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  Profound changes for shallow geothermal systems
Heat from the Earth is in plentiful supply - and innovation could help to reduce the cost and further improve the efficiency of technology for its extraction. An EU-funded project has set out to upgrade shallow geothermal systems and underground thermal storage. Part of the research is conducted in Turkey, where activities focus on the grouting.

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  Be bold and be passionate: Nobel physicist's message to young scientists
Nobel Laureate Gérard Mourou helped create the shortest and most intense laser pulses ever generated by humankind, opening up new areas of research and leading to breakthrough medical and industrial applications. EU funding has supported his ongoing work, contributing to a remarkable career which he hopes will serve as an inspiration to budding scientists.

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  Advanced ultracapacitors power a revolution in energy storage
The most advanced ultracapacitors in the world are now being manufactured on an industrial scale and deployed commercially thanks to an EU-funded project, providing potent, reliable and fast-charging energy-storage solutions for renewable power grids and electric vehicles.

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  Putting a price on public goods from farming
An EU-funded project has mapped out and evaluated the non-food, feed and wood 'goods' provided by agricultural and forest land in a bid to improve support under the EU's common agricultural policy and boost citizen involvement in the provision of public goods.

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  Sensitive magnetometer gets a speed boost
An EU-funded project has demonstrated how highly sensitive magnetometers can be adapted to make faster and more precise measurements than was once thought possible - an example of Europe’s new focus on quantum technologies.

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  Breaking down the barriers to 100 % renewable energy
An EU-funded project is developing new energy system concepts to tackle the technical electricity-grid-based challenges that stand in the way of achieving 100 % renewable electricity in Europe.

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  Jellyfish: out of the ocean and on to the menu
Sun, sea, sand and... jellyfish. Beach holidays have become a risky pursuit as jellyfish populations have exploded in warming seas worldwide in recent years. But thanks to EU-funded researchers, these gelatinous blobs could become a valuable resource - as food, ingredients in medicine and cosmetics, and even as a means to counter pollution.

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  Tracking and behavioural analysis in public places
An EU-funded project is developing a blueprint for the design of low-cost approach to behaviour analysis in public places, while respecting individuals' right to privacy. Such systems could be used for gauging crowd size and monitoring crowd flows for public safety and commercial purposes, for example.

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  Europe-wide ICT network to boost electric vehicle use
Long trips in electric cars are often impractical due to difficulties in charging up a vehicle when driving from one country to another. An EU-funded project has set up a network to ensure that cars can be plugged into charging points in any EU country. This could make electric vehicles more attractive - benefiting industry and the environment.

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  Aligning shared transport services to attract more users
An EU-funded project has improved understanding of people's choices when using a variety of shared transport services - such as carpooling. The analysis will help planners design more sustainable services better aligned to commuters' needs, encouraging them to leave their cars at home and thus easing road congestion.

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  Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.


  Probing Europe's economic challenges and boosting growth
The Great Recession and the European debt crisis caused grave and ongoing damage to European economies. Now an EU-funded group of researchers is advocating policy solutions that could place the EU on the path to faster innovation, lower inequality, higher employment and sustainable growth.

  Creating a better low-cost solar cell
Solar cells made with the mineral perovskite are very attractive as a means of producing green energy, largely because of their low cost. An EU-funded project set out to optimise these potentially revolutionary components to help bring renewable energy to a broader market.

  Understanding an island's geology to protect biodiversity
An EU-funded research project studied how the life cycles of oceanic islands affect the origin and extinction of life forms on them. The findings will help advance Europe's efforts to protect biodiversity in a changing world.

  New vistas for survey charting Europe's topography of age
If you want to know how Europeans experience retirement and age, why not ask them? A research infrastructure named SHARE has been doing just that, collecting a wealth of data for studies that produce invaluable insights for policymakers. An EU-funded project has expanded the scope of this biennial survey.

  More accurate testing for diagnosing dementia
Cognitive evaluation is a major pillar of detection and diagnosis of neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia. An EU-funded project has helped enhance the effectiveness of cognitive tests, benefiting patients, their families and society.

  Vast climate reanalysis holds extreme weather clues
An EU-funded project collected, digitalised and analysed huge amounts of climate data from 1900 to 2010, revealing climate change clues and building global models that could help anticipate extreme weather, potentially saving lives.

  An environmental impact label for safer, greener roads
An innovative evaluation and certification system for road infrastructure developed by EU-funded researchers promises to reduce the environmental and financial costs of building or upgrading road networks, while improving transport safety and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

  Cool and safe food storage is in the bag
Failing to keep frozen or chilled food cold during transport to consumers causes it to deteriorate, potentially leading to food poisoning or waste. An EU-funded project developed an environmentally friendly, flexible and low-cost solution - which could also save retailers and consumers money.

  Complexity science comes to the aid of the humanities
EU-funded researchers are applying analytical methods originally devised for problems in statistical physics to understand a range of complex systems from transport networks and electricity grids to quantum computers and even classical mythology.

  Smarter cities mean better quality of life
An EU-funded project is developing user-centric, smart solutions that will help Europe's expanding urban areas boost their citizens' quality of life and improve the environment as they grow.

  A fast, accurate and life-saving approach to diagnosing sepsis
EU-funded researchers have developed three innovative devices that will help doctors to diagnose sepsis more quickly and with greater precision, save lives and improve patients' chances of recovery from the deadly disease.

  Hybrid propulsion to power Europe's space missions
An EU-funded project carried out research into a hybrid propulsion engine that can transfer satellites into orbit more cost-effectively and with less pollution than other systems, ensuring Europe has independent, environmentally friendly access to space.

  Vitamin D trial results breakthrough
EU-funded researchers have delivered the first internationally comparable data providing firm evidence of a significant risk to public health in Europe from vitamin D deficiency.

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