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Unfortunately the threat of a terrorist attack on an aeroplane is today a real threat to airline security. The EU-funded FLY-BAG2 project has developed a technology that enables aeroplanes to survive a Lockerbie-type explosion scenario. The bomb-resistant bags are ready to be manufactured and installed.
Published: 8 February 2016
Breakthrough technologies developed by the EU-funded project DESCRAMBLE could allow Europe to exploit geothermal energy more efficiently and in more locations than is currently possible. The aim is to increase use of this renewable, clean energy source and reduce Europe's dependence on imported fossil fuels.
Published: 5 February 2016
Anti-malaria netting developed by the EU-funded project MCD has received US$10.2 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for field tests of the invention in Côte d'Ivoire and Tanzania.
Published: 3 February 2016
EU and euro-area policymakers are planning reforms to the common rules that underpin economic and monetary integration in Europe. To help, researchers in the EU-funded project ADEMU are developing proposals to guide the reforms.
Published: 1 February 2016
New technologies claiming to protect pedestrians and cyclists in the event of a collision are being developed all the time. They could reduce pedestrian fatalities by 15-20%. But how do we know which systems are effective? How can we compare them? An EU-funded project drew up harmonised test and assessment procedures for pedestrian safety systems.
Published: 28 January 2016
In 2011 alone, more than 30 000 people were killed on EU roads and many more had their lives changed forever due to a serious injury. The European Commission has set the target of cutting road deaths by half by 2020, and projects such as ARTRAC are helping. The project developed new sensor technologies to reduce the likelihood of vehicles colliding with pedestrians - one of the most vulnerable of all road users.
Published: 21 January 2016
The deadly parasite Leishmania causes a staggering 40 000 deaths every year. By analysing the pathogen's biology, the EU-funded project KALADRUG-R found out how it has managed to become a super parasite. This knowledge opens the door for scientists to find new ways to undermine the parasite's newly evolved strengths.
Published: 20 January 2016
Unfortunately, dealing with one chronic disease doesn't mean that you can't develop another. More than 50 million people in Europe are living with more than one such condition, and this number is expected to grow. EU-funded researchers are looking into ways to provide them with more integrated support and redesign healthcare systems accordingly.
Published: 19 January 2016
Machine tools are expensive investments that need frequent preventive maintenance. EU-funded researchers have devised new methods to keep them in peak condition through remote monitoring, cutting maintenance costs. Commercial prospects for the new technology are strong thanks to the industrial partners in the project.
Published: 18 January 2016
Agricultural, forestry and residential waste can provide fuel for transport, heat for homes and electricity for businesses, reducing Europe's dependence on imported fossil fuels and lowering green house gas emissions. EU-funded researchers are overcoming challenges to making residual biomass a technically viable and cost-competitive source of renewable energy.
Published: 15 January 2016