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Nanocarriers are tiny substances that can be used to transport other materials, such as drugs, to specific areas of the body. The EU-funded TARGETCARE project plans to use them to treat joint and intervertebral disc diseases - improving patients' mobility and quality of life.
Published: 19 December 2016
The use of cloud-based systems is expanding so quickly that their quality and security can sometimes be compromised. In response, the EU-funded SENECA project is identifying key challenges facing the development of cloud software, infrastructure and operations.
Published: 7 December 2016
EU-funded researchers have built a new microscope that can track single molecules, and have used it to clarify how materials are transported inside living cells. It could have wide application in science, medicine and industry.
Published: 24 November 2016
Many areas worldwide struggle with high levels of arsenic in the water supply. Scientists from Argentina - where several regions are affected - are collaborating with European colleagues to find solutions in the context of an EU-funded project. Together, they intend to develop a low-cost system to produce safe drinking water for people and livestock.
Published: 7 November 2016
An unsuccessful joint replacement will cause pain, immobility and a progressively unstable hip or knee - for example - that needs repeat surgery. The EU-funded project BIOSTEM has developed a coating for artificial joints to improve the chances of stability and avoid these symptoms that threaten patient quality of life.
Published: 24 October 2016
While on court, beach volleyball players need to act as a whole in order to prevent the ball from touching the sand: in a fraction of a second - just before the opponent's hand spikes the ball - the passer has to predict and adjust to the attacker's action as well as to their teammate's block position. Thanks to her EU funding, cognitive science professor Natalie Sebanz is studying the cognitive and psychological mechanisms underlying joint action expertise - in other words, how individuals learn skilled actions, such as those performed by professional athletes, together.
Published: 2 August 2016
ISOLDE, CERN's transformer of elements, is about to be itself transformed: a major upgrade is under way. A large share of the R&D underpinning this overhaul was conducted by young researchers who contributed as part of the EU-funded CATHI project. This training network enabled 21 applicants to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field.
Published: 1 August 2016
In war, there are rules - but sometimes countries decide that they don't apply. Colonial campaigns, for example, were often seen as exceptions. EU-funded research is studying several fought over a century ago. Ancient history? Hardly. Many aspects of this troubled past remain relevant to current debates as the world attempts to tackle terrorism.
Published: 26 July 2016
Remote sensing is widely used for security surveillance, military reconnaissance and environmental monitoring. An EU-funded project's signal processing system improves images and range information from the collected data using smaller, lighter recording devices than traditional systems. Two prototypes are already available.
Published: 15 July 2016
Should we back the world's freedom fighters? If we are sympathetic to their cause, we may consider it a moral duty, even if others see them as terrorists. There is certainly nothing new about countries providing support to non-state armed groups (NAGs). But it is not a successful strategy in the long run, according to EU-funded research.
Published: 8 July 2016