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Inner view of the Washington Convention Center, venue of the AAAS Annual meeting 2011 Inner view of the Washington Convention Center, venue of the AAAS Annual meeting 2011
Feb 21 2011

25 renowned scientists from various different countries and institutions including FBI, NASA, IAEA, the World Bank, UN and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) took part as speakers in the eight scientific sessions organised by the JRC at the Annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Example of the output of the JRC GHSL 75m model for the city of Lagos, Nigeria and surroundings Example of the output of the JRC GHSL 75m model for the city of Lagos, Nigeria and surroundings
Feb 21 2011

The JRC's Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA), has produced the first prototype of the global human settlement layer (GHSL) using European medium resolution ENVISAT ASAR satellite data and advanced pattern recognition algorithms developed by the JRC. The first test results cover most of the African continent's surface and confirm the efficiency of the algorithms and underpinning high performance computing infrastructure to allow a rapid analysis of about 4 billion image elements corresponding to 270 ENVISAT ASAR scenes.

JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news
Feb 18 2011

The latest edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here. In this issue: Editorial by Nikola Todorov, Minister of Education and Science of the FYR of Macedonia.

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, and Dominique Ristori, JRC Director-General, sign the letter of intent Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, and Dominique Ristori, JRC Director-General, sign the letter of intent
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Feb 18 2011

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) have agreed to formally explore strengthening their cooperation in areas of common interest.

Protected areas are a vital part of mankind’s attempts to preserve the diversity of life Protected areas are a vital part of mankind’s attempts to preserve the diversity of life
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Feb 18 2011

The JRC has developed a digital observatory to monitor protected areas, which are set up to counteract biodiversity loss. In October 2010, the United Nation's Convention on Biological Diversity conference of the parties in Nagoya set stringent new targets to be reached by 2020. At least 17% of terrestrial and inland water and 10% of coastal and marine areas have to be protected. In support to these initiatives, the JRC and its partners have developed a Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA), an information system aiming to provide accurate maps, environment indicators and alerts on protected ecosystems. It is facilitating the preservation of life diversity in the planet's marine and terrestrial protected areas.

The 25 types of nanomaterial include carbon nanotubes, silver nanoparticles, titanium dioxide, cerium oxide, zinc oxide, bentonite, gold and silicon dioxide. The 25 types of nanomaterial include carbon nanotubes, silver nanoparticles, titanium dioxide, cerium oxide, zinc oxide, bentonite, gold and silicon dioxide.
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Feb 14 2011

The JRC has launched the first European repository of nanomaterials. It contains most types of nanomaterials that are currently assumed to be used in significant volumes in consumer products. These materials will be used as a reference point by laboratories that carry out safety assessments on nanomaterials, to make sure that their results are comparable to those of other laboratories. This responds to a need expressed by experts in international standardisation organisations.

Generation IV International Forum logo Generation IV International Forum
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Feb 11 2011

The European Commission has set up a new task force (EUROGIF) to facilitate the participation of Member States in the activities of Generation IV International Forum (GIF), an international organisation that aims to foster international R&D collaboration on advanced nuclear systems. This was announced at the annual Euratom-GIF coordination meeting, which was held in Brussels on 7-8 February 2011. The meeting was attended by representatives of the European Commission, 11 Member States and the GIF secretariat.

Construction steel grids The Eurocodes include 10 standards covering in a comprehensive manner all principal construction materials (concrete, steel, timber, masonry and aluminium)
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Feb 10 2011

Earthquake resistant building design is the topic of a major event taking place in Lisbon on 10-11 February, 2011. Engineers and professionals in the construction sector from all EU Member States will come together to share their knowledge on seismic design of buildings according to the recent European standard (Eurocode 8).

The new GLobcover 2009 Map of the European Space Agency ESA, elaborated with the help of, inter alia, the JRC. The new GLobcover 2009 Map of the European Space Agency ESA, elaborated with the help of, inter alia, the JRC.
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Feb 09 2011

The final meeting of the Globcover 2009 Project of the European Space Agency (ESA) is held at the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC IES) in Ispra, Italy on 9 February 2011. The GlobCover project has developed a service capable of delivering land cover maps on the basis of satellite images (observations from the 300m MERIS sensor on board the ENVISAT satellite mission). The aim of the meeting is to take stock of the strengths and the limitations of this approach, and to present the new GlobCover 2009 Map.

Food sweeteners are used in an increasingly wide range of food products and beverages and are carefully controlled by EU legislation Food sweeteners are used in an increasingly wide range of food products and beverages and are carefully controlled by EU legislation
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Feb 07 2011

Scientists at the JRC-IRMM have developed a method for detecting nine different sweeteners in drinks and canned and bottled fruits. A single test will tell which of the nine sweeteners have been used and in what dosage.

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