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The carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuel power stations and many other types of plant could be used to generate methanol, say EU-funded researchers. They are developing a cost-effective method to turn this overabundant pollutant into a welcome resource. This process will draw on surplus energy produced by renewables at peak times.
Published: 14 December 2015
Our fragile marine ecosystems are under threat. Sustainable use of resources is key to redressing the balance. Enter a network of EU-funding research agencies who have already offered a glimpse of the future of fisheries and aquaculture research.
Published: 16 October 2015
As far as medical research has come towards treating illness and injury, doctors and technicians have yet to develop an artificial hand that can give amputees the sensation of having a natural hand. This could be on the verge of changing. A team of EU-funded researchers has invented a prosthetic hand that has all the basic features of a real hand, and that amputees can actually feel.
Published: 28 November 2014
Published: 25 November 2014
An EU-funded project has demonstrated technology to shorten the time carbon takes to mineralise underground - from thousands of years down to a few. Storing captured CO2 underground is made safer - opening the door to its wider use in preventing global warming.
Published: 20 November 2014
Imagine you are ill and see the doctor. After a brief examination and blood analysis, you receive an efficient, personalised treatment that is adjusted to both your personal physiological makeup and your lifestyle. What sounds like science fiction today could soon come closer to reality with the help of the FP7 project CASyM, funded by the European Union.
Published: 25 July 2014
Declining numbers of Atlantic wild salmon stocks have mystified scientists for the past 20 years. A recent European Union (EU)-funded research project has produced some surprising results. SALSEA-MERGE, the European strand of the SALSEA project, has made a vital contribution towards discovering why numbers of wild salmon are in decline and dying at sea.
Published: 12 June 2014
Achieving the full economic potential of the oceans and seas in harmony with the marine environment is the primary goal of the European Union (EU)-funded project SEAS-ERA, which has brought together leading Marine Research and Technological Development funding organisations from across Europe. The project coordinates and integrates national and regional marine and maritime research programmes, and harmonises common priorities and needs related to the European sea basins.
Published: 6 November 2013
The North Atlantic Ocean and its shallow sea basins, also known as shelf-seas, have been vital to the economic survival and prosperity of all the surrounding nations in Europe and North America. The North Atlantic Ocean also holds critical significance for the worlds ecological sustainability as the basins ecosystems are the key species responsible for carbon flow, and the seizing of the planets greenhouse emissions. However, these ecosystems valuable ability requires further scientific investigation especially due to current fishing trends and climate variability.
Published: 27 September 2013
Europe's moderate climate is strongly influenced by the North Atlantic thermohaline ocean circulation (THC) that transports heat from the tropics to the shores of Europe. In 2005, research suggested that the THC may be slowing down, which could have dramatic effects on climate, in particular in Northern Europe. Further investigation was needed. For four years, Thermohaline Overturning: At Risk? (THOR), a project under the FP7, explored the dynamics of this circulation. Coordinated by Prof. Detlef Quadfasel at the University of Hamburg, THOR comprised a consortium of 21 scientific groups from 9 European countries. Together, they studied the stability of this oceanic circulation and quantified its impact on the regional climate.
Published: 6 September 2013