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Week 38

Friday, 19 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Stem cells use 'first aid kits' to repair damage
      Neural stem cells - master cells that can develop into any type of nerve cell - are able to generate mini 'first aid kits' and transfer them to immune cells. This is the result of a study published today in Molecular Cell, and led by ERC grantee Prof. Stefano Pluchino, based at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • New hope for patients suffering from rare genetic disease
      Very few of us have heard of Alpha-Mannosidosis. However, this rare genetic disease has affected the lives of hundreds of families across Europe and the world. Its first symptoms appear in early childhood and include hearing loss, progressive facial and skeletal deformity, mental retardation, multiple organ abnormalities and recurrent infections, while, in its most aggressive form, it could lead to an early death.

  • Success Stories
    • Greener tyres on the road
      Is it possible to drive on greener, more resistant truck tyres that consume less fuel? In this edition of Futuris we go on a voyage of discovery into the science of the tyres of the future. Researchers at an EU research project are working here to develop a new generation of truck tyres designed to reduce fuel consumption, be longer-lasting and increase safety.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Maximising air quality data to better forecast climate change
      Climate forecasts depend in particular on precise information - not only to estimate how living conditions on Earth may change, but also how humanity will have to adapt to these changes. A European Union (EU)-funded project, MACC, has developed an innovative system to collect and coordinate precise information to aid in these climate forecasts.

Monday, 15 September 2014

  • Events
    • FP7 project COEURE opening conference - 24 September 2014, Brussels

      On September 24, the COEURE Coordination Action will hold its Opening Conference in Brussels at Diamant Conference Center.

      The COoperation on EUropean Research in Economics Coordination Action is intended to bring together the key stakeholders in the European economic research space – scientists, users of research in the policy community or the private sector, and funders of research – in a process of stocktaking, consultation and evaluation in order to propose an Agenda for Research Funding for Economics in Europe. COEURE is financed under the 7th Framework Programme....

  • Research Headlines
    • Doing away with bacteria in water systems
      Harmful bacteria can be removed from water sources through the addition of copper and silver ions. The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems.

  • Success Stories
    • The eaves of death for malaria mosquitoes
      EU-funded researchers have developed three new tools to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They are now working to bring their low-cost innovations to market quickly a boost to the global battle against this deadly disease.

Week 37

Friday, 12 September 2014

  • Events
    • European Researchers' Night 2014 - 26 September 2014, All across Europe!

      European Researchers' Nights are events dedicated to popular science and fun learning. They are an opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them, and to find out what they really do for society, in interactive and engaging ways. This can be through hands-on experiments, science shows, learning activities for children, guided visits of research labs, science quizzes and more.

  • Success Stories
    • Shakin' all over - Europe researches quake-proof bridges
      Earthquakes take lives, destroy buildings, wreck roads and infrastructure. Is there a way to protect our cities with computer technology? Earthquakes cannot be prevented. But with new technologies, a lot can be done to ensure that the urban infrastructure is ready when a disaster strikes.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • How to combat undesirable odours
      Odours from industry, chemical plants or livestock breeding can be a nuisance for people living in the surrounding areas. Those affected have in the past been asked to help tackle the cause of the problem, but in the majority of cases their input has seldom been used. Until now that is. The European Union (EU)-funded project OMNISCIENTIS brings together state-of-the-art information and communication technologies as well as Earth observation applications to help reduce odour annoyance.

  • Success Stories
    • Volume down for noisy traffic
      A new road surface cuts tyre noise to one-tenth of that produced on today's asphalt. EU-funded researchers have now moved tests from the lab to Europe's roads, with the aim of providing a quieter, less stressful life for those living next to lots of traffic.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • EU tooling industry tools up
      Hard to imagine, but yes - some of us go entire days without a thought for the future of the tooling industry. Few of us, however, go entire days without handling products the sector helped to shape, such as a toothbrush or a smartphone. A team of EU-funded researchers has developed innovative products as well as guidance on business models to help Europe's tooling manufacturers remain competitive.

Tuesday, 09 September 2014

  • Press Centre
    • A low-fat cheese that tastes good, thanks to EU research
      Food processers have struggled to produce low-fat versions of cheese and cheese-based products without much success. Taste, texture and other properties tend to suffer once natural fats are reduced in many foods. Thanks to the three-year EU-funded project CHEESECOAT, processors can now meet the demand from health- conscious consumers for a low-fat cheese with the flavour, texture and melting properties of traditional mozzarella.

Monday, 08 September 2014

Week 36

Friday, 05 September 2014

  • Success Stories
    • Say cheese! Making pizza a guilt-free pleasure
      Easy to make, cheap and cheerful, pizza remains a favourite meal in many countries. But, as with many things in life, the pleasure comes with a price. Much of the flavour comes from the fatty cheese that melts so deliciously, and so temptingly for diet-watchers. Is it possible to make pizza less fatty?

Thursday, 04 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • How research can help pluralism across Europe
      Europe has always been a blend of cultures and communities, with a regular churn of people across the continent. Yet the mix can be complex, and some find the changes difficult. While there may be no perfect way to manage Europe’s ethnic and religious diversity, the European Union (EU)-funded research project ACCEPT PLURALISM has developed a guide to help deal with the challenges as they arise.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • Enhancing EU-African cooperation
      Dialogue and international cooperation form the basis of a European Union (EU)-funded project that fosters new ideas, sharing of knowledge and working relationships for the benefit of both Europe and Africa.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014

  • Press Centre
    • 26th EU Contest for Young Scientists
      The 26th edition of the European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) will take place in the New Library of the University of Warsaw. For more than a quarter of a century the contest has been bringing together the brightest young minds in European science.

  • Success Stories
    • Elixir of youth
      An elixir of eternal youth may be the stuff of legend and beyond the reach of humans, but it is not such a fantasy in the world of art restoration, thanks to pioneering work being carried out in a project in the Italian city of Florence.

Monday, 01 September 2014

  • Research Headlines
    • An innovative and expanding journey planner
      Location-based services use information on the geographical position of mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. These services are expanding beyond consumer-facing products like the check-in applications (apps) one often sees on Facebook, and nowadays they are even powering advertisements, weather and travel apps.


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