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KETs comprise micro/nano electronics, nanotechnology, photonics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing systems. KETs comprise micro/nano electronics, nanotechnology, photonics, advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and advanced manufacturing systems.
©EU, 2015
Jan 26 2016

A first-time analysis finds that key enabling technologies (KETs) – such as nano electronics or industrial biotechnologies – directly boost EU regions’ growth, particularly those which lag behind in innovation.

Cover illustration: Sea surface temperature in European seas Cover illustration: Sea surface temperature in European seas
©National Oceanography Centre, UK/Marine Systems Modelling/Andrew Coward.
Jan 25 2016

The health of the oceans and coastal seas is vital for the future well-being of Europe, and globally. Livelihoods of 3 billion people worldwide are linked to marine and coastal biodiversity. A new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and the JRC stresses the importance of integrated management of marine and coastal resources to promote their conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

Aerial view of a flooded town Under the 2°C degree scenario intense rainfalls are projected to increase significantly over the whole continent.
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Jan 22 2016

A 2°C rise in global temperature is still expected to lead to a significant increase in floods and droughts in many regions of Europe, particularly in southern Europe, Ireland and the UK.

Refineries The EU refining industry has a total annual turnover of around EUR 600 billion; some 119000 people are directly employed in the sector.
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Jan 18 2016

An evaluation carried out by the European Commission of the impact of ten pieces of the most relevant EU legislation on petroleum refining shows that the legislation has delivered its objectives and that the costs can be considered proportionate relative to the benefits achieved.

Map of the Adriatic Sea Fisheries areas with higher intensity are marked by grades of violet, with darker tonality showing higher fishing activity.
©EU, 2016
Jan 14 2016

Thanks to tracking data of fishing vessels, it is possible to derive information about the fishing habits of coastal communities and to know, for example, which are the areas where they fish more frequently. This information is crucial to tailor policy and management strategies to boost blue growth.

Electric motorcycle testing Interoperability test of an electric motorcycle against various chargers at the JRC facilities
©EU, 2016
Jan 08 2016

Electrification of road transport can reduce oil dependency, CO₂ emissions and urban air pollution. To date, most attention has been paid to the use of electric cars; however bicycles and motorcycles can represent an untapped potential in urban areas if deployed on a larger scale. A JRC co-authored article written in cooperation with the Utrecht University and the University of Geneva has evaluated the environmental, economic and social performance of electric bikes and motorcycles.

GDACS world map GDACS map showing the latest disaster alerts, state on 6 January 2016
©EU, 2016
Jan 06 2016

The JRC and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have now concluded a comprehensive agreement to further scientific and technical exchange and increase the knowledge and capabilities of the JRC and the USGS in the field of earth sciences.

European design standards widespread in the building sector Scientists test the stability of construction components at the JRC-hosted European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA).
©EU
Dec 30 2015

According to a new JRC study, 23 out of the 28 EU countries have implemented the European Technical Standards (Eurocodes) for buildings and other civil engineering works.

Individual mobility: single charge of electric cars fits into average daily use For the smaller battery electric car size segment, the median electricity consumption is around 186 Wh/km.
©Credit: P.Brandt, Copyright EU
Dec 28 2015

A JRC report analysed driving patterns of both conventional and electric vehicles in the EU. Findings show that most of them (more than 80%) drive less than 65 km per day, which could be covered by a single charge.

The novel alpha emitter radioactive drug can penetrate a simulated human blood brain barrier. The novel alpha emitter radioactive drug can penetrate a simulated human blood brain barrier.
©Fotolia, Kirsty Pargeter
Dec 21 2015

Targeted alpha therapy has the potential to selectively eliminate HIV infected cells from the central nervous system, according to a recent study co-authored by the JRC.

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