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  A safe source of drinking water for rural Malawi
The EU-funded WATERSPOUTT project's partners in Malawi are designing and testing an innovative solar-ceramic water filtration system capable of providing local communities with a reliable source of clean water at the household level.

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  Europe stands up to lead the solar-thermal electricity way
All-too-often it takes global disasters or looming events to bring countries together for a common cause. Climate change is perhaps the biggest 'event' of this kind, an existential threat driving international research cooperation in a new sustainable solution called solar-thermal electricity (STE). But it takes leadership to forge such a grand alliance of scientists, engineers, technicians and companies prepared to back progress in this field. Europe stood up when it was needed.

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  Exoskeleton suit provides smart solution to lower back pain
A smart robotic exoskeleton developed by an EU-funded project will help prevent lower back pain and provide relief to millions of people who suffer from the debilitating condition, one of the main causes of worker absenteeism worldwide.

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  Reactor design to make nuclear waste less radioactive
High-level nuclear waste includes long-lived and high-radiotoxic radionuclides. An EU-funded project helps to solve this issue by carrying out the research needed to build a facility that is capable of splitting material with long radioactive half-lives into radionuclide products with 1 000 times shorter half-lives.

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  Preparing Europe's emergency services for a warmer future
As climate change worsens, natural disasters like forest fires are becoming more destructive. Firefighters and other emergency service providers often feel outmatched. An EU-funded project is helping these first responders improve their coordination and equipment to keep Europeans safe.

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  Science comics: drawing people into research
Cutting-edge science can be difficult for the general public to understand, so an EU-funded project has turned to the power of visual storytelling to develop an innovative form of science communication.

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  From brine to blue growth, using marine biotechnology
Powerful compounds, intriguing properties, underused potential... marine resources such as algae are already powering innovation in areas as varied as fuel production, bioremediation and medicine, and the journey of discovery continues. An EU-funded project set out to accelerate the process and help advance Europe's bioeconomy.

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  Redesigning enzymes to rev up drug production
EU-funded researchers have developed new computer simulations for routinely redesigning enzymes - an approach that could speed up medicine production and help make the pharmaceutical industry more eco-friendly.

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  Newly discovered proteins boost booming biomaterials market
EU-funded researchers have discovered new families of proteins and enzymes that will enable the development of novel plant-based biomaterials, potentially providing viable sustainable and renewable alternatives to plastics and other fossil-fuel-derived materials and chemicals.

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  New-generation CT scanners promise better diagnosis
An EU-funded project has made a breakthrough in medical imaging. By developing a photon-counting detector for CT scanners, higher-resolution images with lower radiation doses can be produced for accurate non-invasive screening and diagnosis of diseases.

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  Heart disease research offers new interpretation of the 'spice of life'
Spices have been used in food and traditional medicine for millennia. But a new interpretation of 'SPICES' is coming to mitigate cardiovascular risk factors in carefully selected sites in parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Europe... the international research kind.

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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.


  Give us a twirl: virtual garment prototypes on the move
Dreaming up new clothes? Animation techniques shaped by EU-funded researchers can show you how your designs would turn out by simulating the behaviour of the yarn in the fabric. A spin-off is about to launch a first product based on this approach, for use in the fashion industry - potentially boosting its competitiveness.

  A monitoring system for carbon dioxide emissions
A transparent system for monitoring and reporting CO2 emissions is needed to support climate-change mitigation goals. To this end, an EU-funded project is combining satellite and ground-based data with Earth system modelling to provide detailed information about worldwide anthropogenic CO2 emissions and their evolution over time.

  Phages, a bacteria killer with a twis...
Putting a fresh spin on the proverb 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend', EU-funded researchers have developed and tested an innovative treatment for infections caused by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, which have developed into a major public health threat. This new weapon is a cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses called 'phages'.

  Putting smartphones at the centre of online security
An EU-funded project has launched a smartphone-centric authentication platform securely connecting all online accounts with a user's identity, putting an end to having to remember myriad PINs and passwords. This could help protect against hacking and boost confidence in online commerce amid privacy concerns.

  Should central bankers fight inflation or go for growth?
Since 1998, the European Central Bank's priority has been to maintain price stability in the euro area. However, EU-funded researchers have proposed that central bankers should place more emphasis on boosting the economy in difficult times. The project's recommendations could feed into policies for a more prosperous Europe.

  A pan-European approach to research on radioactive waste management
The European Commission is supporting a new European Joint research Programme on radioactive waste management, building on the far-reaching results of an EU-funded project that explored how best to pool resources, expertise and research and development efforts for the safe, efficient and secure treatment and storage of radioactive waste.

  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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