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An EU-funded project has extracted enzymes found among Iceland's volcanoes that could lead to more efficient and greener industrial processes-from making food to biofuels. A number of these enzymes have already been patented, ushering in a new generation of natural catalysts for chemical processes and helping industry become more competitive.
Published: 6 February 2015
Published: 9 December 2014
Even 10 seconds can make a difference. When Japan was hit by the earthquake in 2011, early-warning systems were in place, and within seconds even the high-speed "bullet" trains stopped. About half of Europe is also a high-risk earthquake area, especially Mediterranean countries like Greece, Italy, and other regions around the Black Sea.
Published: 7 October 2014
Access to biological resources such as cells and tissue samples is the lifeblood of biomedical research. Biobanks and biomolecular resource centres collect, store and distribute this material, the related data and powerful analytical tools, but none of them can single-handedly meet the growing, diverse needs of Europe's research community. EU funding has enabled major repositories to link up and share these resources.
Published: 22 September 2014
Creaking joints, knotty hands, swollen knees as we grow older, many of us will become acquainted with these symptoms of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. EU funding has helped researchers at the TREAT-OA project add to our knowledge of the disease and opened up new avenues for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Published: 21 May 2014
Published: 22 April 2014
Achieving the full economic potential of the oceans and seas in harmony with the marine environment is the primary goal of the European Union (EU)-funded project SEAS-ERA, which has brought together leading Marine Research and Technological Development funding organisations from across Europe. The project coordinates and integrates national and regional marine and maritime research programmes, and harmonises common priorities and needs related to the European sea basins.
Published: 6 November 2013
The North Atlantic Ocean and its shallow sea basins, also known as shelf-seas, have been vital to the economic survival and prosperity of all the surrounding nations in Europe and North America. The North Atlantic Ocean also holds critical significance for the worlds ecological sustainability as the basins ecosystems are the key species responsible for carbon flow, and the seizing of the planets greenhouse emissions. However, these ecosystems valuable ability requires further scientific investigation especially due to current fishing trends and climate variability.
Published: 27 September 2013
Europe's moderate climate is strongly influenced by the North Atlantic thermohaline ocean circulation (THC) that transports heat from the tropics to the shores of Europe. In 2005, research suggested that the THC may be slowing down, which could have dramatic effects on climate, in particular in Northern Europe. Further investigation was needed. For four years, Thermohaline Overturning: At Risk? (THOR), a project under the FP7, explored the dynamics of this circulation. Coordinated by Prof. Detlef Quadfasel at the University of Hamburg, THOR comprised a consortium of 21 scientific groups from 9 European countries. Together, they studied the stability of this oceanic circulation and quantified its impact on the regional climate.
Published: 6 September 2013
Most Member States of the European Union (EU), and the EU itself, have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). However, while the Convention will mark a major advance both for disability rights and also for European business, the necessary changes to turn it from vision into reality will not happen overnight. Adopting the Convention imposes numerous legal obligations on signatories affecting many areas of daily life.
Published: 1 August 2013