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EU-funded researchers have developed a streamlined approach for identifying and testing antiviral compounds that promises to accelerate the search for treatments for a range of deadly diseases including Ebola, SARS and dengue fever. Negotiations are underway for a class of compounds which are nearly ready for the pharmaceutical industry to pursue.
Published: 13 February 2015
Much as we try to evade it, age catches us all. But are there ways to reverse or slow down the ageing process at a cellular level? An international project examining the biological changes that occur inside our bodies looked at the role of stem cells in organs and tissues, which could lead to a radical new understanding of ageing.
Published: 26 November 2014
Although Europe's air quality has improved over the last 25 years, pollution is still prominent - particularly in cities. Cleaning the air is more difficult than before, as most people can no longer smell or see the pollution. However, the European Union (EU)-funded research project CITI-SENSE is harnessing novel technologies to detect contaminated air and share the data in real- time.
Published: 24 November 2014
Burning with an energy density three times greater than fossil fuels but without producing carbon dioxide, hydrogen has obvious environmental credentials. Until now, hydrogen's rollout as a next-generation clean energy source has been hampered by the question of how to store it: as the lightest element, it needs to be kept at high density.
Published: 22 May 2014
Tuberculosis still turns some peoples lives to hell. At a pharmaceutical lab near a hospital in Spain, scientists from a European Union research project are trying to find answers to the complex and often dramatic challenges posed by the disease.
Published: 31 January 2014
Impressive steps have been taken to ensure that accident prevention measures in European nuclear power plants (NPP) are as tight as they can be. Nonetheless, accidents can still happen. An EU-funded network has helped to establish Europe as a world leader in the field.
Published: 20 January 2014
Perceived by the general public as a disease that largely has been tamed, tuberculosis kills about 1.5 million people worldwide each year including an average of one person every seven hours in Europe. Faced with 9 million new infections annually, and mutating strains of the tuberculosis bacteria that confound the medical community, a high-profile European Union research project is working to coordinate the development of stronger, longer-lasting vaccines.
Published: 7 October 2013
Millions of European city dwellers endure urban noise pollution every day. Apart from its nuisance value, noise in Europe has health risks with stress and cardiovascular issues being particular concerns, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The social costs of traffic noise in Europe have been estimated to 0.4% of total economic output, mainly from road transport.
Published: 13 March 2013
Flooding is set to become a major challenge for cities in Europe and Asia due to changes in climate and demographic trends. Robust flood-prevention strategies tailored to specific regional requirements are required. The best way to accomplish this, according to an EU-funded project, is to share experience and knowledge.
Published: 5 November 2012