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The immune system is the body's defence against infections and other invaders. While the system works unaided and unnoticed for most of us, others cannot take it for granted, due either to disease or treatments such as chemotherapy. EU-funded researchers have investigated combining nanotechnology and biotechnology to 're-educate' failing immune systems and get them back in working order. Initial results are promising, and clinical trials are 5-10 years away.
Published: 23 February 2015
Urban noise may be a nuisance for residents, but it can also provide important information about the city and its needs. A unique experiment in the Spanish city of Santander is trying to determine how this data can be used to improve the lives of citizens. It involves engineers and scientists from a European research project.
Published: 19 February 2015
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
Flying robots can help people out in dangerous situations. Unmanned vehicles with dexterous arms can pick up and carry objects, or build simple structures. Futuris travelled to Seville where engineers are testing this new technology.
Published: 5 February 2015
In the Italian city of Milan a major European research project is examining the energy efficiency of new insulation materials. It aims to assess the advantages and disadvantages of these materials, and establish how and where they can be used.
Published: 3 February 2015
Scientists in Italy are working on creating robots that mimic the properties of plant roots, including the capacity for growth. They believe the potential future applications are not just the stuff of science-fiction.
Published: 29 January 2015
Published: 21 January 2015
Pollinators like bumblebees are declining in Europe. What are the causes, the consequences and the possible solutions? Researchers know that the causes are multiple: a combination of habitat loss, pathogens, alien species, agrichemical pollution and even climate change.
Published: 15 January 2015
Biofouling - or biological fouling - is the build-up of plants, algae and other marine organisms on wet surfaces, which can corrode and damage objects such as ships, pipes, and bridge supports. The issue has long defied engineers and scientists. The EU funded research project SEACOAT has developed a novel green technology that applies special coatings on vulnerable surfaces to control biofouling.
Published: 14 January 2015
The battle against corruption has been a challenge ever since the first bribe was exchanged for private gain. There have been some successes and many failures. In response, EU-funded researchers are taking a fresh look at one of the murkiest sides of human behaviour. Their studies have already yielded results - steps towards practical solutions to an age-old problem.
Published: 5 January 2015