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Mussles - macro shots taken on a beach in cornwall The new CRM has been extracted from mussels (mytulis edulis)
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Dec 26 2012

A new certified reference material (CRM) extracted from mussels establishes certified values for cadmium, mercury lead and other 10 elements, being therefore a useful tool for laboratories to develop reliable testing methods and to control the quality of measurements for food safety.

Circuit board from an old hard drive ICT manufacturing has a much higher R&D intensity than ICT services
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Dec 21 2012

The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector is one of the most research intensive sectors in the EU economy, meaning that it has a high ratio of Research & Development (R&D) expenditure if compared to its value added (its revenues less materials and services purchases). This is one of the main findings of a new report by the JRC's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), which also highlights that with a ratio of 5.3% in 2009, the R&D intensity of this sector was more than four times the average of all business sectors in the EU (1.2%).

Scientist performing daily quality control of stem cell cultures Successful candidates will work in the JRC laboratories
©EU, 2012
Dec 20 2012

An EU competition for assistants in the research sector has been launched today.

Empty wine bottles of clear and colored glass in sunlight Criteria place limits on the amount of contaminants in glass to be recycled
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Dec 18 2012

On 31 December this year, the new regulation for end of waste criteria for glass cullet will come into force. It will contribute to assure a second life for bottles and other glass containers.

Cars, train, plane Noise exposure from rail, road, air traffic and industry is a serious problem
©EU, 2012
Dec 14 2012

New guidance to assess the health impact of noise is now available to national and local authorities across Europe. The step-by-step guidance on how to calculate the burden of cardiovascular diseases and sleep disturbance from noise is the result of a 2-year study conducted by a group of international experts from World Health Organisation (WHO), the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the European Environment Agency.

Cyprus flag Cyprus flag
Dec 13 2012

New services can vitalise the economy, as they generate jobs and growth, and the services sector accounts already for about two thirds of employment and GDP in Europe. Innovation in this area can be driven by the exploitation of new technologies, new markets or new organisational structures.

Machines cutting steel tubes in factory Steel tube production
©Benteler Steel
Dec 12 2012

According to a recent JRC report, only new innovative technologies have the potential to alter CO2 emissions substantially and energy consumption to a minor extent in the European iron and steel industry by 2030.

Energy Efficiency Status Report 2012 - cover image EU households consume around 300 Mtoe of energy per year
©EU, 2012
Dec 11 2012

A new JRC report shows the status of energy consumption (up to 2010) in the EU-27 residential and tertiary sectors, with a special focus on the electricity consumption of main household appliances and equipment. Conclusions show that the increasing number and use of appliances and equipment has kept energy and electricity consumption either stable or increasing in the sectors studied.

2012 Corruption Perceptions Index - part of the brochure cover The JRC has reviewed the methodology of the corruption perceptions index
©Transparency International, 2012
Dec 10 2012

The JRC has provided a thorough statistical analysis for the 2012 corruption perceptions index, issued by Transparency International on 5 December.

The Scoreboard cover page The 1500 Scoreboard companies represent 90% of the total private R&D investment worldwide
©2012, EU
Dec 06 2012

The new edition of the R&D Scoreboard , published by the JRC and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, shows that in the face of the continuing economic and financial crisis, major EU-based firms continue to rely on R&D for their competitive edge.