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  Maximising air quality data to better forecast climate change
Climate forecasts depend in particular on precise information - not only to estimate how living conditions on Earth may change, but also how humanity will have to adapt to these changes. A European Union (EU)-funded project, MACC, has developed an innovative system to collect and coordinate precise information to aid in these climate forecasts.

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  The eaves of death for malaria mosquitoes
EU-funded researchers have developed three new tools to kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They are now working to bring their low-cost innovations to market quickly a boost to the global battle against this deadly disease.

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  Doing away with bacteria in water systems
Harmful bacteria can be removed from water sources through the addition of copper and silver ions. The SILCO project has developed an innovative monitoring device that senses the elimination process of complex bacterial communities known as biofilm and unsafe bacteria from drinking water systems.

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  Shakin' all over - Europe researches quake-proof bridges
Earthquakes take lives, destroy buildings, wreck roads and infrastructure. Is there a way to protect our cities with computer technology? Earthquakes cannot be prevented. But with new technologies, a lot can be done to ensure that the urban infrastructure is ready when a disaster strikes.

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  Mass producing super-thin films that can 'squeeze' electricity
Today, we might take it for granted that mobile-phone cameras, desktop printers, medical equipment, automobile parts and other everyday items will continue to get smaller, lighter and more reliable.These enhancements seem so natural and gradual that we might not even realise it on a day-to-day basis.

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  Volume down for noisy traffic
A new road surface cuts tyre noise to one-tenth of that produced on today's asphalt. EU-funded researchers have now moved tests from the lab to Europe's roads, with the aim of providing a quieter, less stressful life for those living next to lots of traffic.

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  How to combat undesirable odours
Odours from industry, chemical plants or livestock breeding can be a nuisance for people living in the surrounding areas. Those affected have in the past been asked to help tackle the cause of the problem, but in the majority of cases their input has seldom been used. Until now that is. The European Union (EU)-funded project OMNISCIENTIS brings together state-of-the-art information and communication technologies as well as Earth observation applications to help reduce odour annoyance.

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  EU tooling industry tools up
Hard to imagine, but yes - some of us go entire days without a thought for the future of the tooling industry. Few of us, however, go entire days without handling products the sector helped to shape, such as a toothbrush or a smartphone. A team of EU-funded researchers has developed innovative products as well as guidance on business models to help Europe's tooling manufacturers remain competitive.

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  Searching in the age of multimedia infobesity: when human and social intelligence works hand in hand with computational power
In today's society we are surrounded by a vast sea of information - we find ourselves constantly bombarded by a bewildering array of messages via different platforms from media organisations, advertising agencies, and even from our friends and families.

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  Say cheese! Making pizza a guilt-free pleasure
Easy to make, cheap and cheerful, pizza remains a favourite meal in many countries. But, as with many things in life, the pleasure comes with a price. Much of the flavour comes from the fatty cheese that melts so deliciously, and so temptingly for diet-watchers. Is it possible to make pizza less fatty?

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  Improving drug treatment for schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a disabling mental illness that affects millions of Europeans. Drugs to manage the disease have mixed success - about 30 percent of patients do not respond to medication at all.


  How research can help pluralism across Europe
Europe has always been a blend of cultures and communities, with a regular churn of people across the continent. Yet the mix can be complex, and some find the changes difficult. While there may be no perfect way to manage Europe’s ethnic and religious diversity, the European Union (EU)-funded research project ACCEPT PLURALISM has developed a guide to help deal with the challenges as they arise.

  Enhancing EU-African cooperation
Dialogue and international cooperation form the basis of a European Union (EU)-funded project that fosters new ideas, sharing of knowledge and working relationships for the benefit of both Europe and Africa.

  Life-saving ultrasound device could prevent heart attacks and strokes
European scientists have developed a revolutionary new ultrasound device capable of identifying patients at imminent risk of a heart attack or stroke. The technique, which is the subject of a patent application, was developed by the SUMMIT project, which is supported by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

  Elixir of youth
An elixir of eternal youth may be the stuff of legend and beyond the reach of humans, but it is not such a fantasy in the world of art restoration, thanks to pioneering work being carried out in a project in the Italian city of Florence.

  An innovative and expanding journey planner
Location-based services use information on the geographical position of mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. These services are expanding beyond consumer-facing products like the check-in applications (apps) one often sees on Facebook, and nowadays they are even powering advertisements, weather and travel apps.

  New treatments for babies born with low blood pressure
EU-funded, The HIP Trial was set to study pre-term infants and shedding light onto the best treatment for hypotension in the first 72 hours of life.

  Boring buildings be gone
A new process for concrete buildings has robots cutting mould shapes and bending the steel reinforcement. Self-compacting concrete fills the mould, giving smooth, organic-looking buildings, but without the usual cost. The technologies, developed by EU-funded researchers, are already on the market.

  Behind the mask of biometric security
How reliable is biometric security? Computers recognize us by our faces, voices and fingerprints, but can we trick them by pretending to be someone else? In this edition of Futuris Denis Loctier finds out just how easily this can be done.

  3D food printing technology to help people with chewing difficulties
Food is an important part of any person's well-being. However, for people who might suffer from chewing or swallowing difficulties, eating a nutritious, balanced diet that is also appealing could be a challenge.

  What to do about rising inequality
An EU-funded study has resulted in the most comprehensive picture yet of the widening income gap across Europe between top earners and other workers - and how it affects societies. It will help policymakers make informed decisions on how best to reduce the gap - and support those who are falling behind.

  Improving public health in Europe through better air quality information
PASODOBLE project has developed a European-wide system, called 'Myair', to deliver essential air quality data to environmental officials, doctors and hospitals, as well as to the public at large.


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