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Surveys such as the 2010 Eurobarometer show that people around Europe are worried about what they eat and where it comes from. But what causes this? And does it affect behaviour? An EU-funded project studied consumer choices about shopping, cooking and eating - offering a more accurate picture of what shapes their decisions. The results could lead to better-informed policies on health, sustainability and business.
Published: 24 June 2015
Have you ever stared at packaged meat from your fridge or freezer and wondered if it's still good to eat? Thrown out food because you just weren't sure? Smart labels could help to set your mind at rest. An EU-funded project has developed innovative stickers to do just that.
Published: 23 June 2015
In industrial societies, consumption has traditionally been an end in itself. Growth is achieved by selling more products, but often also results in unnecessary waste, resource depletion, pollution and other environmental damage. It doesn't have to be this way. Research by an EU-funded project indicates that a switch to a more service-oriented approach could be better for the environment and society as a whole, while boosting growth and competitiveness.
Published: 11 June 2015
EU-funded researchers are developing innovative tools and 'liquid biopsy' techniques to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer by targeting the detached tumour cells that cause the vast majority of deaths. Once validated and commercialised, their approach promises to lead to more effective and personalised care for cancer patients.
Published: 9 June 2015
Correcting imperfections in wood is a costly and laborious process which is prone to human error. A new robot promises to boost the productivity, accuracy and quality of wood patching, with massive benefits for the timber industry.
Published: 8 June 2015
A small sensor, headphones and a mobile phone - the elements of a prototype kit that is giving hope of relief for sufferers of Parkinson's disease. The European-backed research project being spearheaded in Barcelona does not offer a cure for the degenerative condition, but it could improve the quality of life of patients and give them more autonomy.
Published: 12 May 2015
An EU-funded project is developing tasty, nutritious and filling food to help people control their weigh. Among the project's contributions so far - it has created a screening platform that allows researchers to collect data on food elements that satiate appetites. The approach provides an opportunity for food manufacturers to create new, competitive products for the market.
Published: 5 May 2015
Noise pollution is still an issue on Europe's roads. But thanks to technological advances, it's less down to the sound of the car's engine and more about how tyres touch the road surface. One solution is being tested in Denmark where part of the road has been covered with experimental surface material that dampens the tyre noise.
Published: 23 April 2015
At a research facility in Copenhagen, a unique ship's engine has been developed. Powered by both diesel and liquefied natural gas, it has been designed to reduce the emissions of gases like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides.
Published: 9 April 2015
Plants might be the source of a new renewable fuel for planes, or new greener ingredients to replace fossil resources used to produce plastics. At an experimental agriculture plot near Athens in Greece, agricultural engineers are growing plants which could produce these new greener fuels.
Published: 17 March 2015