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Something is growing at the heart of Europe's forests: a community of innovators has gathered to boost and improve the use of wood and its derivatives. The forest-based industries are ideally positioned to help build a sustainable future and a knowledge-based economy. A large-scale programme partly funded by the EU is backing this effort.
Published: 17 June 2014
Protecting natures biodiversity is key to the survival of our planet and high on the European agenda. The European Union (EU) Habitats Directive, together with the Birds Directive, has identified over 1,000 animals and plant species in over 200 so-called habitat types, such as special forests, meadows or wetland.
Published: 13 June 2014
EU Member States have the obligation to collect and treat domestic and industrial wastewater from urban areas under the Urban Wastewater Directive. This mandatory treatment is very costly, thus it is important to re-use the by-products thereby.
Published: 10 June 2014
Improving science teaching and encouraging more young people into the sciences have been key government objectives in Europe for years. The European Union (EU) funded S-TEAM project tackled the issue by looking at the teaching side of the equation. Completed in 2012, it was one of the first EU research projects to focus on Inquiry-Based Science Teaching (IBST) as a method of improving take-up in the sciences.
Published: 5 June 2014
Bacterial meningitis is a potential constant threat to infant health. The agents most often responsible for the condition are common in the environment. The rapid onset of symptoms can include fever, irritability, rashes, stiffness and vomiting.
Published: 4 June 2014
Published: 13 May 2014
A Danish company has developed a series of machines that can quite literally see the unseen. The silver machines use low-energy x-rays to peer inside a product, and highlight faults that other scanners fail to spot.
Published: 8 April 2014
There is no doubt that climate change is happening worldwide as ice caps shrink, sea and river levels rise. Coastal flooding damages not only buildings and engineering structures, but also the environment and the ecological balance in Europe.
Published: 25 February 2014
It has become a cliché today to talk about the IT revolution. Computers have changed our lives beyond recognition. However, the scale of this revolution could be dwarfed by the advances promised by the next generation of information technology quantum computing. With its potential to exponentially increase computing power, quantum computing opens up possibilities we could previously only dream of. These possibilities include quantum cryptography, strengthening our capabilities in an area that has become more and more critical as computers have increasingly become central to our lives: the need to stay secure against potential criminal hackers and terrorists.
Published: 25 October 2013
Air travel today may be taken for granted as an integral part of modern life, for both passenger and freight transport. But it comes at a cost which is both economic and environmental, and it is subject to limitations in the distances different types of aircraft can cover, the locations they can serve, and the payloads they can carry.
Published: 24 October 2013