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  Powering a battery storage revolution
The atomic structure of common table salt could hold the key to a revolution in energy storage. EU-funded researchers are developing batteries that will extend the life of your mobile, power electric cars farther and support Europe's transition to renewables.

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  Balancing social cohesion and urban regeneration
EU research is exploring issues raised by the regeneration of urban areas and the frequent resulting displacement of existing populations, comparing case studies in both Europe and major Latin American cities. Lessons learned will inform future urban restructuration policies.

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  Graphene expertise for touch screens with a twist
Bendable, rollable, scrunchable - touch screen technology is on the move, and the scope for flexibility is just one of the possibilities that has emerged. With its many exciting properties, graphene is anticipated as a game changer for this shift. An EU-funded network is training a group of experts keen to harness this potential.

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  Solving the sand challenge for desert railways
EU-funded researchers are developing solutions to shelter train tracks from wind-blown sand, combining architectural, engineering and mathematical modelling innovations to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and protect billions of euros’ worth of railway infrastructure.

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  Fast, effective treatment for autoimmune rheumatic diseases
Autoimmune rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and scleroderma are debilitating and occasionally life-threatening. An EU and industry-funded project aims to improve treatment by getting the right therapies to the right patients, fast.

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  Community-based techniques to tackle obesity
Obesity - a leading cause of preventable illness and death - has soared in Europe in recent decades. Analysis by EU-funded researchers has helped identify integrated, community-based approaches to tackle the problem. The findings could foster new ways to save lives and cut healthcare costs.

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  Using smartphones to tackle teenage depression
EU-funded researchers are turning teenagers' ever-ready smartphones into a pioneering tool to prevent anxiety and depression, revolutionising access to effective, scalable and personalised digital mental healthcare.

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  Caring for the mental health of young carers
Thousands of children across Europe care for a sick or elderly relative, potentially to the detriment of their schooling, social development and mental health. A pioneering EU-funded project will provide much-needed support for this largely unrecognised group of young people.

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  Remote monitoring boost for long-term patients
Patients with long-term medical conditions, such as depression, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, need regular monitoring, but having to visit the clinic frequently for tests can be a problem. An EU- and industry-funded project is aiming to implement real-time, on-demand monitoring through remote assessment, to potentially improve patient experience and outcomes and increase clinical efficiency.

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  The ECHR and human rights violations against Kurds in Turkey
As the Turkish state continues to violate human rights in its Kurdish regions, the EU-funded DEMTUREUROPE project explores why the European Court of Human Rights is proving ineffective.

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  Better integration for a stronger Europe
Diversity is a sign of a healthy, democratic society, but ensuring that minorities are integrated into society is a challenge for policymakers. The EU-funded INTEGRIM programme has built a solid research foundation to develop evidence-based policies for social cohesion as people migrate and mix across Europe.

  Schiller - a philosopher who deserves greater recognition
Though best known as a poet and playwright, Friedrich Schiller was also an accomplished philosopher. An EU-funded project is raising the status of his philosophical work.

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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.


  History of Black Sea region drives research collaborations
An EU-funded project is delving into the past to stimulate future research and knowledge exchange between Europe and the Black Sea region.

  Vaccines, and their benefits beyond immunisation
How do vaccination programmes influence child survival in low-income countries? Protection against the targeted illness is not the only aspect to consider, according to an EU-funded project that explored associated outcomes known as 'non-specific effects'. The research focused on public health interventions in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea-Bissau.

  Taming the tsunami of mobile data
Data drives the internet as we know it. Getting it from one place to another, fast and unfettered, is one of the greatest challenges facing networks as the growth in video and other heavy applications show no signs of abating. European and Taiwanese network experts joined forces to prepare for the coming data tsunami by better integrating the front-and back-end mobile systems to deliver smoother, faster, cheaper 'crosshaul' solutions.

  Funding for young scientists advances medical research
International mobility fosters scientific exchange, a key element in advances in all areas of the life sciences. An EU-funded project supports this by awarding bursaries to postdoctoral scientists for research and training abroad - boosting Europe's capacity to make groundbreaking advances in medical research.

  Beating immune reactions for healthier heart valve implants
Existing data suggest that immune reactions reduce the lifespan of animal-derived heart valves implanted in cardiac patients. An EU-funded project discovered how to overcome this limitation, to produce valves with improved biocompatibility and novel immunological strategies that will benefit younger patients in particular.

  Rebuilding young lives with cell-free heart valves
Various options exist for the replacement of failing heart valves. However, none of the conventional ones are particularly well suited to persons in their teens or twenties, say EU-funded researchers who have developed an innovative solution to boost such patients' chances of leading normal lives.

  Smarter strategies to treat atrial fibrillation
An innovative smartphone app developed in an EU-funded project is helping doctors provide thousands of heart patients across Europe with better, more personalised treatment for atrial fibrillation - a major cause of stroke, dementia, heart failure and premature death.

  Predicting Atlantic Ocean and climate changes... new insights
European researchers joined forces with Atlantic African counterparts to explore the impacts of ocean changes on weather patterns, marine ecosystems and the wider socio-economic consequences for the region. Their findings uncover new thinking and calculations for wind, currents, and other factors in accurately modelling sea surface temperatures.

  Making the most of mathematical modelling
Powerful mathematical modelling and simulation systems are being made accessible to all by an EU-funded project that is driving innovation aimed at addressing societal and environmental challenges.

  Blue e-infrastructure to inform blue growth policy
Without a clear view of marine resources and environments, efforts to derive sustainable growth from the seas cannot fully succeed. An EU-funded project has developed virtual labs for research relevant to policy aimed at activating untapped economic potential in a sustainable manner and stimulating job creation in the marine and maritime sectors.

  Making sense of commitment
An EU-funded project is exploring what keeps people committed to a task even when they get bored, distracted or are tempted to stop. The findings could foster productivity-boosting strategies, improve robot-human interactions and even help treat borderline personality disorder.

  An integrated response to food-borne disease
Human welfare is closely linked to the health of animals and the environment. An EU-funded joint research programme has been created to align developments in medicine, veterinary science and consumer health protection to tackle food-borne health threats in a more integrated way across Europe.

  Big data solutions for big farming challenges
Vast volumes of data from satellites in space, drones in the air and sensors on the ground will be harnessed by a pioneering EU-funded project that promises to revolutionise farming, land use, agricultural sustainability and food security.

  Soil study digs deep to improve land management
Our soil is a vital environmental resource which is increasingly coming under threat. EU-funded research is assessing the impact of soil degradation on a range of ecosystem services to find ways of protecting and restoring soils across Europe.

  Protecting the rights of intersex people
An EU-funded project has made recommendations to protect the rights of intersex people and prevent unnecessary, non-consensual medical interventions. This could strengthen European efforts to support sexual minorities.

  Coming soon... a new app for independent hotels
Home2nite is where the hospitality industry meets mobile technology. A new app is designed to give Europe's independent hotels a smart advantage over the big chains in improving customer experience.

  Keeping captured carbon dioxide safely locked away
Storing man-made carbon dioxide deep underground is a promising intermediate solution for tackling climate change. An EU-funded project has developed innovative techniques to help ensure the potent greenhouse gas stays safely locked up.

  Early warning for widespread and deadly diseases
EU-funded researchers are applying innovative techniques to detect early-warning signs of some of the most widespread and deadly diseases in Europe, enabling underlying health conditions to be treated sooner and more effectively, and ultimately saving lives.

  Shaping the future of Europe's energy policy
The transition toward clean, efficient and secure energy will require more than just technological innovation. An EU-funded project is applying research insights from across the social sciences and humanities to help guide European energy policy.

  Reliable climate data to support research
An EU-funded project is bringing insights from metrology - measurement science - to bear on observation of the Earth's climate from space. This could improve understanding of the climate and help predict changes to it, furthering European efforts in this field.

  Controlling light at the nanoscale thanks to graphene
Graphene, an atomically thin lattice of carbon, has many exceptional properties. An EU-funded project is developing ways to use this unique nanomaterial efficiently in novel optical technologies with potential applications in medical imaging, biosensing, signal processing and computing.

  Mathematical modellers focus on mouse lens
EU-funded researchers have created the first-ever full simulation of the growth of the lens within the eye of a mouse. It has given insights into how the lens develops and the formation of cataracts.

  Boosting the fight against drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals
An EU- and industry-funded project has built an extensive public-private network to speed up the development of treatments to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause infections in intensive care units, helping address a major issue for hospitals.

  A study in gesture interactions
The EU-funded GETUI project is developing ways to assess how gestures fit into the communication skill set needed for collaborative problem solving.

  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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