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Europe has identified the need for a central, standardised stem cell repository providing researchers with access to quality controlled cell lines and data for future drug development. EU and industry funding helped this new bio-bank facility establish initial operations and create a 'foundational collection'.
Published: 19 September 2017
Is it possible to produce electric cars on a very large scale? At the moment, this can depend on costly materials that must be imported. More specifically, this concern relates to the rare earth magnets on which their motors tend to rely. EU-funded researchers have developed promising technology that works without them.
Published: 13 September 2017
Amateur inventors, health hackers and DIY technology enthusiasts are at the forefront of an EU-funded initiative to help make cutting-edge science accessible, engaging and interactive for the public, blurring the lines between citizen and scientist to spur dialogue, collaboration and innovation.
Published: 8 September 2017
Consumer science, policy and law usually assume that consumers are purely rational decision-makers. An EU-funded project has challenged that assumption. It has trained early-career researchers to study the impact of emotional factors on human decision-making, to help consumers make choices that are better for their well-being.
Published: 4 September 2017
Europe produces 70 % of the world's olive oil, but is facing increasing competition. Its high price combined with a reputation as being healthy are attracting new producers from elsewhere, as well as less honest businesses selling counterfeit olive oil. The OLEUM project is building the tools to detect fake olive oil and to verify quality for the real thing.
Published: 25 August 2017
The EU-funded BLUEPRINT project has generated extensive epigenome data on healthy and diseased blood cells, developed new analysis methods and uncovered new information on how the innate immune system works.
Published: 23 August 2017
Important findings from an EU-funded project's investigation into how electrical and electronic equipment waste - or e-waste - is dealt with could help policymakers and law enforcement agencies put a stop to illegal trading and increase recycling rates. Several key recommendations are already being implemented.
Published: 21 August 2017
A novel approach to analysing DNA for signs of mutation and disease is leading to highly accurate tests for early-stage cancer, antibiotic resistance and genetic disorders, potentially revolutionising diagnostic medicine and saving lives.
Published: 17 August 2017
Promising all-electric systems being developed for next-generation aircraft look set to transform the skies over Europe, reducing fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions and increasing competitiveness, according to EU-funded researchers.
Published: 16 August 2017
EU-funded researchers are peering into the depths of the cosmos, studying distant stars to gain a better understanding of how our universe works, what the future of Earth and our solar system might be, and even whether there could be life elsewhere out there.
Published: 9 August 2017