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  Towards science-based policies for the Baltic Sea
The challenges affecting a regional sea cannot be tackled effectively by individual countries acting alone. Nor can they be addressed without a thorough understanding of the relevant facts and processes. The states bordering the Baltic Sea are cooperating in a joint research programme to provide policy-makers with the information they need to achieve greater sustainability.

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  A robot that grows
Scientists in Italy are working on creating robots that mimic the properties of plant roots, including the capacity for growth. They believe the potential future applications are not just the stuff of science-fiction.

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  Building a graphene-based future for Europe
Graphene is the strongest, most impermeable and conductive material known to man. Graphene sheets are just one atom thick, but 200 times stronger than steel. The European Union is investing heavily in the exploitation of graphene's unique properties through a number of research initiatives such as the SEMANTICS project running at Trinity College Dublin.

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  Robots of the deep
Underwater robots can explore seas and rivers, gathering in groups to solve problems together, if they learn to cooperate. How can we teach robots?

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  Personalised travel advice from your pocket
While many of us are used to checking transport schedules on our smartphones, the i-TOUR app, created by EU-funded researchers, goes much further. It advises which form of transport is most appropriate to get from A to B in large urban areas wherever you are in Europe, and takes into account personal preferences, weather and changing circumstances. The i-TOUR team is currently discussing how to take the idea to the market.

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  Printable cables could spell green energy boost
Superconductors can provide a greener way to transport energy but are expensive to make and maintain. An EU-funded project has developed a way to 'print' the superconducting tapes that form power cables, reducing costs and opening the way to their wider use by industry.

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  Spray the rats away - better ways to rid us of rodents
Rats damage crops, buildings and infrastructure, costing billions of euros every year. They also carry more than 60 diseases that threaten humans and animals. But now scientists in Britain are using smart electronics to counter the danger.

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  New antibiotic starts the long journey to market
A completely new antibiotic to help combat drug resistance has been discovered by EU-funded researchers. It is now in clinical trials in collaboration with a world-leading pharmaceutical company.

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  Is it safe? Seeking a universal test for fresh water
Almost 100 million Europeans do not have access to safe, reliable water. As conventional methods of detecting pathogens can be complex and take time, developing an effective system to quickly test water has become imperative.

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  Growing up in the shadow of intolerance
Despite the recent rise of radical, extreme or populist movements in Europe, young Europeans still accept democracy and reject violence, an EU-backed project has found. However, many feel that the political establishment does not represent them, leading them to consider alternative politics. Politicians must start listening more to young people to engage them fully in the democratic process, the researchers advise.

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  Safety in numbers... for European transport systems
Years of research, application and targeted policy initiatives have massively improved the safety of Europe's transportation system. An EU-funded project has identified ways for researchers to share their knowledge and work with each other and policymakers, leading to new insights on how to make all transport modes safer for Europeans.

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  The Plight of the Pollinators
Pollinators like bumblebees are declining in Europe. What are the causes, the consequences and the possible solutions? Researchers know that the causes are multiple: a combination of habitat loss, pathogens, alien species, agrichemical pollution and even climate change.


  Fighting seaweed with green technology
Biofouling - or biological fouling - is the build-up of plants, algae and other marine organisms on wet surfaces, which can corrode and damage objects such as ships, pipes, and bridge supports. The issue has long defied engineers and scientists. The EU funded research project SEACOAT has developed a novel green technology that applies special coatings on vulnerable surfaces to control biofouling.

  A second chance for injured brains
Jouni Salmenjaakko, once a busy executive manager, now spends all his time with his family at their home in Turku in southern Finland. Brain injuries suffered in a car crash during a business trip in Dubai have left the 47-year-old unable to work.

  Modelling climate impacts on crops and pests
Climate change poses new challenges for farmers, and for the scientists who try to predict its effects. An EU-funded researcher has developed a computer model for better predictions of environmental impacts on crops and communities.

  Transforming the driving experience: the connected car
Just as the internet revolutionised the way we use mobile devices, the 'connected car' has the opportunity to transform the driving experience. CARMESH, a European Union (EU)-funded Marie Curie project, took the first steps towards a seamless integration of digital life into the car.

  Innovative research on CO2 capture for a sustainable energy future
Global warming, largely caused by increases in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, has a major impact on biodiversity and climatic conditions on Earth. One of the answers to the growing concerns surrounding man-caused greenhouse gas emissions is the development of carbon capture and storage technology (CCS).

  Deep Cure
Over 99% of the microscopic inhabitants of the world's seas have still not been scientifically studied, even though many of them might be useful to treat cancer and other human diseases. In fact, there are so many unexplored species that it is hard to even estimate how much we still do not know about them.

  Planning the future of wave and tidal energy
When it comes to renewable energies, wind and solar power have already become staples of our electricity mix. Wave and tidal energy could be next in line. EU-funded researchers are already making waves, aiming to help industry cut costs and increase reliability with innovative decision-making software.

  A closer look at corruption, and how to fight it
The battle against corruption has been a challenge ever since the first bribe was exchanged for private gain. There have been some successes and many failures. In response, EU-funded researchers are taking a fresh look at one of the murkiest sides of human behaviour. Their studies have already yielded results - steps towards practical solutions to an age-old problem.

  Keeping the balance: people and nature
In the hunt for sustainable solutions to problems arising when humans interact with the nature around them, having the local community on board is a must. The EU-funded COMET-LA project is studying environmental challenges in local communities in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina to understand and come up with solutions that could be applied anywhere.

  Ensuring the freedom and independence of Europe's media in a changing world
The role of the media in guaranteeing that citizens have the information and tools they need to fully engage with democratic processes has been put into the spotlight in recent years. While the freedom of journalists and media organisations to report the truth has largely been taken for granted in democratic societies, new challenges and difficulties are raising new questions about how these freedoms can remain resilient.

  Understanding climate change impact on Amazon deforestation
EU-funded researchers have assessed the impact of climate and land-use change on deforestation in the Amazon and put forward policy recommendations designed to ensure the long term sustainability of this vast ecosystem.


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