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Marine fungi such as those growing on algae and corals generate powerful substances that could be used to target tumours. An EU-funded project has identified three particularly promising compounds and developed ways to produce them on an industrial scale - without damage to the fungi's natural habitat.
Published: 5 February 2016
EU-funded researchers around the world are collecting new information on poverty from 21 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, gaining fresh insights and making recommendations governments can apply to improve lives.
Published: 14 August 2015
Rising temperatures in mountain regions could have a significant impact on ecosystems, societies and economies around the world over the coming decades, according to EU-funded researchers who led a landmark study into the effects of climate change on mountain water resources.
Published: 29 May 2015
Forest fires are not necessarily becoming more frequent, but they could become increasingly severe, say EU-funded scientists. Forest management strategies must evolve in line with the changes that are compounding the risk of blazes across large areas.
Published: 27 April 2015
Where water is scarce, it is particularly important to ensure that the precious drops aren't wasted. Recycling and reuse technologies can help to preserve this precious resource even in very arid regions. An EU-funded project has developed a decision support tool to help communities select the solutions that offer the best fit for their needs.
Published: 10 April 2015
Over 99% of the microscopic inhabitants of the world's seas have still not been scientifically studied, even though many of them might be useful to treat cancer and other human diseases. In fact, there are so many unexplored species that it is hard to even estimate how much we still do not know about them.
Published: 7 January 2015
Today, in most developed countries, a womans chance of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8. Clinical trials have shown that despite its effectiveness, chemotherapy can also cause long- term side-effects like secondary cancers, cardiac toxicity (damage caused to the heart by toxins), early menopause and a reduction in cognitive functions. It is also assumed that between 12 and 20% of early breast cancer patients are over-treated.
Published: 27 October 2014
Researchers are embarking on an ambitious four-year project to explore some of the deepest, coldest and hottest places on the planet. The aim is to collect and screen samples of mud and sediment from huge, previously untapped, oceanic trenches, more than 8,000 metres deep.
Published: 1 July 2014
While the global increase of temperature due to our emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is more or less undisputed among climate researchers, the consequences of the global warming are less clear. Sea-level will rise, but whether we look at half a meter or one and a half meters at the end of the century, is not yet predictable. In terms of impacts on coast and its cities around the globe, these figures correspond to "severe" and "devastating", respectively.
Published: 22 March 2013
E.coli is a term unpleasantly familiar to people all around the world. Outbreaks of infection make dramatic headlines whenever they occur and with good reason. While some E.coli strains are harmless, the ones we get to hear about are virulent, debilitating and often fatal.
Published: 28 August 2012