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Special report

  • SPECIAL REPORT SECURITY

    What security technologies for Europe?

    In attempting to balance the need for competitiveness with respect for fundamental freedoms, the “Security” thematic area of the Seventh Framework Programme raises a host of questions.

    Smile, you’re being spied on!

    How can security policy take concrete form in everyday life? A look at some leading-edge technologies of today and tomorrow.

    Data mayhem

    The digital age is opening up a host of possibilities for centralising and analysing information. Now strict rules are needed to govern access to personal data.

    When security brings fear

    Does Europeans’ security threaten their freedom? Do they accept this? To what degree? So far there are too few answers to the many human science questions.


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    SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

    Climate crisis: a challenge for society

    Man and society cope with climate change, an issue that confronts social sciences and humanities to challenge collective action.


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    RENEWABLE ENERGY

    The rising sun of photovoltaics

    As we know, the future of solar panels depends chiefly on the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. The Germans have just beaten the latest record.


  • Source: European Technology Platform SmartGrids

    ENERGY

    SmartGrids: rethinking Europe’s electricity grids

    Rising demand, integrating renewable energies, consumer demands: Europe’s electricity grids are being rethought.


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    PORTRAIT

    Philanthropist of science

    The story of how a rags-to-riches Norwegian created a foundation and a scientific prize that bear his name. The story behind the great Alfred Kavli.


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    HEALTH

    Endocrine disruptors in our food?

    Our hormonal system, like those of numerous species, is subject to chemical attacks as silent as they are deadly, with little chance of escape


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    SCIENTIFIC ETHICS

    The end of the mad professor?

    To maintain scientific excellence, the European Commission makes research ethics a priority in evaluating European projects under the Seventh Framework Programme.


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    EUCYS 2008

    Europe’s budding geniuses

    Who said young people are not fond of science? Report on the EU Contest for Young Scientists in Copenhangen.


  • “Image of researchers” as seen by Graph 3 young Czech participants in the Researchers Night 2008 photography competition (category 1 – under 18).

    EUROBAROMETER: YOUNG PEOPLE & SCIENCE

    Mixed feelings

    Young people respect science, but few envisage it as a career. Why? We decode the latest Eurobarometer survey on the subject.


  • Source: FP6 final review, DG Research

    FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMES

    Where do Europe’s research euros go?

    Facts and figures from the Union’s Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes for Research.


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    IMAGE OF SCIENCE

    Heart of wood



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