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Up there where the big planes fly, it gets very cold indeed: outside temperatures of 50°C are nothing special. Droplets of water suspended in the air can freeze to aircraft instantly, accumulating into layers of ice. A number of systems are used to tackle this gelid build-up, which constitutes a safety hazard. EU-funded researchers are developing new solutions.
Published: 14 March 2016
A drought on the Tibetan Plateau could be a drought for nearly half the world's population - some 40%, to be precise. Too much water is also a daunting prospect, as floods in this area frequently affect vast communities, claiming lives and destroying livelihoods. An EU-funded project has advanced the forecasting of precipitation on the roof of the world.
Published: 3 December 2015
The ability to observe very high energy gamma radiation has opened a new window on the universe, and researchers around the world are keen to seize the new opportunities it offers. As part of an EU-funded project, they have created an international alliance to move beyond current experimental instruments towards a major telescope array for this new type of observation.
Published: 8 October 2015
The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) is providing access to streams of data from around the world, but this is just one of its objectives. Enabling users to benefit from these data and derived information is another. An EU-funded project has advanced the technology, using the example of data on water, oceans and the weather (WOW).
Published: 1 September 2015
Dramatic changes are underway in global politics. An EU-funded project aims to help Europe's policymakers respond in a way that ensures European values and objectives continue to influence the evolution of global norms and policies.
Published: 25 August 2015
Parkinson's disease is a common disorder with no cure available yet. An EU-funded project has produced a genetic and chemical map of the neurons affected by the disease, to support new research into diagnosis and treatments.
Published: 9 June 2015
The EU-funded AMPERE project has analysed various projected scenarios on climate change and its effects on society and found that taking action sooner rather than later reduces the costs of mitigation.
Published: 4 November 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
Many drugs prescribed for children have not been appropriately tested for use on this age group. Such drugs frequently lack adequate information about the correct dosage and how best to administer them. These longstanding problems with potential health risks have triggered an international response in the form of the European Union (EU)-funded GRiP (Global Research in Paediatrics) project.
Published: 30 January 2014
Millions of people in the Ganges basin depend on water resources from melting snow and ice as well as from monsoon rainfall. However, developments such as retreating glaciers, changing monsoon patterns, and declining groundwater levels coupled with increasing population and enhanced water demand for irrigation are likely to place water resources under considerable stress.
Published: 4 April 2013