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Number 29
April 2001

  RTD info
    News in Brief, Publications, New on the Web
     
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Dossier BSE

Apart from triggering a health scare, the BSE crisis has also proved a revelation. Highlighting the tensions of the increasingly complex relations between science and society.
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  Graphic element FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
A new look for European research
A first look at the Commission's proposals in the context of the European Research Area.
   
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  Graphic element MEDICINE
Elusive allergies
10% of children suffer from asthma. Almost a third of Europeans suffer from allergies. Commonplace, multiform, and growing, these diseases continue to confound us.
   
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  Graphic element MEDICAL RESEARCH
The importance of stem cells
Cultivating blood stem cells... This scientific progress, achieved by European researchers, is all the more important as it opens the door to the culture of stem cells of other human tissues.
   
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  Graphic element PUBLIC HEALTH
 Monitoring and controlling lead
• Swimming in clear water

What is the quality of the water we drink and swim in? A strict European directive now regulates the lead content of drinking water. Things are improving for rivers and oceans too - but the microbiological measurement methods have yet to be standardised.
   
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  Graphic element CLIMATE
Carbon sinks to combat the greenhouse effect?
Can forests reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? This question is at the heart of the scientific and political debate on the application of the Kyoto Protocol to combat climate warming. It is being analysed by the CarboEurope research network.
   
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  Graphic element NATURAL SCIENCES
The hidden heritage of natural history collections
Europe is home to the world's richest collections of natural sciences. This valuable but scattered source of knowledge - and wonder - will soon be more accessible thanks to the network of databases being developed by the ENHSIN project.
   
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  Graphic element RESEARCH AND SOCIETY
To be or not to be European
Identity, a sense of belonging, the awareness of sharing a common destiny... Hundreds of historians have been working for a decade on a fascinating subject: the European identity.
   
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  Graphic element PORTRAIT
The mathematician who came in from the cold
We find out a little more about Maxim Kontsevich, 1998 winner of the Fields Medal and a representative of the brilliant 'diaspora' of Russian mathematicians who opted for the West.
   
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  Graphic element NUCLEAR SAFETY
Anticipating - and avoiding - the worst
Phébus, the experimental nuclear reactor, is able to simulate serious accidents under strictly controlled conditions. A tool at the centre of European research on safety in the nuclear industry.
   
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