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  Study investigates conflict prevention warnings

Photo of article Professor Christoph Meyer from King's College London in the United Kingdom presented his research on the impact of warnings on policy decision-making vis-à-vis violent intra-national conflicts at the recent United Nations Disarmament Week, an annual observance that begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. Professor Meyer received a European Research Council Starting Grant worth EUR 754,000 for his research, which was presented in the journals Media, War & Conflict and International Studies Review. Professor Meyer's findings are an outcome of the FORESIGHT ('Do forecasts matter? early warnings and the prevention of armed conflicts') project.

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Published: 15 November 2012


  Study counters 'cradle of language' theory

Photo of article Most researchers believe that the origins of human language are found in Africa, in particular the south-west part of the continent. But a new study from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in Germany counters this belief, claiming there is not enough data to support the 'out of Africa' hypothesis. The research is backed by the QUANTHISTLING ('Quantitative modelling of historical-comparative linguistics') project, which is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant worth EUR 1.93 million as part of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The findings of the study, presented in the journal Science, indicate that the search for the site of the origin of language is still on.

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Published: 9 March 2012


  Cell communication, the EU way

Photo of article European researchers are working hard at developing new approaches to cell communication systems that generate building blocks for biological computation devices. Biological computing addresses shortcomings that impact our lives including helping researchers devise more innovative methods for disease treatment. Scientists from the CELLCOMPUT ('Biological computation built on cell communication systems') project are providing insight on how complex devices consisting of two, three or more programmed cells can be designed and constructed, and are forming building blocks for such devices. CELLCOMPUT has clinched EUR 1.72 million under the 'New and emerging science and technology' (NEST) Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

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Published: 7 January 2011


  EU and Taiwan initiate scientific research cooperation

Photo of article As one of the four Asian Tiger economies (namely Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea), Taiwan has much to share in the fields of science and technology and is currently engaging with the EU in a constructive dialogue to the mutual benefit of both sides. The Taiwanese National Science Council (NSC) and the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) recently announced the start of the first EU-Taiwan science cooperation workshop in Taipei. The workshop will invite top Taiwanese research programmes to take part in the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), according to EETO Head of Office Guy Ledoux. The EETO also intend to identify ways in which EU researchers can participate in Taiwanese research programmes.

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Published: 13 December 2007


  National folic acid recommendations confuse European consumers

Photo of article Wide variations across Europe with regard to recommendations for intake of folic acid and other micronutrients are confusing consumers, according to a Preliminary Survey presented recently at the European Congress of Nutrition in Paris. The survey was undertaken by researchers from Wageningen University on behalf of the EURRECA Network of Excellence. ‘Individual countries convene expert panels and review their national guidance on recommendations for micronutrients at different times, which means they are often not working with the same or most up-to-date scientific information. This results in national recommendations being out of ‘sync’ with each other’, says EURRECA partner, Professor Lisette de Groot, from the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands) and one of the authors of the report.

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Published: 30 July 2007


  EU support for open source software

Photo of article An EU-funded consortium will address one of the perceived barriers for the adoption of open source software and prove once and for all that software which is free and publishes its source code, is capable of outperforming anything else on the market. ‘Flossquality.eu’ is an initiative made up of the three EU research projects: QUALOSS, FLOSSMETRICS and SQO-OSS, demonstrating a strong commitment between partners involved in different projects. The intention is that this initiative will facilitate access to information by disseminating news via a joint RSS feed. ‘Flossquality.eu’ will transform the cooperative way of working between these corresponding projects into hard evidence regarding software quality in an open source.

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Published: 29 June 2007


  Nano2Life announces science writing competition winners

Photo of article As part of the drive towards a “knowledge economy”, the European Commission is keen to keep people informed about the latest scientific developments and encourage youngsters to get involved in the subject. A recent competition has given young researchers the opportunity to showcase their ability to write about science and get their ideas across to a non-expert readership. Communicating complex ideas to the layman is an important task for researchers as the wider public is eager to find out more about new technical, medical and biological advances. Unfortunately, their curiosity often remains unsatisfied due to a shortage of suitable publications.

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Published: 13 June 2007



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