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Analysing nuclear and radioactive material Analysing nuclear and radioactive material
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Jun 29 2011

The JRC Institute for Transuranium Elements (ITU) developed a new method to determine the age of uranium ore and its intermediate products, such as yellow cake. The new method can be applied to intermediate products making it a useful complement to the most commonly used Thorium-230/Uranium-234 technique, limited to highly purified materials. Establishing the age of uranium concentrates provides key information which is needed to verify the declared origin of nuclear and radioactive materials.

The Aqua Alta Oceanographic Tower, 16 km off-shore from Venice, where marine water samples were taken. The Aqua Alta Oceanographic Tower, 16 km off-shore from Venice, where marine water samples were taken.
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Aug 05 2013

The JRC presented its new multi-compound method developed for the analysis of polar organic chemical contaminants in marine water samples in a recently published article in the Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry journal.

Person soldering on a circuit board The method “Resource Efficiency Assessment of Products” identifies hotspots in products to improve their resource efficiency.
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Nov 24 2014

JRC scientists have developed a new method to assess and improve the resource efficiency of energy-using products, with a particular focus on their end-of-life. Most notably, results are being used for the revision of EU Ecodesign implementing measure for electronic displays (TV and computer screens) and the revision of EU Ecolabel criteria for television sets and personal and notebook computers.

A house with some construction work being carried out next to it Building sustainability should take into account the environmental issues in the general design process.
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Mar 27 2015

A new approach proposed by JRC scientists results into a single indicator bringing together ecological costs, construction costs and the expected structural repair and downtime losses.

The JRC presented a new method to correct surface shapes of satellite imagery to study mountainous terrains. The JRC presented a new method to correct surface shapes of satellite imagery to study mountainous terrains.
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Nov 06 2013

JRC scientists obtained remarkable results in correcting surface shapes of satellite imagery to study mountainous terrains, with a combination of topographic correction algorithms and statistical methods. The JRC presented its new method in a recently published article in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

Tree crowns and Siberian sky, Central Siberia Climate change can alter the photosynthetic activity of vegetation
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Aug 19 2013

The JRC described its new method to study the long-term effects of climate change on vegetation in a recent article published in Remote Sensing, a journal about science and application of remote sensing technology.

Map Vessel declared positions (blue) and radiolocation of the available emissions (green) received by more than two base stations (stars)
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Jan 05 2015

The JRC, in collaboration with the Italian coast guard service, has developed a new method to verify whether ship positions reported with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) are correct. This effective method does not need any additional sensors or technologies and it makes it possible to validate reported data and detect unintentionally incorrect, jammed or deliberately falsified information reported by ships.

Water Project Toolkit banner - children queuing to drink water The Water Project Toolkit helps implement water projects in developing countries
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Feb 03 2015

In support of the European Union Water Initiative (EUWI), the JRC and EuropeAid have developed a new mobile app that provides guidance on best practices for implementing water and sanitation projects in the developing world. It is free of charge and can be used to steer this type of projects throughout its lifecycle.

Photo of a baby Already as small children we have bioaccumulated toxins in our body, which increase as we get older
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Feb 28 2012

When assessing the safety of chemical substances, knowledge on absorption, distribution (including the bioaccumulative potential), metabolism and excretion is essential. A lot of this information can be generated through in vitro and in silico test methods at tissue, cell or sub-cellular level. This information can be used as input parameters for physiologically-based toxicokinetic modelling (PBTK). Such computer modelling can help reducing the numbers of animal experiments by better targeting critical parameters. It has the potential to contribute to the replacement of animal tests in future.

A JRC map of conflict events in Somalia A map of conflict events in Somalia
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Sep 28 2011

The JRC has developed a statistical modelling tool to analyse the risk of conflict in developing countries. The tool – which was presented at the conference "Scientific Support for Food Security and Global Governance" on 28 September - examines the link between natural resources and the risk of conflict by combining online news reports with geographical satellite data.

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