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Week 17

Friday, 28 April 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • New production method to cut costs of meningitis drugs
      Image of a large number of pillsThe weakened immune system in people with HIV/AIDS makes them particularly vulnerable to fungal infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, which can be deadly. The medicine used to treat the condition is flucytosine, and EU-funded researchers have developed a new and more efficient way of producing it. This will cut production costs, making it more affordable for people in low-income countries.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Reflecting on cultural opposition to communism
      Image of young people at the street festivalThe EU-funded COURAGE project is compiling and analysing collections of cultural opposition in former socialist countries, making the collections more accessible for educational and research purposes and highlighting their importance as a testimony to anti-communist opposition in Europe.

Week 16

Friday, 21 April 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • An inbuilt firefighting system for buses
      Image of people on the busAn intelligent system developed by EU-funded researchers can provide buses and coaches with firefighting capabilities. This integrated solution is designed to detect, locate and suppress fires quickly. It can address some of them before they even start.

  • Success Stories
    • Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
      Picture business district and green grass Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Miniature satellites en route for the ISS
      Image satelite in spaceA throng of 28 miniature satellites designed by EU-funded researchers are winging their way to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket carrying the satellites was launched in the early hours of 18 April, and is due to dock at the ISS in the coming days. The satellites are expected to be deployed at the end of April or early May, while another launch - containing another 8 satellites - is foreseen for May.

Week 15

Thursday, 13 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Detecting diabetic kidney disease before it really sets in
      Image of the doctor's hand sketching virtual kidneysThe damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.

  • Success Stories
    • Researchers cover all bases to stop dengue fever spread
      Photo of the doctor behind medical pictograms Dengue fever kills around 25 000 people every year and infects 50-100 million, according to the WHO. With incidences rising, there is a new urgency to predict where it will strike (is Europe at risk?) and who is vulnerable. Doctors also need the tools to diagnose the disease quickly, while gaining the upper hand over the mosquitoes that carry the virus would limit its spread in the first place. Between them, three EU-funded projects are approaching Dengue Fever from each of these angles in the race to save lives.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • Composing better biocomposites
      Image of extruded biocomposite tube profile manufactured in EU-Innobite projectHigh-performance biocomposites derived from wheat straw and recycled paper? EU-funded researchers have developed new materials and components based on substances isolated from these renewable residues. They have also found a way to extract silica from the straw, offering a greener alternative to current production methods for this compound.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

  • Research Headlines
    • At home in extreme environments: Europe's first space analogue habitat
      Image of the men in concept of the virtual realityWhat would it be like to live on Mars? Much like Earth, maybe, in due course - but the pioneers who will one day head out there will face a deeply hostile environment upon arrival. EU-funded researchers have developed a habitat for simulated space missions in suitably challenging locations down here on Earth. It can also support research in extreme conditions.

Monday, 10 April 2017