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Much of the material composing the cosmos is dark matter, a strange substance we can't see or touch. So how do we know it's there? Actually, we don't, but scientists largely agree that it must be, inferring its presence from gravitational effects observed in space. An EU-funded project is analysing cosmic rays in a bid to find further clues.
Published: 22 December 2016
Pollutants are known to enter rivers, lakes and coastal waters, damaging and threatening drinking water and crucial habitats. Unfortunately, in situ water quality sampling is costly, time consuming and often unrealistic over vast areas. The EU-funded GLaSS project has developed a system to help monitor global lakes and water reservoirs remotely.
Published: 29 November 2016
An automated process for drying fish updates a centuries-old Norwegian practice to give more reliable, safer results. The EU-funded project's indoor system produces prime-quality stockfish with minimal spoiling, supporting SME growth and sustainable fish use. The process is now being patented.
Published: 7 October 2016
As European countries grow their renewable energy capacity, grid operators need to find ways to balance supply and demand due to the variability of sun and wind. The recent trial of a smart distribution system on the Danish island of Bornholm, where more than 50 %of electricity comes from wind farms, has demonstrated an efficient and effective solution.
Published: 28 July 2016
Developing new anti-cancer treatments is expensive, and national, public funding organisations across Europe dedicate substantial resources to this task. Linking their research programmes helps to ensure these funds are used to best effect. The ERA-Net Transcan is now continuing as the ERA-Net Cofund Transcan-2 network, fostering long-term transnational research synergy.
Published: 8 June 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
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
The FAROS project proposes updated ship designs that address issues such as crew fatigue, sea sickness and stress, which can be major causes of marine accidents, potentially resulting in pollution, injuries and even death.
Published: 15 April 2016
From the individual birdwatcher to the most groundbreaking of satellites - a team of EU-funded researchers is integrating observation data on nature and the environment to give a fuller picture than ever before of biodiversity in Europe.
Published: 11 March 2016
Growth in Central and Eastern European economies has slowed in recent years - and its rewards are spread unevenly. An EU-funded project studied how economic, social and environmental policies could work together to make these economies fairer and more sustainable.
Published: 25 February 2016