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One spacecraft, five years or more, and over a billion stars - ESA's Gaia mission set out in 2013 to produce a three-dimensional map of the Milky Way. It will discover many new celestial objects in the process and provide astronomers with clues as to how our galaxy formed. An EU-funded training network involved 17 early stage researchers in this mission.
Published: 29 June 2016
An international team has developed a system that can exploit the widespread use of mobile electronic devices and social media to improve the official response to emergencies and other crises. An initial prototype has already proved very effective.
Published: 28 June 2016
More energy efficient, less polluting, and not too different from current designs: an innovative aircraft concept developed by an EU-funded project could help reduce the environmental impact of aviation. The main aim of the research was to study the practical implementation of distributed propulsion and the implications of using hybrid power architectures, i.e. architectures that combine different power sources such as gas turbines, advanced batteries or fuel cells. The proposed concept involves a propulsor built into the tail of the plane. This component adds thrust by re-accelerating air slowed down by contact with the fuselage.
Published: 27 June 2016
High unemployment rates, increasingly precarious jobs and industry restructuring are just some of the elements characterising today's labour markets. A network of EU-funded researchers is studying socio-economic and social trends to better understand current developments.
Published: 23 June 2016
From UN peacekeeping operations to managing crowds at the World Cup, the G-NEXT project has demonstrated how the EU's Earth observation programme can assist in emergency and crisis situations around the world.
Published: 22 June 2016
The EU-funded project INSPIRATION aims to develop a European research roadmap on sustainable land management practices. The agenda would help focus Europe's research, supporting policymaking on environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically affordable soil and land use management.
Published: 16 June 2016
Cycling to the station, half an hour on the train, then five stops on the bus... it's all much easier if the transfers from one mode of urban transport to the next are seamless. An EU-funded project has produced guidance for the optimal design and management of interchanges.
Published: 15 June 2016
For once, the clue is not in the name: Roman cement was not invented in Rome. But it is indeed cement, and more specifically one that was widely used in the 19th century. Many a European city prides itself on the architectural heritage shaped by Roman cement mortar, which has since fallen from grace. EU-funded research has paved the way for a revival.
Published: 14 June 2016
Developing new anti-cancer treatments is expensive, and national, public funding organisations across Europe dedicate substantial resources to this task. Linking their research programmes helps to ensure these funds are used to best effect. Transcan is now continuing as the Transcan-2 network, fostering long-term transnational synergy.
Published: 8 June 2016
We hear about bombings and explosions all too often. To find out what really happened at a blast site, forensic experts need state-of-the-art technology. An EU-funded project looked at different scenarios to develop novel tools for the analysis of evidence in the field. Two are about to be commercialised.
Published: 7 June 2016