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Taking steps towards standardisation of screening tests for colorectal cancer
© Kateryna_Kon
Jul 20 2018

The JRC, in close collaboration with the International Federation for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC), has embarked on standardisation activities related to the screening of colorectal cancer using Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT). The work aims at the comparability of testing results regardless of which tests are used in national screening programmes.

Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Europe. However, when diagnosed at an early stage, the disease can be treated with a survival rate of around 90-95%.

Soil is increasingly being recognised as a source and sink of greenhouse gases
©Fotolia, Author: ComZeal
Jul 20 2018

Speakers at last week's high-level stakeholder consultation conference on the EU’s long-term strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions lamented the fact that the importance of soil in climate change, global warming and prosperity is severely underestimated in EU policy.

Andrea Kohl, Programme Director at the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and speaker at the conference, is quoted as saying “Soil is a completely underestimated issue when we talk about climate change”*.

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Samples of fuel
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Jul 18 2018

The JRC released a new batch of a certified reference material (CRM) - ERM®-EF318k - consisting of gas oil that contains the Euromarker Solvent Yellow 124 to prevent taxation fraud. This CRM is highly requested, as it is essential for checking the proper use of energy fuel products within the European Union.

According to Council Directive 95/60/EC , all gas oil and kerosene products in Europe are taxed at a rate different from those used as propellants.

Jul 17 2018

European researchers developed a new classification system for photovoltaic (PV) devices, which can be used to reliably estimate their efficiency under real operating conditions.

Jul 16 2018

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative last week launched the report 'Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals' at the United Nations High Level Political Forum in New York. This report sets out six key transformations that will enable the world to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Deployment of JRC optical instruments near Svalbard
Jul 13 2018

The JRC recently participated in a measurement campaign to assess satellite ocean colour products in the Arctic.

Satellite technologies are an invaluable tool for detecting changes at the global scale through long-term and comprehensive observations. For example, analysis of the colour of the ocean can give vital information about the biological processes occurring in the seas.

Mission Innovation, 22 May 2018, Malmö
May 22 2018

The Secretariat of Mission Innovation (MI), the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) organised an Expert Workshop on Enhancing Data Collection on Government and Private Sector Spending for Clean Energy Research and Innovation on 22 May 2018 in Malmö, Sweden.


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