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child ands robot The rapid rise in internet connected toys raises concerns about children's safety and privacy
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Mar 23 2017
Action is needed to monitor and control the emerging Internet of Toys, concludes a new JRC report. Privacy and security are highlighted as main areas of concern.
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Mar 22 2017
JRC scientists contributed to a proposal by a European expert group to reduce the number of animal testing for the safety assessment of nanomaterials.
Mar 21 2017

An upcoming stakeholders conference on the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp) and the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework (EntreComp) has been announced by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The event will take place in Brussels on Friday, 12 May 2017 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The pre-registeration from for the event is available.

CRM for calibration of Ko neutron activation analysis, ERM-EB530
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Mar 21 2017

In close collaboration with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), JRC scientists assessed the reliability of different calibration standards for neutron activation analysis. The study compared a newly released certified reference material (CRM) with five other (existing ones) to demonstrate that all give equivalent results.

Green forest The EU-Forest dataset is the most comprehensive database ever of forest resources at the EU level.
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Mar 21 2017
The JRC has recently released a high-resolution tree occurrence dataset for Europe. The EU-Forest dataset is the most comprehensive database ever of forest resources at the EU level, comprising over half a million tree occurrences and over 200 different tree species. It improves our understanding of the rapidly changing forested areas of Europe and changes over time of the kinds of trees that make them up.
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Mar 20 2017
JRC scientists compared different techniques for the extraction of heavy metals from sewage sludge, the latter being a potential risk to the environment. This work was related to the development of a new sewage sludge certified reference material.
Flying bird with plastic in the mouth The most visible effect of pollution on marine organisms is the entanglement of wildlife in marine litter.
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Mar 17 2017
Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new JRC report sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights the severity and scale of the issue. The report confirms that plastic items have the highest direct and indirect damaging impact.
Pictire from the cover of the report - American textile designs JRC's report "Innovation and regional specialisation in Latin America" analyses how smart specialisation is being implemented in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina and suggests collaborations between these countries and EU regions.
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Mar 15 2017
The new JRC report on "Innovation and Regional Specialisation in Latin America" analyses how smart specialisation is implemented in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. The study also suggests collaboration between smart specialisation initiatives in these countries, which together represent a population of over 460 million inhabitants, with EU regions.
Extreme waves crashing on Chesil Beach in Dorset in southern England on February 5, 2014.
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Mar 14 2017

Massive coastal flooding in northern Europe that now occurs once every century could happen every year if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to a new study.

New projections considering changes in sea level rise, tides, waves and storm surge over the 21st century find global warming could cause extreme sea levels to increase significantly along Europe’s coasts by 2100. Extreme sea levels are the maximum levels of the sea that occur during a major storm and produce massive flooding.

old couple Elderly people are more likely to purchase incompatible products online
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Mar 13 2017
Small changes in the website design of online shops could significantly reduce the risk of incompatible purchases by customers, concludes a recent JRC study published on 10 March in PLOS ONE. Warning messages appealing to the customer's emotions and information provided at check-out were the most effective methods of avoiding disappointment.