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In industrial societies, consumption has traditionally been an end in itself. Growth is achieved by selling more products, but often also results in unnecessary waste, resource depletion, pollution and other environmental damage. It doesn't have to be this way. Research by an EU-funded project indicates that a switch to a more service-oriented approach could be better for the environment and society as a whole, while boosting growth and competitiveness.
Published: 11 June 2015
Bridges, tunnels and other civil engineering structures could become safer thanks to self-repairing being developed as part of a European research project. Engineers at Ghent University in Belgium have taken a lead role in the pioneering work.
Published: 28 May 2015
Today's powerful neuroimaging techniques can map the structure and function of a patient's brain in great detail. They are crucial for the detection and treatment of many illnesses. Combining two key methods could provide even better brain scans, say EU-funded researchers who have built a prototype of an innovative hybrid instrument.
Published: 27 May 2015
Published: 22 May 2015
Tweaking breeding methods could allow European fish farming - or aquaculture - to produce more efficiently. An EU-funded project is studying how hi-tech breeding techniques can promote disease resistance and fast, efficient growth in six commonly farmed fish species, improving fish welfare, impacts on wildlife and farm productivity.
Published: 21 May 2015
EU-funded researchers have identified the untapped commercial potential of products like wild berries, mushrooms, nuts and plants growing in Europe's forests for the benefit of rural communities - a way to generate growth and jobs.
Published: 15 May 2015
Solar eruptions release huge amounts of energetic particle radiation. While most of these events will only affect satellites and other spacecraft, particularly large eruptions will also make themselves felt on Earth-in aviation and radio communication, for example. The EU-funded SEPServer project has developed a web-based tool to help scientists investigate solar energetic particles (SEP) and their origin.
Published: 12 May 2015
An EU-funded project has resulted in the commercialisation of natural bakery products in line with consumers' tastes. The project has developed cost-effective means of producing bread products with nutrition content at least similar to wholegrain. It has also helped some of Europe's small bakers launch new products in line with consumers' tastes, and led to the coordinator being named 'Bakery Personality of the Year 2014'!
Published: 8 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
The melt rate of Europe's snowy peaks and glacial lakes can have a huge impact on both daily activities and planning in many countries. EU-funded researchers have developed applications that use satellite data to tell them just that, in close to real time.
Published: 22 April 2015