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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.
Published: 6 February 2017
The next generation of electronics - in everything from computers to mobile devices - relies on circuits and features at the tiniest of scales. But for scientists and engineers to understand what is happening at the nanoscale, a new generation of microscopes is needed to 'see', 'touch' and 'smell' at scales just a fraction of the size of a human hair.
Published: 8 December 2016
Super-strong threads of carbon atoms - known as nanofibres - promise a new generation of exceptional materials. When added to another material, the fibres bring an exciting combination of flexibility, strength, light weight and electrical conductivity. But while carbon fibres like these are finding a market in high-spec aeroplanes like the Airbus 320, high cost limit their wider adoption.
Published: 23 November 2016
EU-funded project ULTRAPLACAD is developing a low-cost device that can detect the early signs of cancer by analysing blood. The device would allow doctors to screen more patients and provide treatment at an earlier stage of the disease - helping to save lives.
Published: 16 September 2016
Rigorous wind tunnel tests have shown that a new flexible deformable aircraft wing concept developed by EU-funded researchers can increase lift during take-off, achieve greater efficiencies in flight and reduce noise.
Published: 3 August 2016
An innovative and inexpensive method of transporting fresh water to areas of drought or disaster, such as earthquakes: Fresh water is abundant in some areas of our planet, and scarce in others. Of course we can transport fresh water by sea, but that's expensive. Can we make it affordable? In Spain, engineers from a European research project are getting ready to test their solution.
Published: 21 June 2016
Political cynicism and alienation, as well as moves towards violent extremism, threaten the values that underpin democracy. EU-funded research reveals how we can engage young people in peaceful civic and political processes.
Published: 25 May 2016
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
Farmers and forest managers need to monitor vital land management activities and changes in vegetation. They are just two potential end-users of a comprehensive new satellite-based earth monitoring system providing free, full and open mapping data to boost management and protection of the environment.
Published: 7 January 2016