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A groundbreaking European Union (EU)-funded research project has shown that eating high quantities of common foods such as fried potatoes - or even toast during pregnancy can lead to significant health problems for the new-born child.
Published: 27 February 2013
Healthy, sustainable forests are vital to Europes economic and environmental well-being, and it is regions that must play a leading role in developing new management strategies, a new EU-funded project reveals.
Published: 29 January 2013
Population growth among Europe's North African neighbours, Morocco and Tunisia in particular, is putting increasing pressure on the demand for clean water. As supplies slowly dwindle, there is a growing need for efficient technologies to improve water quality and treatment in a bid to cut down on waste water.
Published: 11 January 2013
Over the last few decades the use of wireless devices such as cell phones, car keys, and GPS systems has increased enormously. All these devices transmit and receive data at high speed through antennas. "Antennas are where the bottle neck is in all these communication technologies, and with a better antenna you can transmit more data," says Stefano Maci of the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Siena in Italy. This is why students at technical universities and engineering departments of universities need courses in the theory and application of antennas.
Published: 10 January 2013
Published: 8 November 2012
At first sight, train drivers' cabs and Formula 1 cars may not seem to have much in common. But a research project funded by the European Commission has led to a potential breakthrough for the rail industry - by adapting technology most commonly found in high performance racing cars. The results promise to provide the rail industry with trains that are more environmentally-friendly, easier and cheaper to produce, and less costly for rail companies in terms of track maintenance. An all round win-win situation.
Published: 30 August 2012
Bread is thought to have been part of the human diet for around 30,000 years. In mediaeval Europe, breads were named after the class of people who ate them giving rise to the likes of squires loaves, knights loaves, common loaves, or even a popes loaf.
Published: 28 August 2012
As the overwhelmingly dominant element in the atmosphere around us, and one of the four most common elements in living organisms, it gets surprisingly little attention. Especially when its impact on humans and the planet has been described, by a recent expert report, as "one of the biggest challenges of the 21th century".
Published: 27 August 2012
The search for alternative products to wean the world away from its dependence
on petro-chemicals is an intensive and ongoing one, which takes many forms.
Researchers have explored many different avenues. However, one place the search
has led them to is perhaps more unexpected than many others: the slaughterhouse.
Published: 7 August 2012
Protecting maritime and land borders is a daily challenge for Europe. Researchers have been examining how to use lasers, gamma rays and neutron beams to address that challenge.
Published: 26 June 2012