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  • Transforming sea waves into energy

    06/12/2013

    Sea waves can produce very high forces but they also tend to have very low vertical velocities. Exploiting wave energy from these low velocities often requires large generators which are too bulky and expensive for efficient use.

    However, a European consortium has developed a prototype that "snaps" energy out of the rise and fall of the swell, allowing for the efficient extraction of energy. With a generator that is relatively small, light and cheap, the prototype is designed to resist corrosion while deployed in water depths of up to 60m.

  • Science of the future can cure disease with bacteria

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    05/12/2013

    Researchers within the NAIMIT EU-funded project are testing genetically altered bacteria known as Lactococcus lactis, which is showing promise to produce a valid treatment for Type I diabetes.

    Success in these clinical trials already has had profound implications for future innovation and could have a positive impact on human health.

  • Your views, your future, your Europe!

    05/12/2013

    What are your main concerns for the future? What is needed to exit the crisis and help Europe's economy to grow? How do you see Research & Innovation making a difference for a better future?

    Find the answers to some of these questions here.

  • Investing in European success. Horizon 2020 : research and innovation to boost growth and jobs in Europe

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    05/12/2013
    Horizon 2020 is the main financial instrument implementing Innovation Union, one of the Europe 2020 flagship initiatives aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Building on the success of previous research framework programmes, this brochure presents a selection of results from EU funded projects that have shown great strides in innovation and will make a positive change to our daily lives.
  • FET Open - Supporting promising new ideas

    05/12/2013

    Have a look at this video promoting the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Open Research Funding Scheme. FET Open supports early-stage joint science and technology research around new ideas for radically new future technologies.

  • Banishing killer bacteria from hospital beds

    05/12/2013
    Professor Aharon Gedanken says he dreams of a day when hospitals are infection-free. "We are getting closer to the dream," he says of his EU-funded project, which demonstrated how textiles treated with nanoparticles can kill deadly bacteria.
  • Cheese by-product to make packaging greener

    05/12/2013

    Plastic films are used for packaging a wide range of products, offering protection against humidity and potential contaminants. Over time, however, these films let in air, diminishing the properties of the packed products. And while multilayer films combining several plastics are often used to improve protection, most of this packaging cannot be recycled.

    The researchers behind the EU-funded WHEYLAYER project found a cheese-based biodegradable alternative to conventional multilayer films.

  • The Grand Challenge. The design and societal impact of Horizon 2020

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    05/12/2013

    This report presents the results of the ex ante impact assessments carried out as part of the Horizon 2020 policy formulation process. It explains the problems that the programme aims to tackle, why it is structured as it is, and what it is expected to achieve in terms of impact on Europe's economy and society.

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