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Political cynicism and alienation, as well as moves towards violent extremism, threaten the values that underpin democracy. EU-funded research reveals how we can engage young people in peaceful civic and political processes.
Published: 25 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
Underwater archaeology is an exciting, but sometimes risky field of studies. To eliminate those risks a European research project, ARROWS, is working to develop robots that help humans in dangerous environments.
Published: 17 May 2016
Floods, wildfires, droughts and volcanic eruptions. These are just some of the catastrophes that will cause increasing damage and costs in Europe if steps aren't taken to address the risk from natural disasters, says ENHANCE, an EU-funded research project. The findings are being used at EU, national and local levels.
Published: 11 May 2016
Controlled odour emission could transform video games and television viewing experiences and benefit industries such as pest control and medicine. The NANOSMELL project aims to switch smells on and off by tagging artificial odorants with nanoparticles exposed to electromagnetic field.
Published: 10 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
The grassy banks of the river Barrow in Ireland may look unproductive in agricultural terms, but to scientists involved in a European research project the land and its vegetation may hold the key to an energy revolution. The plant giving rise to such optimism is called myscanthus, a non-native species.
Published: 28 April 2016
On a sinking ship, crews need to evacuate passengers quickly - but they may have to find them first. An innovative system based on EU-funded research may soon make this task a great deal easier. On vessels fitted with this system, teams will be able to locate passengers instantly, on board and in the water.
Published: 27 April 2016
Looking for a novel way to visualise the ocean? Think fish. Arrays of sensitive cells on their skin - so-called lateral lines - enable them to perceive water movements by detecting subtle changes in pressure. The LAKHSMI project is developing new monitoring and imaging technology based on this principle.
Published: 25 April 2016
More than 95% of our universe comes in the mysterious form of dark matter and dark energy that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Dr Catherine Heymans leads a team of researchers who were the first to 'map' dark matter on the largest of scales. She now uses her research to confront Einstein's theory of general relativity in an attempt to explain the nature of dark energy.
Published: 21 April 2016