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Picture of all seven trappist beers Picture of all seven trappist beers CC BY-SA 3.0 Robin Vanspauwen / Bram Weyens
Jan 18 2011

Scientists of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) contributed to the development of methods that can identify genuine monastic beers produced by Trappist monks. The method used in a recent study is able to distinguish genuine Trappist beers from other beers, including so-called "Abbey beers", which are mass-produced commercial products. Each beer or wine has a specific chemical profile or "fingerprint", which can be traced with so-called liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry.

Bromate concentrations in drinking water should be less than 10 micrograms per litre Bromate concentrations in drinking water should be less than 10 micrograms per litre
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Jan 13 2011

A study carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has opened the door to replacing the current standard method for measuring bromate in drinking water with an improved method, which is more suitable for the tighter current legislative limits.

Klaus Mayer Klaus Mayer
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Jan 13 2011

Klaus Mayer, Action Leader "Forensic Analysis and Combating Illicit Trafficking" from the JRC's Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) in Kalsruhe, Germany, has been recognised by the Focus magazine's as one of the top 100 most influential German people. His work has been a key factor in helping to avoid a scenario of a terrorist attack with nuclear smuggled goods and to identify their source.

Different volumes of biofuels needed to produce the same quantity of energy Different volumes of biofuels needed to produce the same quantity of energy
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Dec 21 2010

Since its online publication in May 2010, the article "An overview of the chemical composition of biomass" has made it to the top 25 articles in 2010 in ScienceDirect. The article is the result of fundamental research by JRC-IE scientists Stanislav V. Vassilev, David Baxter and Lars K. Andersen in collaboration with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Its popularity lies in a new systematic approach for classifying different biomass types based on their chemical composition.

JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news
Dec 21 2010

The latest edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here . It features an editorial by Jim McLaren, the Director-General of the Canadian Institute for National Measurement Standards. This editorial is part of this issue's focus on JRC-IRMM's recent activities during its 50th anniversary including the inauguration of a new laboratory, a conference on the future of reference materials and the graduation ceremony for the first generation of Master's students in "Measurement Science in Chemistry" at JRC-IRMM.

Toxicology testing at ECVAM Toxicology testing at ECVAM
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Dec 21 2010

The protection of animals used in scientific procedures such as safety testing of chemicals or cosmetics is of great concern to European citizens. Taking up this concern, the European Commission has launched several regulations that underline the European Union's commitment to improve animal welfare (e.g. Cosmetics Directive, REACH chemicals legislation) by promoting the use of alternatives to animal testing. A strong and continuous dialogue with key stakeholders in this area is recognised as pivotal for progress.

Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions
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Dec 20 2010

A new JRC reference report provides the first comprehensive overview of methodologies for estimating air emissions from shipping, describes technological solutions and proposes policy options for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution in this sector. Maritime transport causes about 4% of global man-made CO2 emissions which makes its carbon footprint approximately as high as Germany's. There is no regulation of international maritime transport emissions yet, but this is currently under discussion in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

An insight into the EU robotics industry An insight into the EU robotics industry
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Dec 13 2010

The JRC has recently published the study "A Helping Hand for Europe: the Competitive Outlook for the EU Robotics Industry".

Coast Guards and Official Fisheries Inspectors set out to control fishing vessels in the North Sea Coast Guards and Official Fisheries Inspectors set out to control fishing vessels in the North Sea
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Dec 10 2010

The FishPopTrace European research project, of which the JRC is a member, is exploring a range of techniques to develop reliable tests to understand where local population marine fish come from. In today’s issue of Science (10 December 2010; Vol. 330) the latest results are discussed.

ICT can raise car sales ICT can raise car sales
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Dec 09 2010

A new JRC report reviews the state of the art of the competitiveness of the European automotive embedded systems industry. Currently information and communication technologies (ICT) innovation in this sector is a key competence in Europe, with very little innovation of this kind brought in from outside into EU automotive companies. It highlights however the need for continuous product innovation if jobs are to be maintained in this sector.

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