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Ocean -
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Feb 17 2017

The JRC  released a new seawater reference material certified for its mercury concentration. This certified reference material (CRM) was produced in support of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC) and will make the quality assessment of coastal waters more reliable.

Rivers are a major source of marine litter
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Feb 16 2017

The JRC has recently published two of a series of thematic reports that give recommendations and guidance on how to monitor and identify sources of litter that reach the seas, in order to help design measures to tackle marine litter.

Marine litter is recognised as a threat to both the marine ecosystem and human activities, and therefore is regarded by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) as one of the Descriptors for measuring the "Good Environmental Status" of the Seas (D 10).

Nicotine and related compounds in electronic cigarette refill liquids Nicotine and related compounds in electronic cigarette refill liquids
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Feb 16 2017
JRC scientists have developed an analytical method allowing for a fast screening of nicotine and related compounds in the refill liquids of electronic cigarettes. This method will enable control laboratories to check for potentially harmful substances.
The JRC has taken part in the scientific programme of the AAAS annual meeting since 2008. The JRC has taken part in the scientific programme of the AAAS annual meeting since 2008.
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Feb 15 2017
The JRC will showcase its activities in combating nuclear terrorism, spurring policy innovations and strengthening European scientific advisory structures at AAAS 2017.
Optimised method for the analysis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles Optimised method for the analysis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles
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Feb 15 2017
The JRC developed a method based on field-flow fractionation for the detection of nanoparticles in a titanium dioxide material. This method has the potential to be applied for the characterisation of several non-coated and commercially available titanium dioxide materials, some of them authorised and used as feed additives in the European market.
Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP)
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Feb 14 2017

JRC scientist contributes to the definition of  a 21st-century roadmap for biomedical research which proposes the use of human-specific models and innovative in vitro technologies instead of animals.

Measure coating thickness on nanoparticles Measure coating thickness on nanoparticles
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Feb 13 2017
The JRC, in collaboration with 20 international laboratories, supported a Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) study on the measurement of the shell thickness and chemistry of nanoparticle coatings X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) and Low Energy Ion Scattering techniques.
Human pressures along the boundary of the Selous Game Reserve, a natural World Heritage site in Tanzania
©EU, author: Gregoire Dubois
Feb 10 2017

The first ever global quantification of the impact of humanity on natural World Heritage sites (NWHS) finds that the vast majority of NWHS are under severe pressure from increasing human activities and forest loss. Led by an international team of researchers, including the JRC, the study provides crucial baseline information to help inform the ongoing preservation of NWHS.

Female scientist in lab coat graphic Women are 38% of senior managers at the JRC and nearly 40% of all staff.
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Feb 10 2017
Women fill 38% of senior management posts at the JRC, showing our commitment to gender equality in science and in the European Commission.
Current challenges in monitoring biotoxins for human and animal health Current challenges in monitoring biotoxins for human and animal health
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Feb 10 2017
Scientists from the JRC and US-FDA have reviewed and summarised current challenges in biotoxin monitoring and proposed strategies for improving efficiency in food control laboratories. The main focus was on the developments from prototype methods to ready-to-use methods for end-users, as well as novel ways of interpreting analytical performance data from recent studies in a simplified way.

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