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The detection of gravitational waves in 2015 provided groundbreaking information about the Universe. Building on this discovery, EU-funded scientists have now detected waves at three observatories, a first in astrophysics, making it possible to locate the signals origin and better apply the data they provide.
Published: 17 October 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed and tested a way to make human heart valve implants more tolerable and longer lasting, enabling recipients of all ages to avoid follow-up surgery and live largely normal lives, cutting hospital stays and healthcare costs.
Published: 11 October 2017
EU-funded researchers have achieved a deeper understanding of how microbes in the gut can influence energy balance and behaviour. This could lead to new ways of tackling weight gain, eating disorders and even psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Published: 5 October 2017
Minor species of cereals - such as spelt, oat and rye - could provide European consumers with healthy, nutritious food that is sustainably produced. An EU-funded project is looking to bring these underused crops from farm to table by improving their genetic and commercial viability.
Published: 4 October 2017
Increasing global trade and climate change have helped the spread of non-native pests and diseases across Europe, posing major challenges to plant health. The EU-funded Dropsa project is working with 26 partners in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America to find safe and sustainable ways to protect Europe's fruit industry.
Published: 3 October 2017
Precision mechanical sensors are a fundamental part of modern technologies and are used to stabilise aeroplanes, predict earthquakes, deploy life-saving airbags, monitor the integrity of bridges, and even time computer processes. Despite being used almost universally, their precision is generally limited by the electronic circuits used to monitor them. The EU-funded cQOM project has been working on using light instead of electronics to monitor these sensors to significantly enhance precision and reliability.
Published: 2 October 2017
Clouds play a key role in cooling the Earth's surface through dispersing rain and reflecting sunlight back into space. Through studying the role of secondary aerosol particles in cloud formation, EU-funded researchers hope to help sharpen future climate projections based on global models.
Published: 29 September 2017
EU-funded researchers have developed a common assessment scheme for security products that fully takes into account issues such as data protection and fundamental rights. This will help to harmonise the EU market, build up consumer trust and bring innovations to market faster.
Published: 28 September 2017
An EU-funded project is carrying out the first clinical trial among elderly cardiac patients of a novel multi-medication pill to prevent recurrent heart attacks, improve the efficacy of care and save lives.
Published: 27 September 2017
EU-funded researchers have provided new decision support tools, training systems and online resources to allow decision-makers to assess the resilience of critical infrastructure - such as electricity and telecommunication - when disaster strikes. The project is a milestone in the development of a proposed pan-European analysis centre.
Published: 26 September 2017