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Efficiently detecting possible collisions is vital for the locust - an insect that often needs to quickly overcome big obstacles and avoid what might be, otherwise, a 'fatal crash'. The research team involved in the European Union (EU)-funded project NEURAL DEVELOPMENT has studied the insect's nerve circuits. The project results are expected to help develop highly accurate collision sensors in cars, surveillance technology and video games.
Published: 21 November 2014
The European Union (EU)-funded project PLASTICITYINAMPUTEES has provided new insights into the ability of the brain to rewire its connections following the loss of a hand. The research work is expected to pave the way towards the development of rehabilitation techniques for both residual and intact limbs.
Published: 20 November 2014
Armstrong, Aldrin, Gagarin all giants in space exploration. US scientist Gary Stutte may not be in this league, but in the world of 'space agriculture', he is a legend. His work on hydroponics and how crops adapt and grow in controlled environments - such as space - fills volumes. Now, thanks to an EU exchange programme, he has shared his expertise with European scientists.
Published: 8 August 2014
In many European countries more than 20 per cent of children are overweight, and that number is rising. Insufficient levels of physical activity are one important contributor to childhood obesity. One setting which holds implications for childrens participation in physical activity is organised youth sport. However, many children involved in sport choose to drop out by the time they reach adolescence.
Published: 10 April 2014
Among the social and economic shifts challenging Europe is the growth of low-wage, low-skilled jobs filled by workers who face undesirable working conditions and uncertain future prospects. This trend is raising concerns that large segments of the population particularly women, youth, older workers, migrants and minorities may not reach the career and social security they otherwise could obtain.
Published: 27 February 2014
Aerosols have been long known to damage the atmosphere, but it can be hard to quantify the impact, especially in Eastern Europe where data is scarce. A European Union (EU)-funded research project addressed this information gap by measuring atmospheric particulate matter (the fine particles suspended in the air) in north-eastern Romania and studying their chemical composition.
Published: 28 October 2013
It has become a cliché today to talk about the IT revolution. Computers have changed our lives beyond recognition. However, the scale of this revolution could be dwarfed by the advances promised by the next generation of information technology quantum computing. With its potential to exponentially increase computing power, quantum computing opens up possibilities we could previously only dream of. These possibilities include quantum cryptography, strengthening our capabilities in an area that has become more and more critical as computers have increasingly become central to our lives: the need to stay secure against potential criminal hackers and terrorists.
Published: 25 October 2013
An EU-funded project has made pesticide-free fruit and vegetables a more viable prospect by potentially removing the threat of fruit flies. This would help farmers meet consumer demand for safer produce while benefitting the environment.
Published: 18 October 2013
A robotic arm developed by a team of European researchers goes some way towards giving severely paralysed people some independence. The arm can be controlled intuitively, meaning the person just has to think about using their arm for it to move.
Published: 9 October 2013
Providing new directions in the field of security, Dr. Feng Hao's project aims to devise a secure and publicly verifiable system of e-voting - a "self enforcing e-voting system" - which does not rely on vote-tallying authorities. Awarded an ERC Starting grant in 2013, Dr. Hao is based at Newcastle University (UK).
Published: 17 September 2013