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About 1 000 active satellites are currently circling the Earth and they have to withstand incredibly hostile conditions. EU-funded researchers have designed a forecasting system to help satellite operators prepare for severe space weather and thus reduce the risk of damage.
Published: 14 January 2016
The TIME SCALE project is investigating the feasibility of growing food crops in space and whether this might provide astronauts with long-term supplies of food and oxygen. The findings could lay the foundations for a manned mission to Mars and also lead to more sustainable production back on Earth.
Published: 24 December 2015
An EU-funded project has developed a forecasting model for biotoxic algal blooms. The project aimed at providing aquaculture farmers early warnings of approaching dangerous 'phytoplankton' - allowing them to take effective action to keep fish and shellfish from algae-induced contamination - and protect their livelihoods.
Published: 5 November 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 TeraComp project has developed a state-of-the-art 'terahertz receiver' that may help detect traces of life in space. The technology could be used in a 'sub-millimetre spectrometer' for measuring wavelengths of light during the first ESA mission to Jupiter's moons, planned for launch in 2022.
Published: 2 October 2015
Earth monitoring - observing land, security and climate change from space - can help countries protect resources and improve lives. But the technology is no use without human capacity. So that capacity-building in Africa targets the continent's priorities, an EU-funded project brought together African and European specialists to build networks and make key investment decisions.
Published: 4 September 2015
EOPOWER, an EU-funded project that seeks to bring Earth Observation (EO) products into wider use among environmental decision-makers, is raising awareness of EO's uses while building capacity. Strengthening the role of EO in environmental policy will contribute to sustainable economic development globally. Partners have published an online catalogue and pledged to keep up the awareness-raising after the project ends.
Published: 20 August 2015
When Prof. Heino Falcke obtained an ERC grant to study and identify the sources of ultra-high energy cosmic rays, back in 2008, he could not imagine that his research would provide an important clue to better understand lightning and thunderclouds much closer to us.
Published: 23 July 2015
Does Saturn's moon Mimas have an underground ocean? EU-funded researchers think this is a distinct possibility. The clues are in the way the moon wobbles, which scientists now understand better. This breakthrough and others made by the ESPaCE project are providing new insights into the origins of our solar system.
Published: 30 June 2015
A detailed picture of European weather patterns over the past decades is now emerging thanks to an EU-funded project to re-analyse historical records. The results will help governments plan for climate change by better understanding past trends and extreme events.
Published: 19 June 2015