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Whey from cheese production and other agricultural waste can be a valuable raw material for new biodegradable plastic. A European research project is working on using these by-products in laminated cardboard for food packaging.
Published: 3 May 2016
Texting while you drive? Don’t. Really. Distraction is a leading cause of accidents, but of course it isn’t the only one. A large-scale, EU-funded study will be looking over the shoulder of motorists and scooter riders in six countries for at least one year in a bid to map a route towards safer, more sustainable road traffic. Recommendations from this project are expected in 2017.
Published: 15 April 2016
Unfortunately greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on Europe's roads continue to increase, polluting our cities and the air we breathe. EU-funded SyrNemo is developing an electric motor that may help the EU slash its CO2 emissions and reduce toxic emissions detrimental to human health. Prototypes of the motor have been manufactured and could be in cars soon.
Published: 14 April 2016
The polar regions are often seen as a barometer for the health of the global environment, and understanding how changes in this area affect Europe and the world had become essential. An alliance of 22 research institutes has therefore set out to enhance the integration of European capabilities for polar research and maximise the benefits to society.
Published: 29 March 2016
Local people have more power than they think to adapt to new water supply patterns from climate change. An EU-funded project is helping communities in tropical forests in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile self-organise to ensure secure access to water and wiser use of resources.
Published: 22 March 2016
Financed by the European Commission, the European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) brings together leading HIV researchers from public organisations and biotech companies from across the world in a focused effort to develop protective and therapeutic HIV vaccines.The EAVI2020 consortium unites scientists from 22 institutions, pooling their knowledge and expertise to develop novel candidate vaccines that can be taken through to human trials within five years.
Published: 2 March 2016
How can we help elderly people find their way around places which are new and completely unknown to them? At the Science Museum in Trento, northern Italy, Vittoria Basso, 91 years old, is involved in an unusual scientific experience. She is testing a robotic walker.
Published: 29 February 2016
People can now access millions of scientific data resources about our planet thanks to the EUROGEOSS project. EUROGEOSS (European approach to the global Earth observation system of systems), backed under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 6.1 million, has developed an innovative way to search thousands of Earth observation catalogues.
Published: 26 February 2016
If we ever want to put down roots beyond our home planet, we will need a way to grow food out there. Pre-packaged meals will only get us so far. The EDEN ISS project has set out on a four-year mission dedicated to plant cultivation on the International Space Station. Its work could help to remove one of the barriers standing between us and thriving colonies on Mars.
Published: 2 February 2016
Such is the wealth of biodiversity in Latin America that several countries sport the label 'megadiverse'. But biological hotspots are also often home to precious cultural diversity. EU and Latin American researchers studied community-based initiatives to protect both - together known as 'biocultural diversity'. The findings fed into guides to local conservation.
Published: 20 January 2016