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Week 23

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Project to trial stem cell diabetes treatment
      image presenting the human urinary system and kidneysA promising stem cell treatment for diabetic kidney disease will be assessed in a clinical trial run by the EU-funded project NEPHSTROM. The trial is one of a series of steps to determine whether the treatment is effective and safe for patients with this life-threatening condition.

  • Success Stories
    • A gas gives clues on the origins of the Earth
      Photo of a clearing in the forest Researchers supported by the ERC have sampled magmatic gases derived from the Earth's mantle in the Eifel region in Germany. Their analysis of xenon, a rare and inert gas, sampled in bubbling mineral water could bring new insights into the origin of volatile elements, water and gases, that allowed life to develop on Earth.

Monday, 30 May 2016

  • Events
    • Smart strategies and policies for sustainable shopping centres - 13 June 2016, Brussels

      "Smart strategies and policies for sustainable shopping centres: energy efficient and cost-competitive retrofitting solutions”, will be held in Brussels on 13 June. It comes under the framework of the EU-funded project CommONEnergy, aimed at helping re-conceptualise shopping malls and turn them into beacons of energy efficiency by providing smart, innovative and cost-effective solutions for deep and systemic retrofitting and as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW).

  • Research Headlines
    • New aircraft engine parts will reduce fuel consumption
      image of shadow of the airplane in the skyThey carry us around the world, but aircraft also burn significant quantities of fuel and emit pollutants wherever they go. EU-funded E-BREAK has developed more advanced and lighter aircraft engine components that can withstand higher temperature and pressure. Lighter aircraft propulsion systems are also lighter on the wallet due to lower fuel consumption - and their environmental impact is also lower.

Week 22

Friday, 27 May 2016

Thursday, 26 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A picture is worth 1 000 words
      image of Digital Identity words with security emoticons in backgroundDigital forensics for images and videos is growing in importance - the tool can be used to catch criminals and track copyright infringement. EU-funded researchers have developed new techniques to advance the science - this could be a big help for law enforcement and a boost to industry competitiveness.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

Week 21

Friday, 20 May 2016

  • Success Stories
    • Liquid assets: how to test recycled water on the cheap
      Photo of tomato proccessing plant With water shortages a growing problem around the world recycling waste water has become increasingly important. European researchers have come up with a cheap and efficient tool to control the safety standards of waste water in a development that should boost the recycling effort.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

  • Events
    • Green Week 2016 Partner event: 'EU - Brazil actions for sustainable cities' - 30 May 2016, Brussels

      The event aims at presenting innovative approaches and actions on how to make European and Brazilian cities greener and more sustainable, sharing experiences from joint EU – Brazil projects. The issues for discussion will cover the environmental management of urban areas, the way to formulate urban agendas in Brazil and Europe, research and innovation actions on nature-based solutions underpinning sustainable cities and the knowledge exchange in the frame of the EU – Latin America cooperation.

    • Green Week 2016 Partner event: 'Social Innovation for Accelerating Transition to Sustainable Cities' - 30 May 2016, Brussels

      Cities are homes of innovative solutions and alternative social arrangements. Social innovations come in many forms, including nature-based solutions and people-based solutions that hand in hand transform our cities, district-by-district, one infrastructure service at a time. These actor-networks that we call transition initiatives come in various shapes and sizes, led by actors from public, private and civil society sectors or spanning across sectoral divides, and have become increasingly visible in many European cities. Transition initiatives as makers of social innovations in cities foster new relationships, new institutions and, ultimately, can contribute to the emergence of new urban realities: the sharing economy, green low-carbon economies, and new sustainable lifestyles....

  • Research Headlines
    • Making the most of microalgae
      Image of the outdoor photobioreactors of microalgae production in CadizWhat could be the next new super crop? How about microalgae? An EU-funded project is developing technology to grow and use these single-celled plants. Already used in health-food supplements, the crop has potential to green existing industries and develop new ones.

  • Success Stories
    • What does aspirin do to you?
      Photo of a couple of aspirins Acetylsalicylic acid, most commonly known as aspirin, was already part of the Egyptian pharmacopeia, used also in ancient Greece and in the Middle Ages to break fevers. Taken all over the world to kill pain and reduce inflammation, today aspirin helps to prevent heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Its emerging role in preventing and treating cancer is on the rise too. But how does this drug act on your blood cells? ERC grantee Prof Valerie O'Donnell works on the answer.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Cities test green energy and transport solutions
      Image of the smart city concept in pictogramesEU-funded project REMOURBAN will demonstrate strategies that European cities can use to reduce energy consumption, improve transport sustainability and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The aim is to improve the quality of life in urban areas through cooperative efforts on green energy and transport solutions.

  • Success Stories
    • Discovery in Kenya sheds light on the origins of warfare
      Photo of cells during mitosis A ground-breaking anthropological discovery took place in East Africa, where ERC Advanced grantee Dr Marta Mirazon Lahr and her team have been studying human origins. At the excavation site in Nataruk in northern Kenya, they have stumbled upon a real archaeological rarity - the earliest historical evidence of warfare.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

Week 20

Friday, 13 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • Catching the tide for marine observation
      Image of the weather map in spaceSatellite and in situ data can tell us a lot about the state of the seas, but scientists are not yet able to exploit these data to their full potential. An EU-funded project looked into enriching Europe's marine data products and services - such as those revealing the chemical make-up of our oceans.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

  • Success Stories
    • An international career to push the frontiers of epigenetics
      Photo of cells during mitosis With her degree in biology, Dr Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla left Mexico and embarked on an international career in epigenetics. She completed her PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and then moved to Cambridge University. In 2006 she joined IGBMC in Strasbourg where she is currently a group leader. Supported by an ERC grant, she studies the mechanisms controlling embryonic cellular plasticity with the aim of shedding new light on today's fertility issues.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

  • Research Headlines
    • A more accurate imaging probe for cancer surgery
      Picture of medical equipment and surgeon at workEU-funded project PRISAR is developing a hybrid probe that doctors can use to more precisely target cancerous tumours in image-guided surgery and during post-operative radiotherapy treatment. The project aims to improve treatments for cancer patients and save more lives.

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