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  GEOSS: Global connections
GEOSS is not just a system of systems, it is also a community of communities - a global ecosystem of groups and entities that provide or use earth observation data. An EU-funded project has smoothed the path for new members joining this growing alliance, notably by developing guidance for future contributors and setting up a stakeholder network.

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  Widening gap between the rich and poor in European cities
Shrimp heads, crab carapaces, lobster shells - many billion tonnes of shellfish waste are generated globally per year. Very little of it is put to good use. This could be about to change, as EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative way to transform this briny refuse into plastic.

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  New bioplastics bring chitin out of its shell
Shrimp heads, crab carapaces, lobster shells - many billion tonnes of shellfish waste are generated globally per year. Very little of it is put to good use. This could be about to change, as EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative way to transform this briny refuse into plastic.

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  Rethinking the blueprint for African-EU research
African and EU countries have long worked together on science and technology research. Now the way they collaborate is being rethought for the modern world. An EU-funded project has used a different approach for a more equal, coordinated research partnership between Africa and the EU.

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  High-tech electronics helps the search for space life
The TeraComp project has developed a state-of-the-art 'terahertz receiver' that may help detect traces of life in space. The technology could be used in a 'sub-millimetre spectrometer' for measuring wavelengths of light during the first ESA mission to Jupiter's moons, planned for launch in 2022.

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  Researchers discover how genetic mutations rewire cancer cells
An international team of researchers, led by ERC grantee Prof Rune Linding, discovered how genetic cancer mutations attack the networks controlling human cells. This knowledge is critical for the future development of personalized precision cancer treatments.

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  From blue ocean to icy clouds
We know that clouds in the Earth's atmosphere are made of liquid water droplets, ice particles or a mixture of both. Still, our basic understanding on the nature of these ice particles, how they form and their role in climate continue to be poor. The results of Dr Benjamin Murray's ERC research, published today in Nature, add a new piece to the atmospheric puzzle.

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  Finding the genetic causes of breast cancer
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women, with more than one million cases diagnosed in the world every year. The EU-funded BASIS project has reached a major milestone in characterising the different genetic mutations that lie behind this disease - defining the range of possibilities for drug development.

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  Back from the depths of Whittard Submarine Canyon
A team of 28 scientists and engineers led by ERC grantee Dr Veerle Huvenne has just returned from a successful 5-week expedition on board the RRS James Cook. They used tailored marine equipment to provide some of the first detailed acoustic maps of the fauna inhabiting the vertical cliffs of the Whittard Submarine Canyon. In this interview, Dr Huvenne shares her impressions on an extraordinary scientific journey.

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  More lupin beans, less cholesterol?
Juicy burgers, spicy kebabs, creamy chocolate shakes - limiting your intake of animal protein doesn't mean you have to forego such treats. Products as varied as meat-free steaks and non-dairy ice cream can, for example, be made from lupin seeds. An EU-funded project has helped to optimise such foods and studied potential health benefits.

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  3D city modelling for smarter parking
Tired of endlessly looking for a parking spot? Dreaming of having a bird's-eye view to locate free spaces in a congested city? ERC grantee Prof Luc Van Gool is a research leader in the area of computer vision. With his project 'VarCity', he works to innovate existing 3D city modelling by using object class recognition methods and crowd generated data. To apply his idea, Prof. Van Gool received an additional ERC Proof of Concept grant and created a spin-off that commercialises a video-based smart.

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  Young researchers address Europe's ageing infrastructure challenges
With transport demand increasing rapidly, an EU-funded network investigated how to ease the strain on Europe's ageing roads, railways and bridges, while training a new generation of researchers at the same time. The team used the latest technologies to improve maintenance techniques and design methods.

  Young physicists on the move
More than 40 young physicists have been given a flying start to their careers by an EU-funded programme of training and exchange visits between 12 European research centres.

  Root cause: making crop plants better at sourcing water and nutrients
Increasing a plant's ability to locate and absorb water and nutrients through its roots could potentially lead to bigger and better crop yields. That is the theory underlying an EU-supported research project at the University of Nottingham in England. Researchers there have been growing wheat and other crop plants in soils with different nutrients and water contents.

  Better ways to cook up food policy
Can too many cooks spoil the broth? Not if they find the right way to work together. An EU-funded project explored new methods for researchers, policy-makers and civil society groups to collaborate to make food sustainable - for both people and the planet.

  Getting a grip on epilepsy
Roughly six million people in Europe suffer from epilepsy. Although treatment is widely available, 30% of patients still experience uncontrolled seizures. Hoping to change their lives for the better, the EU-funded project EpiMiRNA is looking to improve our understanding of the underlying causes of the condition, and to open up new diagnostic and therapeutic pathways focusing on the role of microRNAs.

  Foreseeing the cities of the future?
To confront the current challenge of managing a city of 20 million, the Egyptian government has revealed plans earlier this year (2015) to build a new capital city, 45 kilometres east of Cairo. The ambitious project tackles growth over the next 50 years and has been set to adapt to future challenges, including population density and land constraints. Like Cairo, many other metropolises are currently under pressure.

  What's in it for the legumes?
Legumes fix nitrogen in the soil, helping other plants to thrive. But do they get anything in return? Indeed they do, says EU-funded research, if they're combined with suitable non-leguminous crops.

  Supporting family practice in Africa
What good is an empty clinic? The brain drain that is depleting health care services in many parts of Africa is leaving entire communities stranded. An EU-funded project is looking into ways to mobilise more human resources for primary health care across the continent.

  Desert sun partnership powers ahead
If there's one thing North Africa has in abundance, it is sun - and with it, the potential for cheap, plentiful solar power. An EU-funded project is adapting solar technology to the region's environment and infrastructure, while building local research capacity in the field.

  What African smallholders want from research
Most of the food produced in Africa is supplied by small-scale farmers, many of whom are struggling. New knowledge could help to boost these micro-operations and their contribution to food security, but smallholders are rarely consulted when research agendas are set. An EU-funded project focused on stimulating the necessary dialogue.

  Measuring machines for the nano-scale
Tiny components of products such as smartphones can require manufacturing tolerances of a few nanometres. EU-funded research has led to a new generation of industrial measuring machines and commercial applications that strengthen the dominance of European SMEs in nano-metrology.

  Responsible and inclusive innovation reaches the San of South Africa
Sidelined for decades because of their traditional way of life, South Africa's San, also known as Bushmen, are now attracting admiration and respect for their traditional knowledge on the medicinal properties of plants. An EU-funded project is helping the San to share this knowledge and claim their rightful benefits.

  Transporting lorry cargo monitoring into the 21st century
Some 10 years after its completion, the results of the EU-funded project VISIONS are conquering the world of dangerous goods road transport in the form of a real-time cargo monitoring system. The system has been installed in a 1 000 fuel tankers all over the world, facilitating inspections and thus improving safety and efficiency.


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