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VAC2VAC workshop participants, Joint Research Centre, 30 January 2017 VAC2VAC workshop participants, Joint Research Centre, 30 January 2017
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Feb 09 2017

The JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) organised this workshop with VAC2VAC partners from the 30th January to the 1st February 2017 to discuss ways of improving multi-centre validation studies and making use of the data generated for product-specific validation purposes.

Latest developments in mycotoxin analysis Latest developments in mycotoxin analysis
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Feb 09 2017

The JRC – in co-operation with 12 other scientists from 5 EU Member States plus Canada, the United States and Brazil – summarized the recent developments in mycotoxin analysis. Mycotoxins are the top ranking contaminants listed in the European Commission's Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

Cereal products Trace level determination of EU marker PAHs in cereal products
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Feb 08 2017

JRC scientists developed an analytical method for the determination of the four EU marker polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in cereal products. This work is part of the JRC hosted European Union Reference Laboratory for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (EURL PAH).

Graphic of the Happy Onlife game Safer Internet Day gives an opportunity for children, young students, teachers, parents, industry, policy makers and other stakeholders to collaborate and reflect on emerging risks the youngest users.
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Feb 07 2017
The release of the source code is an opportunity to share best practices and promote novel teaching methods on data protection and cybersecurity.
Need for guidelines to assess compliance with legislative limits on trace elements in canned vegetables Need for guidelines to assess compliance with legislative limits on trace elements in canned vegetables
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Feb 07 2017
The JRC, in its role as European Union Reference Laboratory on Heavy Metals (EURL-HM) organised a proficiency test (PT) for the determination of some heavy metals (trace elements) in canned peas. This study revealed that a harmonised sample preparation protocol needs to be used to avoid conflicting decisions about compliance with legislation.
The JRC tool for screening for high emission reduction potential on air (SHERPA) was used to model PM2.5 concentrations in the main cities in the Danube macro-region. The JRC tool for screening for high emission reduction potential on air (SHERPA) was used to model PM2.5 concentrations in the main cities in the Danube macro-region.
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Feb 06 2017

JRC scientists evaluated sources of air pollutants in the Danube macro-region, a necessary step for the design of action plans to improve air quality. The study showed residential heating contributed up to 35% of PM2.5 pollution in the main cities in the Danube macro-region, followed by agriculture (up to 32%), energy production and industry (up to 30%) and transport (up to 25%).

Comparing toxicity of dusts with and without carbon nanotubes Comparing toxicity of dusts with and without carbon nanotubes
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Feb 06 2017

The JRC contributed to a groundbreaking study carried out by scientists from various European Research Institutions to understand the impact of carbon nanotubes (CNT) present in dusts on human health.

Europe's energy transition on track
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Feb 03 2017
In line with its commitment to report annually on the state of the Energy Union, on 1 February 2017 the European Commission published its second State of the Energy Union Report. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewable energy, Europe is well on track to reach its 2020 targets.
Feb 03 2017

The book "Neutron Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage" provides an extensive overview of the application of neutron characterization techniques in cultural heritage to a broad audience and will be of interest to both scientists and non-scientists in the field.

The UNECE report calls for increased coordination and cooperation to ensure best management of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Sava River Basin
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Feb 03 2017

A new  report co-authored by UNECE-JRC-KTH looking at the Sava River Basin shows that water management planning is needed in order to meet the long-term renewable energy targets.

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