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Seals that prevent leaks between moving machine parts could soon last longer and be more energy-efficient. An EU-funded project's techniques mould rubber and plastic dynamic seals with surface texture, making the SMEs manufacturing them more competitive.
Published: 27 April 2017
The weakened immune system in people with HIV/AIDS makes them particularly vulnerable to fungal infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, which can be deadly. The medicine used to treat the condition is flucytosine, and EU-funded researchers have developed a new and more efficient way of producing it. This will cut production costs, making it more affordable for people in low-income countries.
Published: 26 April 2017
The EU-funded COURAGE project is compiling and analysing collections of cultural opposition in former socialist countries, making the collections more accessible for educational and research purposes and highlighting their importance as a testimony to anti-communist opposition in Europe.
Published: 24 April 2017
A throng of 28 miniature satellites designed by EU-funded researchers are winging their way to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket carrying the satellites was launched in the early hours of 18 April, and is due to dock at the ISS in the coming days. The satellites are expected to be deployed at the end of April or early May, while another launch - containing another 8 satellites - is foreseen for May.
Published: 18 April 2017
The damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.
Published: 13 April 2017
High-performance biocomposites derived from wheat straw and recycled paper? EU-funded researchers have developed new materials and components based on substances isolated from these renewable residues. They have also found a way to extract silica from the straw, offering a greener alternative to current production methods for this compound.
Published: 12 April 2017
The EU-funded ClimeFish project will co-create projections of fish production and distribution together with industry. The project will help ensure that future increases in seafood production occur in areas and for species where there is potential for sustainable growth.
Published: 10 April 2017
Scientists are delving into the core machinery of cellular life, in search of the mechanisms driving bacterial evolution and adaptation. Their findings promise biosynthetic factories able to convert biomass into fuels and valuable chemicals.
Published: 7 April 2017
The EU-funded CERES project is using models to anticipate the impact of climate change on European fisheries and aquaculture. The assessment will feed into industry-driven solutions to secure Europe's seafood supply.
Published: 6 April 2017
Nuclear fusion could, potentially, solve our energy problems once and for all, but we're not quite there yet. However, we are already reaping benefits from the research. Technology development for ITER, for example, generates new know-how with possible applications in industry. It has inspired world-leading innovation for a type of analytical instrumentation.
Published: 31 March 2017