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Whatever we think about it, it is clear that surveillance has increased-it is hard to ignore as the topic frequently hits the headlines. But does it matter? The EU-funded IRISS project is intent on finding out. The team is looking at whether surveillance changes our behaviour, and how it impacts our basic rights. The conclusions will be presented to policymakers, together with recommendations.
Published: 18 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
Published: 4 June 2014
Europe's religious mix is part of its rich history and culture, but even today there continues to be tensions about the rights and responsibilities of faith-based communities. Laws and traditions vary across Europe, and there are no easy answers to some disputes.
Published: 2 June 2014
A major consumer of time and money in the manufacturing of aircraft, motor vehicles, electronic equipment and other products is adapting assembly lines to produce different sizes, shapes and styles of such complex items. Work must stop along the line while machines are reconfigured to change how raw materials are cut, holes are drilled, and rivets are punched into place.
Published: 20 May 2014
Although science is often seen as a discipline concerned with hard facts, it can be difficult to separate research from its ethical, social and political setting. Researchers struggling to balance science with ethics can now count on advice from a European project, EGAIS, that looked at how best to handle the wider ethical context.
Published: 28 April 2014
In many European countries more than 20 per cent of children are overweight, and that number is rising. Insufficient levels of physical activity are one important contributor to childhood obesity. One setting which holds implications for childrens participation in physical activity is organised youth sport. However, many children involved in sport choose to drop out by the time they reach adolescence.
Published: 10 April 2014
EU-funded researchers are working to ensure that people with a medical need for controlled opioid medicines such as morphine can get them. Medicines derived from opium, such as morphine, are strictly controlled under the law because of their potential for abuse.
Published: 20 March 2014
In Europe, one in seven children will leave school or training early. Many subsequently struggle to find a job and end up psychologically stressed. Meanwhile, their unemployment also impacts society and carries economical costs. The European Union (EU) has set a benchmark to decrease early school leaving (ESL) rates to one in ten children by 2020 and in February 2013, an EU-funded study was launched in nine countries to help achieve this goal.
Published: 6 February 2014
Virtual Museums are an exciting development that allows 'visitors' to explore their cultural heritage in an interactive way. The international V-MusT.net project created a network of institutions to produce sustainable tools and share know-how on establishing such virtual reality experiences.
Published: 23 January 2014