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An EU-funded project is bringing insights from metrology - measurement science - to bear on observation of the Earth's climate from space. This could improve understanding of the climate and help predict changes to it, furthering European efforts in this field.
Published: 6 September 2018
Need to retrieve a few tonnes of cargo from Mars? Send some seriously heavy gear into deep space? Fly out sufficient mass to deflect an asteroid? Current spacecraft would not be nearly big or powerful enough, say EU-funded researchers who have looked into a possible next-generation design based on nuclear electric propulsion.
Published: 14 May 2018
Published: 7 May 2018
Farmers and agricultural authorities are now able to efficiently monitor rice fields, forecast future yields and identify potential threats to harvests of the world's most important staple crop thanks to cutting-edge technologies developed by an EU-funded project.
Published: 30 January 2018
The biggest archive of celestial objects ever created is being made accessible to researchers and space enthusiasts for probing the depths of the Milky Way, assisted by advanced data mining and analysis tools developed by an EU-funded project.
Published: 5 January 2018
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
Imagine our galaxy as a huge living organism, with its own skeleton and its own evolution. The Via Lactea project, after three years of research, has put together a big database about the area of the universe that hosts our galaxy.
Published: 24 April 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
Published: 25 October 2016
What is the lifespan of a sun-like star? Well, it may not be quite what we thought. The outcomes of EU-funded asteroseismology research conducted by Professor Conny Aerts and her team show that the cores of red giants don't spin nearly as fast as expected - and this, in turn, means that our understanding of the future of our sun was flawed.
Published: 13 July 2016