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  image Getting to the core of migration RTD info 36
    Integration and exclusion, work and unemployment, the specific problems of young generations… Seventeen groups of researchers have been taking a close look at immigration across the Union.  
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  image A man of dialogue RTD info 36
    A brilliant specialist in molecular neurobiology, Jean-Pierre Changeux has been investigating the brain for the past 40 years. A meeting with a scientist and humanist seeking to reveal the 'physiology' of human thought and conscience.  
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  image A monumental task RTD info 36
    Scientists are proposing new diagnostic approaches and concrete remedies to break the never-ending cycle of damage to historical buildings.  
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  The return of the human sciences 07/11/02

The contribution of human and social sciences in fields as diverse as health, information technologies or the environment. Plus the new light they are shedding on multidisciplinary research.

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  How can progress be controlled? 07/11/02

Restoring relations between science and the citizen, between research and society.

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  Misguided or misunderstood? 16/10/02

How to forget the clichés and facilitate dialogue between science and the press? Report from a workshop organised by the European Group on Life Sciences.

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  Form and content 16/10/02

Relations between science and society. Is it all getting more complicated?

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  Portrait of a portrait artist 16/10/02

In conversation with Gero von Boehm, a journalist with a passion for art and science, who brings rigour, ethics and aesthetics to his work.

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  The strength of sound 16/10/02

When the absence of vision can be a strength… radio success stories

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  The secret of small screen success 16/10/02

Information or entertainment? A look at the world of research and technology through Europe's TV channels.

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  A channel portal 16/10/02

A proposal for a specific tool for small screen professionals, accessible on the Internet.

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  The art of talking science 16/10/02

Interview with David Filkin, one of the pioneers at the BBC.

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  Science on-line 16/10/02

Accessible, convivial, and in abundance… but aimed at who? The low-down on science sites.

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  The media's medium 16/10/02

Internet use by journalists.

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  Virtually educational 16/10/02

Customised resources for teachers - providing you can navigate them…

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  Web Utopia? 16/10/02

When will we have the immediate dissemination of scientific information free of charge and accessible to everyone?

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  Interesting sites 16/10/02

The Internet is an exceptional tool for scientific information.

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  Books which stand the test of time 16/10/02

An interview with Giulio Giorello, scientist and collection editor at Raffaello Cortina.

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  When Gutenberg enters cyberspace 16/10/02

The web - a new marketing tool for 'paper' publishers.

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  Seeing is believing?
Snapshots of the invisible
16/10/02

The seduction and lure of image within scientific information.

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What is a university 'worth'? 28/08/02

Universities, too, have to prove their efficiency. Evaluations, both internal and external, are on the increase.

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Towards a 'knowledge' market 28/08/02

Patents and intellectual property are the subject of passionate debate in the field of public research.

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The controversial 'grace period' 28/08/02

To publish or patent? A grace period, sought by many researchers, would defuse the dilemma.

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Dispelling the scientific illiteracy myth 28/08/02

Is scientific culture on the decline? Or has it been lacking for a long time? A survey to test the scientific knowledge of RTD info readers sheds some light on the matter.

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Stem cells: promises and precautions 16/01/2002

Just three years after having been isolated in the human embryo and grown in culture, stem cells are now a very 'hot topic' among biologists. There is scarcely an international congress where the corridors are not buzzing with talk of the latest developments.

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An exceptional exception 16/01/2002

Stem cells are a double exception to the rule of cell specialisation - hence their interest. Not only are they able to reproduce identically (and exceptionally quickly) throughout their lives but, more importantly, they are able to differentiate to form several (sometimes in very large numbers) distinct cell types.

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Facing omnipresent ethical problems 16/01/2002

The moral status of the embryo, genetic engineering, ownership rights on living organisms... The use of stem cells is relaunching a number of sensitive debates initiated by modern biology.

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European projects 16/01/2002

Europe seems determined not to miss the stem cell train. The European Union already funds - to the sum of 27.4 million euro - 15 research projects involving 117 laboratories in countries from Finland to Portugal. The next framework programme (2002-2006) will see efforts stepped up even more.

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The intuition of Helga Rübsamen-Waigmann 16/01/2002

For the past 25 years, Helga Rübsamen-Waigmann has been at the forefront of the fight against cancer and AIDS. Her tenacity and scientific perspicacity today place her among the leading figures in the world of biochemistry. After several years in fundamental research - of which she holds the title special professor at Frankfurt University - this virologist now heads research projects on anti-infectives at the Bayer group.

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A plural Europe 16/01/2002

Racism and xenophobia are deeply rooted in Europe's history. Paradoxically so, as Europe is also traditionally a melting pot of peoples and cultures. Today's Europe could draw on this colourful past in building a pluralist, multicultural and tolerant society.

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Improving science's image 05/11/2001 

Why are young people shunning science? How can the taste for research be restored? What can be done to stop the brain drain? European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin explains how he sees the situation.

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A different way of learning 05/11/2001 

Holograms, the story of Newton, Cartesian divers, travelling exhibitions, web surfing... Teachers and educators are proposing new ways of teaching sciences, each with its own sensitivity, tools and cultural specificities. But they all place stress on the 'playful' or experimental approach in which pupils use their curiosity and intelligence to learn through practical experience.

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Testing time for science 05/11/2001 

Why are secondary school students giving up on science subjects just about everywhere in Europe? Education experts are trying to explain the reasons and come up with some solutions. Meanwhile, many teachers in the field are trying alternative methods, often based on active experimentation. Whatever the case may be, they all share the same sense of urgency.

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How good is European education? 05/11/2001 

Pupil skills, teacher training, use of new technologies, expenditure on education... How can the quality of education in Europe be measured? On what criteria can reliable international comparisons be based? And what lessons can be drawn? This exercise was conducted on the initiative of the European Commission. We focus on a report which merits attention, pausing to look at science education in particular.

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En route to the museum of the 21st century 05/11/2001 

Together with the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers in Paris and the Royal Science Museum in London, the Deutsches Museum is one of the 'dinosaurs' of European science and technology museums. But a very innovative dinosaur, featuring a science theatre, an observatory where children can stargaze through the night, an internet site for the very young, and special facilities for welcoming teachers and pupils.

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Multiplicity of cultures,universality of science 05/11/2001 

Between 9 and 13 July, Grenoble hosted the eighth International Expo-Sciences - ESI 2001 - an event which alternates between continents. It was an occasion for more than 1 500 young people from all over the world to come together to share their passion for learning and discovery.

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On-line from a silent world 05/11/2001 

A biologist and expert on deep-sea fauna, Jean-François Rees shares his passions and life as a researcher via a website named Nemo. With a ship's log updated daily, photos of expeditions, scientific descriptions, action stories and more, the site is sure to capture the imagination of young oceanography enthusiasts as they discover the secrets of this 'silent world'.

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The new generation 05/11/2001 

It was 20°C in Bergen at the end of September. Prince Haakon and his young wife lent a special sparkle to the event, as did the presence of five Nobel prizewinners - Ivar Giaver, Sir Harold Kroto, Ben Mottelson, Jen Skou and Gerardus 't Hooft. With visits to Bergen Aquarium, scientific lectures and a reception at the university, a symposium on European research, and a concert at Grieg's house, there was certainly no shortage of activities.

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The Nobel Prize: 1901-2001 02/10/2001 

Access to biological identity makes it easier to solve complex judicial inquiries. But before a reliable international exchange of genetic data is possible, the methods of analysis must be standardised. Which is precisely the aim of a network of European institutes.

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The Law and DNA 11/07/2001 

Access to biological identity makes it easier to solve complex judicial inquiries. But before a reliable international exchange of genetic data is possible, the methods of analysis must be standardised. Which is precisely the aim of a network of European institutes.

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Coping with deviant behaviour 11/07/2001

Fear and insecurity, violence and despair, exclusion and injustice, anger and vulnerability are all part of everyday urban life in the early 21st century. In an attempt to bring about change, police, social workers, psychologists, teachers and doctors are joining forces and switching roles. They are also adapting to new policies aimed at managing deviant behaviour.

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Did you say the 'Old World'? 11/07/2001

Are Europe's demographic trends a time bomb waiting to go off? Although economic and social scientists are agreed on the figures, the scenarios sketched by the researchers differ. But one thing's certain: the age of the baby boom is well and truly over. 

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Transferring the grey matter 11/07/2001

Who will the scientists, researchers, teachers and inventors of the future be? The transfer of knowledge and skills from one generation to the next is not a subject which is often discussed. But it is a very real problem for Europe, requiring a carefully thought-out strategy based on a full awareness of the facts.

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Senior citizens on the job 11/07/2001

There is no denying the economic and demographic realities. 'Active ageing' is replacing early retirement as 'lifelong learning' becomes the motto for the future. By 2007, there will be more workers aged 55-64 than 15-24. 

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Living life to the end 11/07/2001

British biologist Anne McLaren is someone people listen to when it comes to questions of ethics and life sciences. She was in on the invention of in vitro fertilisation and embryo transplantation. Nowadays her intellectual rigour and analytical capacity are tools to create a lucid and open-minded approach to the ethical and social issues which arise from the application of scientific knowledge.

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Hard facts, firm principles 11/07/2001

Living longer is one thing, but how are we also going to live better? What challenges does an ageing population pose for medicine and society? What will be the economic impact? Why has death become taboo? These questions are at the heart of a number of research projects supported by the European Union.

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To be or not to be European 11-04-01 

Is it true to speak of a European identity? How did the sense of belonging to Europe evolve during the 20th century? What are the factors which shape it? For the past decade more than a 100 historians have been networking, in small groups, on these complex issues which underlie the contemporary political debate. Their research won them a place among the finalists for the Descartes Prize.
 

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Framework programme:
A new look for European research
11-04-01 

The Commission's proposals for the 2002-2006 framework programme embody an innovative approach which gives substance to the European Research Area, following the positive reactions to the concept in political, scientific and industrial circles.

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(Re)thinking flexibility 30-12-00 

Flexibility at work takes various forms - variable working hours, telework, sub-contracting, atypical statuses - and is affecting a growing number of sectors. Although for some Europeans this offers new freedoms and autonomy, for others it means reduced job security. In particular, the absence of any legal framework is a worrying vacuum. This is why researchers on the Flexcot project are suggesting a number of avenues which the public authorities and social partners could usefully explore.
 

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The demands of democracy 30-12-00 

Europeans have mixed feelings about certain scientific advances. They are suspicious of the way in which decisions with serious - or even unforeseen - consequences are taken by politicians behind closed doors. We look at the new relations which must be established between scientists, decision-makers and citizens.
 

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Citizens face the prospect of climate change 13-10-00 

Would we be prepared to change our habits to counter the risks of climate change? Ulysses, a European project involving experts from the social and natural sciences, has been experimenting with a new kind of methodology for urban democratic participation.
 

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Climate: Prevent, adapt or suffer? 13-10-00 

The risks of climate change are serious. What could they mean for Europe? And how should we respond? By analysing the scenarios and likely socio-economic consequences in relation to specific geographic characteristics, experts from Acacia are bringing policy-makers, industrialists and social players face-to-face with realities that can no longer be ignored - and the changes they will require.
 

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Genome: Public opinion and the life sciences 13-10-00 

How do Europeans view the life sciences and their applications? What are their fears and hopes in the face of the explosion in biotechnologies? What information sources do they trust in this field? For the fourth time since 1991, an opinion poll on biotechnology has been conducted throughout the European Union. It reveals growing scepticism and suspicion.
 

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Genome: The right to information 13-10-00 

Last April, Philippe Busquin, European Commissioner for research, announced the establishment of a Biosciences High-Level Group. The French geneticist Axel Kahn, charged with heading the group, describes the tasks now facing this 'team' of 11 eminent scientists. He also speaks about his personal feelings on some of the current major debates sparked by advances in our knowledge of the living organism.
 

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The sustainable keys of the city 13-10-00 

Today's cities are grappling with multiple and complex problems as they seek to ensure a sustainable development as the sole guarantee of quality of life for their inhabitants. 'The City of tomorrow and cultural heritage', a key action under the Fifth Framework Programme, is endeavouring to promote an in-depth and integrated approach to all the technological, socio-economic and environmental challenges facing our metropolitan areas. David Miles, who is responsible for this policy at the European Commission, explains.
 

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Climate change - Communicating uncertainty 19-06-00 

Although there is substantial evidence for the greenhouse gases of the industrial revolution producing global warming, some scientists point out that this may not be significant on a geological time-scale. What is the public to think - and how can science communicators help?
 

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Public research - Accelerating into the future 19-06-00 

The Joint Research Centre's IPTS (Institute for Prospective Technological Studies) has just spent two years analysing the technological and social changes Europe is set to experience by the year 2010. It sets out a future in which the opportunities to be grasped will be matched by the challenges that must be met.
 

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Brain drain or brain gain? 13-03-00 

The flow of European scientists to the United States, long feared by politicians, is real, according to an on-going Joint Research Centre study. But provided the scientists eventually return, Europe may actually be the winner in this "circulation of brains".
 

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