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Week 31

Monday, 25 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Mimicking nature for greener industrial products
      Picture of the sewage treatment plantInspired by nature, researchers and industry have teamed up to find new environmentally-friendly processes converting agricultural waste biomass into novel ingredients for industrial and consumer products such as a bio-based glue, domestic cleaners and beauty products.

Week 30

Friday, 22 July 2016

  • Success Stories
    • The fascinating science behind tailor-made bones
      Photo of two researchers Take a look at the growing science of generating tailor-made bones to transplant into humans. Traditional transplants have been around for many years, but the procedure would be so much easier if doctors could easily regenerate specific bone tissue for an individual patient.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Stem cells: from frontier research project to promising spin-off company
      Picture of blood stem cellsHaematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) are blood cells located in the bone marrow. These cells are extensively used in research to develop treatments for many severe diseases, including HIV and multiple sclerosis, and their transplant is a key therapy for certain types of cancer like leukemia and multiple myeloma. However, the use of HSCs is seriously constrained by their limited availability since growing them in the lab does not produce very large quantities. There is therefore an urgent need for methods allowing scientists to multiply HSCs, without losing any of their properties.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Hydrogen power for zero CO2 emissions and energy security
      Picture of hydrogen infractructureEurope relies on natural gas and fossil fuels from a limited number of countries. These energy sources generate harmful greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change and its devastating impacts. The EU-funded HYDROSOL-PLANT project has developed a technology that has the potential to produce hydrogen on a large-scale, cost-effectively. This renewable energy could slow climate change and create a sustainable future.

Monday, 18 July 2016

  • Events
    • Transition to Green Economy - an event under the Slovak Presidency - 5-7 September 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia

      This high-level international conference will be an event of major strategic nature, with the participation of a broad spectrum of stakeholders and expected 500+ participants.

      It aims at improving visibility and support transition towards green economy, identifying policy options and priorities including future actions. It will initiate a discussion on green economy including financial and investment actors; will help to strengthen synergies between initiatives launched by the European Commission, Member States and business community, to the benefit of the overall coherence and delivery; will help start an informed policy dialogue, knowledge and experience sharing among all stakeholders involved – public administration, civil society, business, investors, academia, science as well as regional and local authorities.

  • Research Headlines
    • Self-learning AI emulates the human brain
      Illustration of a human brainEuropean researchers have designed brain-like artificial neural networks capable of numerical and spatial cognition and written language processing without any explicit training or pre-programming. Their work, based on the machine-learning approach of generative models, significantly advances the development of self-learning artificial intelligence, while also deepening understanding of human cognition.

  • Success Stories
    • From peelings to pork - animal feed reimagined
      Photo of a pig An ambitious research project appears to have set out to prove the old adage that 'you are what you eat' by improving the health of animals. Scientists in Belgium are testing on piglets with an experimental feed made up from olive oil waste and a mixture of soya and cereals. It's not just a culinary caprice; they want to see if this menu boosts the animals health and productivity.

Week 29

Friday, 15 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Sharper sensing for surveillance systems
      Photo of the control centreRemote sensing is widely used for security surveillance, military reconnaissance and environmental monitoring. An EU-funded project's signal processing system improves images and range information from the collected data using smaller, lighter recording devices than traditional systems. Two prototypes are already available.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Asteroseismology shakes up theory of stellar evolution
      Illustration of the core of a starWhat is the lifespan of a sun-like star? Well, it may not be quite what we thought. The outcomes of EU-funded asteroseismology research conducted by Professor Conny Aerts and her team show that the cores of red giants don't spin nearly as fast as expected - and this, in turn, means that our understanding of the future of our sun was flawed.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Accessible, digital natural history
      Coleopterist Max Barclay, examining some of the ten million beetle specimens at the Natural History Museum, LondonFrom insect and plant specimens to slides of fossil samples and microscopic life forms, Europe has an unparalleled wealth of natural history resources. Maintained by museums and institutes, collections are now being made accessible both physically and digitally by an EU-funded project that is helping democratise research and preserve these treasure troves of taxonomic data.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Week 28

Friday, 08 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Stay away from non-state armed groups
      Photo of the shadow of an armed manShould we back the world's freedom fighters? If we are sympathetic to their cause, we may consider it a moral duty, even if others see them as terrorists. There is certainly nothing new about countries providing support to non-state armed groups (NAGs). But it is not a successful strategy in the long run, according to EU-funded research.

Wednesday, 06 July 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Biomimicry for airport security
      Illustration of an airport security areaNew technologies are progressively changing the face of airport and border security. To contribute to this development, the EU-funded SNIFFER project took a page out of nature's book, using biomimicry to make detecting and analysing odours of persons, illegal substances and in particular explosives more efficient.

  • Success Stories
    • A virtual reality game to help stroke patients
      Photo of a patient using the machine At a sophisticated lab in Barcelona, researchers are convinced that computer models based on virtual reality can help people who have suffered strokes, by providing them with better rehabilitation techniques. The claim is not just science fiction.

Tuesday, 05 July 2016

  • Horizon prizes
    • Commission launches three Horizon Prizes for energy innovation
      The European Commission today launched three Horizon Prizes to encourage innovation and find solutions to challenges in the area of energy. Worth a total of €3.25 million and funded under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, the prizes will reward innovative approaches to integrating solar energy into historical buildings, using renewable energy in hospitals, and developing products that help cut emissions by reusing carbon dioxide (CO2).

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