovation in intelligent transportation systems
      Image of the train and airplane on the skyIntelligent transportation systems (ITS) are all around us: they let us know when the next bus will reach our bus stop, help monitor and manage road traffic and make air travel safer. But how does innovation work at this complex intersection between the transport and the ICT industries? The T-TRANS project found answers and laid the foundations for a European ITS innovation network.

Monday, 22 August 2016

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    • Re-educating the immune system
      Image of the doctor holding a plastic hart in his handsAfter an organ transplant, a patient must take powerful drugs to suppress rejection of the new body part. The EU-funded THE ONE STUDY project is testing whether some of the body's own immune cells can improve organ acceptance. Initial clinical trials are underway.

Week 34

Friday, 19 August 2016

Thursday, 18 August 2016

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    • New weapons in the fight against antibiotic resistance
      Picture of breeding bacteria on Petri dishAntibiotics are amongst the most crucial discoveries in modern medicine. However, the surge in microbial resistance to these, now common, drugs is a challenge that medical researchers work hard to tackle. Prof. Susanne Häußler from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research believes early diagnostic tools could shift the paradigm of how we battle this problem.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

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    • The fascinating mysteries of a lost civilization
      Picture of Sahara dunesFunded by an EU grant, researchers from the University of Leicester are investigating an ancient Saharan population, called the Garamantes, dating back to the period from 500 BC to AD 600. The team's archaeological findings in southern Libya have proved to be crucial in shedding more light on this scarcely-known civilization and the history of pre-Islamic Africa.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

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    • Playing dirty against allergies and asthma
      picture of the small boy on the neadowResearch shows that those who grow up on farms are less likely to suffer from allergies and asthma. Prof. Erika von Mutius leads a team of researchers who use this knowledge to investigate how we could treat such conditions more effectively.

Week 33

Friday, 12 August 2016

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    • Cutting congestion with connected driving
      picture of the cockpit of the car of the future'Connected driving' technologies will enable vehicles to connect and share information with one another, as well as with infrastructure and other parts of the transport network. Eventually this will facilitate decision-making, reducing the likelihood of collisions and helping improve traffic flow. But for this to happen, more accurate positioning information is needed - which is where the EU-funded HIGHTS project comes in.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

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    • New ways to make stronger crops
      picture field of cereal and dramatic skyEU-funded researchers are investigating novel non-GMO approaches to stepping up stress-resistance in crops. The research could lead to increased yields for farmers and improve Europe's food security.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

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    • Consciousness: is this what separates us from machines?
      electroencephalographt examinationWhile computers can calculate or recognise faces, they are not aware of themselves (yet?). Consciousness is in the essence of human beings; its nature, however, appears to lack a reliable explanation. EU funded researcher Prof. Axel Cleeremans is developing a new theory, the Radical Plasticity Thesis, maintaining that consciousness is a long-lasting property of our brain rather than just a static feature. In order to test it, he is taking a multidisciplinary approach including psychological studies and advanced brain imaging.

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