JRC News

  1. 3 Oct 2014

    In view of improving nuclear model calculations, the influence of prompt neutron and gamma-ray emission on even-odd effects in fission has been studied by JRC scientists in collaboration with the theoretical group of the Bucharest University.

  2. 10 Jul 2009

    Following the spread of major forest fires in Corsica earlier this month, French authorities made a request for additional fire fighting aircraft through the European Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), based in Brussels. The MIC responded by providing European reserve fire-fighting aircraft within three hours of the request.

  3. 3 Jul 2014

    A recently published JRC report makes recommendations on the creation of a global index to monitor the progress of climate-resilient development policies. The index should include metrics on extreme climate events, climate vulnerability and adaptive capacity, taking into account the climate vulnerability of ecosystem services and the role of natural resources in climate adaptation. As a first step towards building the index, JRC scientists propose to construct a platform which will act as interface between science and policy on climate-resilient development.

  4. 3 Nov 2014

    The Forward Thinking Platform, a network of foresight practitioners and an open space for discussing the future of agriculture and rural development and the implications for agricultural research, has recently produced a Glossary of Terms commonly used in Futures Studies. The Glossary aims to promote a ‘common language’ with regard Futures Studies of food, agriculture and rural development. Several JRC scientists co-authored the glossary, which was created with the support of the Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR).

     

  5. 27 Nov 2014

    How can research in food and diets address how we will live and eat in 2050? By supporting the move towards individualised diets; by ensuring the sustainability of the future food system; by improving our understanding of links between food, nutrients and health; and by focusing on integrated policy-making. These are the main findings of a new foresight report that will support work done under Horizon 2020, the EU's Funding Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

  6. 22 Jul 2014

    Scientists at the EU reference laboratory (EU-RL) for mycotoxins, which is operated by the JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, developed a highly accurate method for the determination of aflatoxins in cereal-based baby food and maize.

  7. 19 Sep 2014

    A JRC-designed path for the visually impaired was inaugurated today in Melsungen, Germany. The new path will enable a visually impaired person to move around independently in the historical centre of Melsungen using a walking cane, which recognises the signals emitted by microchips placed in the pavement.

  8. 3 Jun 2014

    JRC scientists recently developed and validated a method in-house that may serve as a reference for the quality assessment of certain biodiesel properties. The new method is based on the measurement of free and bound glycerol, i.e. mono-, di- and triacylglycerides, by on-line hydrogenation using gas chromatography. It could be further used in the production of biodiesel reference materials ensuring a reliable quality assessment of biodiesel.

  9. 7 Nov 2011

    C-reactive protein (CRP) is one of the most important analytes in clinical chemistry. It is a very sensitive marker of inflammation and tissue damage. Routine clinical uses of CRP results include the diagnosis of bacterial and viral infections, the assessment of disease activity in inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, and the determination of the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.  

  10. 9 Oct 2014

    In collaboration with the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), JRC scientists have measured the properties of a new type of liquid scintillator. With advanced digital electronics, a detector built with this material is capable of distinguishing between neutron and gamma radiation. This enables the use of the material for detection systems against illicit trafficking of radioactive sources and nuclear material (nuclear security), and for the quantification of fissile and special nuclear material in nuclear samples and fuel assemblies (safeguards).