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Under the InnovFin Large Projects facility, a CHF 250-million loan has been provided to increase the capacity of the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), which is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research's (CERN) central project for the decade. The expansion will help open up new commercial possibilities and deepen understanding of our universe.
Published: 26 July 2018
Published: 13 July 2018
An EU-funded research network has studied the threat of space junk and asteroids, helping to minimise their risks and better protect our planet, satellites and spaceships from potentially catastrophic hits.
Published: 30 November 2017
Astrophysics is where the stars meet their makers, literally and perhaps metaphorically too, as young researchers in an EU-funded project have boosted their careers delving into the origins, behaviour and evolution of black holes. The project has led to new tools and discoveries about how matter is treated in space and time - keeping Europe at the forefront of space research.
Published: 20 November 2017
With the discovery of the Higgs particle, our understanding of the building blocks of everything we see around us was finally confirmed. But this type of matter is only part of what appears to exist in the universe, and the Higgs boson offers a window to this new world. EU-funded research is helping to pave the way for new breakthroughs.
Published: 15 November 2017
The detection of gravitational waves in 2015 provided groundbreaking information about the Universe. Building on this discovery, EU-funded scientists have now detected waves at three observatories, a first in astrophysics, making it possible to locate the signals origin and better apply the data they provide.
Published: 17 October 2017
Clouds play a key role in cooling the Earth's surface through dispersing rain and reflecting sunlight back into space. Through studying the role of secondary aerosol particles in cloud formation, EU-funded researchers hope to help sharpen future climate projections based on global models.
Published: 29 September 2017
Space exploration demands high performance on-board computers with low power requirements that can survive the rigours of aggressive radiation. The EU-funded APEX project has developed the advanced technologies needed to design an ultra-reliable processor for future space missions as far away as Saturn and Jupiter.
Published: 11 September 2017
Published: 31 January 2017
Einstein was right! 100 years after Einstein's prediction, scientists, 14 of which backed by EU funding, observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms Albert Einstein's theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
Published: 7 November 2016