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Extremely venomous animals like snakes have long been feared and exterminated. What you are about to see in this report is that the same venom that can kill us could eventually help treat diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, allergies or even obesity.
Published: 10 June 2016
EU-funded researchers have developed and patented tools to make photovoltaic generation more reliable, cost-effective and easier to integrate into the grid, providing a boost to solar power SMEs and helping to make sustainable energy more attractive to businesses and end users. Commercial spin-offs are marketing the results in Europe and beyond.
Published: 6 June 2016
From the Sun, the Moon and flames, to ultra-modern semiconductors, human history is inherently bound to light. In this special edition of Futuris, we meet scientists and engineers who are making our futures brighter.
Published: 3 June 2016
Researchers supported by the ERC have sampled magmatic gases derived from the Earth's mantle in the Eifel region in Germany. Their analysis of xenon, a rare and inert gas, sampled in bubbling mineral water could bring new insights into the origin of volatile elements, water and gases, that allowed life to develop on Earth.
Published: 31 May 2016
Treating spinal ailments and injuries is complex but now an EU research project in Hungary has developed a computer-generated patient, an 'avatar' of the individual being treated, to allow the development of better therapies.
Published: 30 May 2016
Some 50 years after its first appearance, the hovercraft has a role as a versatile and adaptable vehicle, particularly in emergency situations. Riding on a cushion of air and driven by a propeller, it moves on water and on land, getting to places where boats or cars cannot.
Published: 24 May 2016
With her degree in biology, Dr Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla left Mexico and embarked on an international career in epigenetics. She completed her PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and then moved to Cambridge University. In 2006 she joined IGBMC in Strasbourg where she is currently a group leader. Supported by an ERC grant, she studies the mechanisms controlling embryonic cellular plasticity with the aim of shedding new light on today's fertility issues.
Published: 12 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
Transportation costs affect the price of any goods we buy, so reducing them could help our pockets. Road transportation is becoming more efficient with constant innovations, but what about the railroads?
Published: 19 April 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