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It's a hub. It's a community. It's marketplace. Oppla, an online platform dedicated to natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions, was launched in September 2016 by two EU-funded research projects. It has been growing rapidly, and if everything goes to plan, it may soon be going global.
Published: 2 June 2017
Dengue fever kills around 25 000 people every year and infects 50-100 million, according to the WHO. With incidences rising, there is a new urgency to predict where it will strike (is Europe at risk?) and who is vulnerable. Doctors also need the tools to diagnose the disease quickly, while gaining the upper hand over the mosquitoes that carry the virus would limit its spread in the first place. Between them, three EU-funded projects are approaching Dengue Fever from each of these angles in the race to save lives.
Published: 13 April 2017
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
With cures increasingly available for infectious diseases that hit the world's poorest regions, doctors need low-cost diagnostic tests to use these new treatments. An EU-funded project helps identify these diseases from early symptoms, saving lives and cutting healthcare costs.
Published: 5 November 2015
An EU-funded project is helping researchers and policy-makers in Europe and South East Asia form consortia to collaborate on sustainable food, healthcare and water management research. Projects tackle major issues, such as contaminants in food imports or the growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance.
Published: 28 October 2015
Access to healthcare is a basic human need, but efforts to provide affordable public care in many developing nations have had mixed results. EU-funded researchers sought to find out why through a landmark evaluation of healthcare systems in six Asian countries. The conclusions highlight the influence of insurance schemes' affordability, understanding what motivates people to take out insurance policies, and how public money is spent.
Published: 30 July 2015
Do you live near a volcano? How exposed are you if it erupts? And what can be done to mitigate the risk? EU-funded researchers have helped communities in four countries to assess their vulnerability and plan ahead. They have also produced a handbook to inform similar initiatives elsewhere and set up monitoring systems to help detect signs of an impending eruption.
Published: 3 June 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
Tsunamis are not very frequent events, but they can have a terrible impact on human life and on the economy of a country. They occur as a result of earthquakes, usually at the bottom of the sea. But at present such earthquakes cannot be foreseen.
Published: 21 November 2014
Crab is a culinary delicacy most of which ends up in the bin. In this edition of Futuris we look at the uses can we find for the hundreds of thousands of tons of crab shells thrown away by European consumers every year.
Published: 5 November 2014