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  Safer roads for cyclists
Cyclists suffer a disproportionately high share of road accident injuries and fatalities. Through a combination of detection technologies, warning systems, information display and cooperation systems aimed at reducing collisions, EU-funded researchers are planning to cut fatality figures and make cycling safer.

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  Community-based approaches to diabetes
Diabetes is a global health threat. Three EU-funded projects are testing community-based approaches to prevention and management of the disease in Europe, Asia and Africa.

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  Integrating better care for older people
EU-funded project SUSTAIN aims to improve care services for the elderly by integrating the needs and wishes of patients. Such integrated, patient-centred care will promote better services and more choice for older people.

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  From wings to walls: EU funded project turns on a new era in heating
Imagine wind turbine or aircraft wings that de-ice themselves in extreme conditions or floors and walls with invisible, built-in heating. Or even clothes that warm you up on the coldest of days.

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  Fighting obesity through proper pre- and postnatal nutrition
EU-researchers are demonstrating how diet and lifestyle before and during pregnancy, along with infant feeding choices, have a direct impact on the risk of obesity from childhood through to adulthood.

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  Sharing maritime space to unlock growth in the blue economy
From mussel farming to wind farms, the EU-funded MARIBE project showed how various marine projects could cut costs and benefit from each other by linking up. Optimising the use of our oceans and seas would also stimulate growth in the blue economy.

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  Developing new ways to monitor the progress of bone grafts
VIVOIMAG aims to develop a new contrast agent to improve visibility and enable the real-time evaluation of bone grafts using existing scanning and imaging techniques. Such innovation could, in the future, have a substantial impact on the medical field of tissue regeneration.

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  Nanodiamonds sparkle as science delves into the human body
The world's hardest natural material also has the most enthralling sparkle - these two properties mean that tiny diamonds are giving us dramatic new ways of interacting with the human body.

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  Creating the light urban vehicles of the future
Future urban mobility will require more space for people and environmentally friendly vehicles, and less space for cars. L-category vehicles such as motorbikes and mopeds could be part of the solution, but potential users are put off by high prices.

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  Digital data solutions to improve transport mobility
In a bid to achieve problem-free and proactive mobility solutions for transport, the EU-funded OPTIMUM project is developing IT systems to monitor, gather and analyse multi-source big data on transportation behaviours. This will improve transit, freight transportation and congestion levels throughout Europe.

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  Making dreams come true: EU scientists turn tiny ideas into real materials
Technology relies on new ideas. And in recent decades, there has been an explosion of new ideas about materials just a fraction of the size of a human hair. Nanomaterials - materials on the scale of nanometres - promise to improve and even revolutionise products from electricity cables to personal electronics to solar panels.


  Of cattle conduct and climate change
Cattle produce methane, and methane emissions affect the climate - but there are differences in the amounts individual members of a herd contribute. Behaviour and stress play a role, say EU-funded researchers highlighting the importance of animal welfare. To boost feed efficiency and curb emissions, they note, we must respect the way of the cow.

  3D sound maps to help neighbourhoods 'absorb' noise
Loud neighbours, traffic, and even trains - these are the noises of the modern urban neighbourhood. To help nullify this racket, urban planners may soon use 3D audio maps to design streets that absorb noise.

  New valve increases oil recovery for better fuel security
Most oil wells are only able to extract about 32% of the oil available inside. This makes oil a costly and somewhat limited resource, placing Europe's fuel security at risk. The EU-funded REVIVAL project has improved and tested a valve that can significantly increase the recovery of oil from offshore and onshore wells and prolong their productive life.

  Advanced robotics for assisted living
The EU-funded RAMCIP project is developing a novel domestic service robot to assist the elderly, Alzheimer's patients and people suffering mild cognitive impairments with daily activities. The robot will be able to decide autonomously when and how to intervene to assist its user.

  Tools for modelling and predicting cancer progress
Every cancer follows its own complex path. An EU-funded project is developing experimental tools and a computer model to generate and test ideas on the combined impact of the body's cell and chemical processes on cancer progress. The findings should one day help researchers and SMEs find better-targeted drugs faster.

  Could optical fibre sensors save lives?
Scientists fear that even before one of the last frontiers of exploration, the ocean deep, has been properly studied it will already have been exploited by commercial deep-sea mining looking for rare metal and minerals on the ocean floor, leaving its unique ecosystems badly damaged.

  Enabling European innovation in industrial biotech
The EU-funded BIO-TIC project has issued a roadmap to help European industrial biotech companies overcome the hurdles to innovation that have prevented the widespread commercialisation of bio-based products.

  Tapping the biotech potential of 'synthetic cell factories'
EU-funded researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of bioengineering microbial strains in a controlled manner, a fundamental scientific breakthrough that has significant potential for drug development and biotechnology. The project was also instrumental in establishing a new scientific discipline - xenobiology.

  New software to improve reliability of Europe's electricity networks
A consortium of software firms, power network operators and universities from across Europe has developed software aimed at ensuring a steady electricity supply throughout the continent.

  Energy for everyone: EU researchers take first steps towards new batteries
Mobile devices like laptops, cellular phones and other devices - powered by a new generation of lithium-ion based batteries - have changed our lives, according to Professor Silvia Bodoardo of the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Likewise, electric vehicles (or EVs) powered by larger versions of these batteries could transform our cities - reducing petrol consumption and emissions of carbon dioxide and toxic air pollutants.

  Distant atmospheres narrow down search for alien life
By studying the atmospheres of distant planets with sensitive new light analysis techniques, astrobiologists might be able to pinpoint which ones could be home to alien lifeforms.

  Developing tools for early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's
PANA has set out to develop an innovative method to diagnose Alzheimer's in its early stages, up to five years before the occurrence of clinical symptoms. This could increase the duration and quality of patients' lives considerably.

  'Asian trade may have launched Europe's industrial age
Bygone Asian cotton and porcelain trade routes could have spurred the consumption of luxury goods in Europe, researchers believe, while scientific cooperation with modern Asia is still leading to new technological advances.

  Light vehicles for a greener future: meeting users' needs
To increase the uptake of electric vehicles in European urban areas, the EU-funded WEEVIL project is developing a light three-wheeler that meets users' expectations in terms of comfort, driving experience, innovation and affordability.

  A recipe for 'time-rich' sustainable lifestyle
As consumption-driven material affluence increases, and our ecological footprint with it, the general happiness and wellbeing of stressed Europeans paradoxically decreases. An EU-funded project is researching how to turn this conundrum on its head.

  Energy saving for industrial robots
Automated manufacturing saves time, ensures product quality and makes workplaces safer. But it also requires additional power. Grid architecture and tools from an EU-funded project could make robotised factories more energy-efficient, improving their competitiveness and environmental impact.

  Scientists fear deep-sea mining
Scientists fear that even before one of the last frontiers of exploration, the ocean deep, has been properly studied it will already have been exploited by commercial deep-sea mining looking for rare metal and minerals on the ocean floor, leaving its unique ecosystems badly damaged.

  Connecting the EU research dots
The first step towards open access to research findings is an open discussion on what this involves and how it can be achieved. The EU-funded PASTEUR4OA project brought together experts to develop and reinforce open access strategies and policies across Member States in a coordinated and collaborative approach.

  One small step for a protein...
EU-funded researchers have built a new microscope that can track single molecules, and have used it to clarify how materials are transported inside living cells. It could have wide application in science, medicine and industry.

  Bio-active prosthetic joints for more successful implants
An unsuccessful joint replacement will cause pain, immobility and a progressively unstable hip or knee - for example - that needs repeat surgery. The EU-funded project BIOSTEM has developed a coating for artificial joints to improve the chances of stability and avoid these symptoms that threaten patient quality of life.

  Advice for farmers on best grass for biofuels
Farmers and growers of perennial grass for biomass are using the results of an EU-funded project that investigated new strains, seeking higher productivity and increased stress tolerance.

  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.

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