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These days, we rely increasingly on the most microscopic of mechanisms, machines and modules. Yet until recently it hasn't been possible to take a close look non-destructively without using large-scale research equipment. A new affordable scanner designed by EU researchers gives a 3D view inside nano-objects, and so will advance materials research.
Published: 22 July 2014
A gastric bypass without the surgery? Not as far-fetched as one might think. EU-funded research into the way the gut and stomach communicate with the brain has uncovered fresh insights into the mechanisms that drive food intake and points to new ways of preventing and treating obesity. The outcomes include a hormone cocktail that could offer all the benefits of a gastric bypass without the trauma of a major operation.
Published: 23 June 2014
Published: 18 June 2014
If Europe's chemical industry a sector with enormous growth potential can achieve greater water efficiency, then the benefits will not just be environmental. Making better use of natural resources will help improve the sector's competitiveness and ensure compliance with ever more stringent rules to protect the environment.
Published: 13 June 2014
Developments in nanotechnology, achieved through the EU-funded IP NANOKER project, mean that new multifunctional materials can be manufactured at competitive prices. This has the potential to transform industries ranging from medicine to aeronautics.
Published: 11 June 2014
Imagine, instead of hitting 'Print' and watching a document slide out of your desktop printer, the end product is an aeroplane part, a hearing aid, a sculpture, or an artificial finger. As futuristic as this may sound, a technology known as 'additive manufacturing' is turning the improbable into the possible.
Published: 5 June 2014
Batteries and solar cells are today limited by their materials. An EU-funded team has developed a new family of hybrid nanomaterials. The results more powerful and greener batteries, plus more efficient solar cells are already making their way onto the market.
Published: 3 June 2014
Stroke is the most common neurological disease. It is also the most common cause of life-long impairment in adulthood and of institutionalisation, implying a change from a self-determined, independent life to extensive or complete dependence on others.
Published: 27 May 2014
EU-funded researchers have developed a more water-efficient technology to help convert sunshine in deserts into electricity. The technology removes the need for water in cooling systems, helping to make solar power generation cheaper and sustainable in sun-rich desert regions.
Published: 26 May 2014
Electric cars are the most likely environmental-friendly replacement for combustion engine-powered vehicles. To help industry make the expected transition, the EU-funded LOCOBOT project has developed reconfigurable robotic assistants to increase productivity on the assembly line reducing costs. And as the robots are so adaptable, they will be particularly useful for the new and varied production processes expected in electric-car manufacturing.
Published: 26 May 2014