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Updated: Wed, 16 Apr 2014  

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  Digitising the past
Although millions of books are scanned and put online every year, making old documents and texts available on the web is a difficult and painstaking process.

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  International horizons in crop breeding
Today, we are faced with the challenge of providing safe, nutritious and affordable food for the world's ever increasing population.

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  Probing the brain without surgery
A breakthrough European research project has developed a safe and simple approach that avoids surgery and its associated risks in order to help patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The BrainSafe project uses an innovative technology for non-invasive monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP), the pressure inside the skull and thus the brain tissue and the surrounding fluid.

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  International exchange fosters better local action on deforestation
Many efforts are being made at a governmental and global level to reduce deforestation and other major contributors to climate change. The REDD-ALERT project focused on how such international and national policy initiatives - for example, the discussions taking place under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - could be translated into ideas for action on the ground.

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  Bags of water
A waterbag is a flexible container system for freshwater transport. The Refresh project consortium chose to test their water bag prototype in Crete. The technology is not new, but the team have developed a new approach.

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  New stem cell-based treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
EU-funded researchers have developed a new potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, based on adult stem cells from body fat, or adipose tissue. The results of initial clinical trials are encouraging, and with a large number of patients all over the world, the benefits could be staggering.

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  Encouraging kids' fitness by improving their experiences in organised sport
In many European countries more than 20 per cent of children are overweight, and that number is rising. One of the most effective ways to keep children active is through organised sport. However, many children involved in sport choose to drop out when they reach adolescence.

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  How plants evolved and what it means for our food supply
An EU-funded project investigating how oxygen in the air millions of years ago might have affected the evolution of plants is making important discoveries that could inform our approach to climate change, space exploration and ensuring future food supplies.

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  X-ray expertise
A Danish company has developed a series of machines that can quite literally see the unseen. The silver machines use low-energy x-rays to peer inside a product, and highlight faults that other scanners fail to spot.

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  A new running shoe that helps prevent injury
Jogging or running is a popular form of physical activity. However, the resulting repetitive stresses and strains on joints can cause injuries. In fact, many joggers have to stop practising the sport because they tend to land on their heels which, when done for miles on end, produces impact forces which are simply too much to bear for the legs and back.

  The 'triple-win' way to reduce carbon in the atmosphere
Reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is a key priority facing the world today as it attempts to mitigate the scale and effects of climate change. EUROCHAR, a European research project, is developing a technique which not only promises to help tackle this priority, but also offers additional benefits in the form of environmentally-friendly energy production and enhanced soil fertility.

  Measuring the universe to catch a glimpse of our past
Peering into the very depths of the universe gives scientists a better understanding of its origins. Since the speed of light is finite, the objects we are seeing are from the distant past. A recently completed EU-funded project developed not only a new means of measuring these cosmic distances, but also discovered galaxies at the point of their creation.

  A faster way to fix broken bones and torn cartilage
European scientists have developed pioneering new technology that could help regenerate damaged cartilage and bone tissue and get patients back on their feet quicker than ever before.

  A tyre revolution
A new generation of car tyres is being made with a list of intriguing ingredients. Peter Snel, group head of R&D at Dutch tyre specialist Apollo Tyres, detailed some of the differences: "We have a tyre here where we have some Guayule rubber in the tyre, instead of the normal natural rubber that we use as standard in our tyres. Here we have a tyre where we have dandelion latex in the tyre instead of the normal natural rubber."

  Collaborative mouse research will benefit study of human disease
Sequencing the mouse and human genomes has provided scientists detailed knowledge of both species' genetic composition, and highlighted their startling similarity.

  The very small is big in manufacturing
Small means big business these days. Consumers are demanding ever smaller, more portable devices, with extra features, better performance and energy efficiency. But squeezing everything into smaller packages is a huge manufacturing challenge. To help, European researchers have developed ways to produce the micro components needed for these smaller devices.

  Greenland's water mystery
"Definitely, the glaciers in Greenland are retreating," that's the view of Bo Vinther, Glaciologist, Centre for Ice and Climate, University of Copenhagen. "We see that ice strings are increasing their velocity. And thereby they are producing more icebergs out into the ocean," says Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Coordinator, WATERundertheICE project.

  Mixing light and electricity for innovative electronics
The integrated circuits that have been driving the information technology revolution are reaching their physical limit. EU-funded scientists are now looking at light as a replacement for electric signals. In their search for smaller, faster, low-energy alternatives, they are reporting promising work on light particles called 'polaritons', paving the way for next-generation circuits for use in devices such as computers and smartphones.

  Fighting cancer by attacking its support network
When we think of cancer we often think of rogue, villainous cells in an otherwise healthy organ. But research is increasingly showing that our bodies are complicit in the disease, providing cancer cells hiding spaces. Scientists are trying to use this knowledge to create a more accurate laboratory model of one particular type of cancer - multiple myeloma - and thus to develop better drugs to treat it.

  Satellite applications for emergency handling, traffic alerts, road safety and incident prevention
With supporting infrastructure and applications in place, SafeTRIP technology could allow automatic payment of road-user charges (such as road tolls or congestion charges) across Europe or give passengers the ability to look for hotels or restaurants and book them while on the move.

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