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An EU-funded researcher at the University of Oxford will receive top-up funding to create an online tool to assess suspicious social media accounts and counter fake news. Prof Philip Howard is one of seven UK-based researchers who will receive top-up funding to explore the commercial or innovation potential of the results of their EU-funded research. Other topics cover health, science and technology, including work that will help control exhaust gases or a novel coating that regulates heat.
The latest overview of bathing water quality across the EU, released this week by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission, shows that in 2016 the highest rates of bathing waters with poor quality were found in Ireland (6 bathing waters or 4%) and the United Kingdom (20 bathing waters or 3%). Some of the UK waters with poor quality include Western beach in Gibraltar, Instow in Devon, Walpole Bay, Margate in Kent and Scarborough South Bay in North Yorkshire.
"It was with great sadness and profound shock that I learnt of the brutal attack that struck Manchester.
It breaks my heart to think that, once again, terrorism has sought to instil fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together in celebration.
The European Commission welcomes the Council's decision today to authorise the opening of the Article 50 negotiations with the UK and to nominate the Commission as Union negotiator. The Commission also welcomes the adoption of the first set of negotiating directives.
Data from a report released by the Commission today shows that 90% of primary and secondary school students in Europe study English. However, the UK scores a less flattering record in language learning. Less than half of its upper secondary students in general education study foreign languages. This is the lowest by far in Europe.
Europe's maritime community, industry professionals and policy-makers will gather in Poole, Dorset, this week to exchange ideas and foster partnerships as the town plays host to the annual European Maritime Day conference and exhibition on the 18-19 May. Under the banner "The Future of our Seas" the two-day conference will introduce corporate responsibility as one of the pivotal aspects of sustainability and will provide an opportunity for governments, NGOs and business leaders from around the world to show what their companies are doing or pledging to do to protect the oceans.
The Synchrotron light for experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), a synchrotron facility which like the Large Hadron Collider in CERN uses light to accelerate particles, started work in Allan, Jordan. SESAME is the first major international research infrastructure in the Middle East and will host researchers from around the world.