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Ageing is a complex process. It happens in every part of the body, not just specific cell or tissue types. Even psychological factors and stress can play a role. The EU-funded project NINA took a multidisciplinary approach to improving our understanding of how age-related changes interact, ultimately helping us age more healthily.
Published: 21 August 2015
At an animation studio in Prague researchers have made a breakthrough in updating classic, black & white hand-drawn cartoons to make them appeal to a generation of viewers brought up on a diet of 3D computer animation. They believe it will herald a new era in cartoon animation.
Published: 5 August 2015
The EU-funded FUSENET project created new learning opportunities for Europe's future fusion scientists by developing educational materials, organising internships and bringing academia and industry closer together. While the project may be officially over, the concept has been kept very much alive through the ever-expanding FUSENET Association.
Published: 29 July 2015
Aircraft maintenance companies are under a great deal of financial pressure from carriers, which require consistent and low cost repairs using high quality processes and spare parts. EU-funded researchers studying future repair and maintenance say digital manufacturing technologies will put increased automation and fewer production stages within grasp. The result could be more competitive providers, cheaper flights and fewer emissions.
Published: 10 June 2015
Developing numerical models for analysing the stability, efficiency and feasibility of floating wind turbines, the future of offshore wind power generation, was the remit of the EU-funded ICFLOAT project. Its innovative techniques are already being used to analyse other types of wind energy devices.
Published: 3 June 2015
The European Union (EU)-funded project MultiTERM has brought together highly qualified scientists to create 'smart materials', such as skin and bone substitutes, to replace and repair damaged tissues. The EU's rapidly rising elderly population stands to benefit from these materials that include gels, artificial skin and cartilage.
Published: 27 November 2014
A Marie Curie research fellow, Oya Aran, has paved the way for the development of computer techniques that could automatically reveal meaning from body language and other visual cues, predict people's mood and help improve, she says, 'collective decision-making'. The scientist studied 100 people interacting in small groups, using computer vision, audio processing and 'machine learning' to detect dominance and emergent leadership.
Published: 25 November 2014
Although Europe's air quality has improved over the last 25 years, pollution is still prominent - particularly in cities. Cleaning the air is more difficult than before, as most people can no longer smell or see the pollution. However, the European Union (EU)-funded research project CITI-SENSE is harnessing novel technologies to detect contaminated air and share the data in real- time.
Published: 24 November 2014
Most start-up enterprises face growing pains in their early years as scarce resources limit their ability to scale up fast enough, forcing them to operate at the periphery of the market. The European Union (EU)-funded project OrgGrowth is currently addressing this issue by finding ways for new ventures to better manage their scarce resources in the current economy, thus helping improve their chances of success.
Published: 24 November 2014
Chronic neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's, are all characterised by an inflammatory reaction within the brain. Until now, some of the factors behind this reaction have been unclear; however a European research fellow has identified a molecular system that contributes to the mechanisms regulating the progression of neurodegeneration. This could potentially lead to new therapeutic treatments to effectively combat the condition.
Published: 18 November 2014