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  In search of sensitive and sustainable crisis response
The EU is confronted by numerous conflicts in neighbouring regions and further afield, from the Middle East to Mali. An EU-funded project is examining whether the bloc's response is sensitive to the political and social context in each of these complex crises, and aims to ensure future interventions are efficient and sustainable.

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  Invisible coating to protect Europe's priceless marble artworks
EU-funded research is refining new bio-based protective coatings for marble artworks under constant punishment from weather and pollution. Better, longer-lasting treatments are a sustainable solution to protecting Europe's priceless cultural heritage.

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  Building a global advantage in safety-critical systems
An EU-funded project has established a European standard that promotes the sharing of data across partners, stakeholders and customers - safeguarding the region's status as a global leader in safety-critical systems used for the aerospace, automotive, healthcare and rail sectors.

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  From earthquakes to unrest: new platform boosts community resilience in a crisis
"It's very rare that computer scientists think about the definition of 'resilience', or get to work with the users of a tool," says Shadrock Roberts of the Kenyan non-profit social enterprise Ushahidi, a partner in the COMRADES project. But this is precisely what happened when a diverse consortium of researchers got together to create a platform to support community resilience during a crisis.

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  Multi-angle picture of urban segregation and mobility
An EU-funded project explored how political, spatial and social factors shape segregation and mobility in two contrasting national contexts: Sweden and Israel. A new transport modelling tool, published findings and a film are helping to inform policymakers.

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  Worldcoo helps NGOs raise funds through online tool on e-commerce sites
Would you be willing to add 1 EUR to your online purchases to support charity projects? EU-funded Worldcoo makes this possible with a simple click, by adding a widget - a small application - on a commercial website and offers you to chip in for charity or environmental projects run by NGOs, just before you check out your online shopping basket.

  New software to help EU dredging industry stay strong
An EU-funded project has developed simulation software in a bid to save money and reduce the impact dredging has on the built environment. Being able to simulate water and soil interactions is a game changer for Europe's EUR 7 billion industry which provides jobs for a quarter of a million people.

  Don't leave randomness to chance - get certified
What do we mean by randomness? EU-funded researchers have come up with new insights into the nature of randomness that could ultimately have application in fields as diverse as lotteries and cryptography.

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  Greening aluminium production
Aluminium is a vital material. Yet its production consumes vast amounts of raw materials and energy. An EU-funded project has developed waste-ore recycling processes and power-saving furnaces that could shrink the industry's environmental footprint while increasing its long-term competitiveness.

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  Ensuring data privacy in the cloud
Cloud computing infrastructure is critical to the modern economy, but its increasingly widespread use for storing and processing sensitive personal data is raising privacy and security fears. An EU-funded consortium is redesigning cloud architectures to put privacy at the heart of distributed data management.

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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.


  A more efficient way of designing proteins
Thanks to the algorithms that are being developed by an EU-funded project, scientists have an easier time finding the information they need to more efficiently design new proteins that can be used, for example, in the development of new medicines.

  Turning waste into wastewater treatment
Water scarcity in the Mediterranean, South America, Africa... It is a growing global problem, as climate change pressure mounts and inefficiencies in water use and treatment continue, particularly in water-intensive industries. An EU-backed team - working with international partners - has developed an innovative, low-cost inorganic wastewater treatment using agricultural and industrial leftovers.

  How to build a large spacecraft
Need to retrieve a few tonnes of cargo from Mars? Send some seriously heavy gear into deep space? Fly out sufficient mass to deflect an asteroid? Current spacecraft would not be nearly big or powerful enough, say EU-funded researchers who have looked into a possible next-generation design based on nuclear electric propulsion.

  Challenging gender stereotypes in science
By developing gender-inclusive guidelines and criteria for schools, museums, science centres and industry, an EU-funded project aims to attract more young people, especially girls, to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

  Delivering cost-effective clean energy to consumers
EU-funded research is ensuring that new policy tools supporting the renewable energy sector - such as auctions - deliver on their promise to provide cost-efficient, carbon-free energy for consumers, helping Europe meet its environmental and economic targets.

  New light on sub-Saharan nutrition research
Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa still suffer from high rates of malnutrition, despite international efforts to address the issue. An EU-funded project brought together African researchers and stakeholder organisations to define research priorities that could improve results and strengthen the continent's capacity in this field.

  Sweeping up space junk
An EU-funded project developed and commercialised an innovative device for safely removing so-called space junk, inoperable and defunct satellites and other debris cluttering up Earth's orbit.

  Improving testing and repair of oil and gas pipelines
Novel testing and maintenance methods for oil and gas pipelines developed by EU-funded researchers are helping to ensure the reliability and safety of the extensive pipeline networks that are critical to Europe's energy security.

  Banking on construction materials for eco-benefits
Building materials produce a significant volume of waste which, in turn, creates a sizeable environmental impact. EU-funded research and innovation is exploring how the construction sector can embrace the circular economy, as well as increase the reuse and recycling of materials, components and building functionalities.

  Fighting crime and terrorism with voice recognition
Voice-recognition technology can play a valuable part in preventing and solving crimes, including terrorist acts. The EU-funded project SIIP is developing software to reliably identify speakers in legally intercepted phone calls and social media. The database will be accessible to enforcement authorities through Interpol.

  Assistive technology offers a helping hand
An EU co-funded research network is working on pioneering assistive technologies which can support independent living and enable choice among those diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, in a bid to improve their quality of life.

  New online tools to shine light on public spending
Corruption in public spending wastes taxpayers' money and erodes trust in governments. The EU-funded project DIGIWHIST aims to make public procurement more efficient and transparent with online tools that use big data and empower citizens to report abuses.

  What now for the EU and Turkey?
The EU and Turkey each face internal, regional and global challenges. The EU-funded FEUTURE project is examining the dynamics of these challenges. Its recommendations will help policymakers make informed decisions on future relations between the EU and Turkey.

  Digitally enhanced networks for optimal crisis management
How can new technologies be used most effectively in crisis response? How can responders be better coordinated, damage mitigated and lives saved? An EU-funded project has sought to answer those questions and many more through far-reaching research into networked crisis management.

  Tackling the growing menace of forest wildfires
Researchers from Europe and Australia have joined forces to improve our understanding of forest wildfires. The EU-funded project promises to deliver new knowledge and develop software tools that will help emergency services deal with wildfires more effectively.

  From divergence to dialogue about historical memory
Almost 140 years after the Russian-Ottoman War, an EU-funded project aimed to bridge the divide between contradictory national memories of the conflict that continue to stir political, social and cultural controversy across Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus.

  Advanced 3D models improve breast cancer detection
An EU-funded project is developing advanced three-dimensional computational and physical models of breast tumours, providing the medical community with powerful new instruments to tackle breast cancer. The initiative will reveal the possibilities for improved diagnostic techniques for detecting a disease that affects one in eight women in Europe at some point in their lives.

  Anti-mosquito innovation boosts malaria battle
In the long-running fight against malaria in Africa, current anti-mosquito measures are reaching their limits. An EU-funded project has developed new ways to protect people and prevent the spread of the potentially fatal disease.

  Marginalised indigenous youth, a story that resonates
An EU-funded research project is using state-of-the-art visual data and co-mapping exercises to better understand the impact of social exclusion and displacement among marginalised indigenous youth in Santiago, Chile. A better understanding of their lives could feed into programmes to better meet their needs and expectations.

  Multi-scale modelling for smarter, greener traffic management
An EU-funded project is laying the foundations for next-generation urban traffic management systems that are capable of intelligently anticipating congestion, rather than simply reacting to it. Using innovative modelling techniques and smart city technologies, the research promises to make trips faster while reducing urban transport’s environmental impact.

  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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