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  Bio-based smart food packaging to reduce waste
An EU and industry-funded project is working on the development of bio-based smart food packaging that will reduce waste by monitoring and extending shelf-life, while being compostable, biodegradable or recyclable - good for the environment. It has already developed biodegradable packaging that incorporates an oxygen sensor to monitor shelf-life.

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  Turning food and crop waste into new products
Every year, around one-third of all food produced across the world is wasted before it even reaches the consumer. A team of EU-funded researchers is tackling the problem by turning crop and food-processing waste into high-value products.

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  Innovative ways to assess climate change risks and costs
An EU-funded project on assessing climate change risks and costs is taking its research out of universities and working with various end-user communities to design better ways to help citizens adapt.

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  Safe water solutions thanks to Euro-African 'cleantech' collaboration
Clean water is a human right and a major contributor to sustainable development. But large parts of Africa still have very poor access to it. That needs to change and an EU-backed international consortium is working on clean water technology programmes targeting sub-Saharan Africa. Sustainable, locally-adapted solutions to this complex challenge are the key.

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  The economics of climate change adaptation, and uncertainty
What measures could we take in view of the likely effects of climate change? How would they play out in economic terms? And how do we decide on investments, given that we do not know how pronounced the change will be? An EU-funded project has produced tools and guidance to support policy- and decision-makers.

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  Collaboration in the clinical neurosciences
A number of cutting-edge neuroscience methods have tremendous potential to help patients suffering from disorders of the nervous system. An EU-funded project is working to facilitate collaborative research, with the aim of better understanding cognitive impairments and improving patient outcomes.

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  Creating workable scenarios to deal with climate change
It is widely accepted that the climate is changing and that the impact of this is likely to be severe. EU-funded research has proposed various pathways for adapting to climate change through an integrated and cross-sector approach.

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  Prosthetics with natural sensations for lower-limb amputees
An EU-funded project is building on the development of an upper-limb prosthesis controlled by the nervous system, which restores amputees' natural sensations and intuitive limb control. The aim is to create and market a similar solution for people who have lost lower limbs.

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  A natural alternative to plastic is coming to a product near you
Extremely efficient to use, bringing about improvements in several industries and products, giving industry a tool to enhance performance... and all of this from sustainably sourced trees. Microfibrillated cellulose, a remarkable natural material that can replace oil-based products in industries as diverse as construction, cosmetics and agriculture, is now entering commercialisation thanks to a pioneering EU and industry-funded project. Microfibrillated cellulose has arrived to out-compete additives from petrochemicals.

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  Tools to help Europe's wine industry adapt to climate change
An EU-funded project is developing a decision support system integrating weather forecasting, seasonal predictions, climate projections, crop planning, irrigation modelling and other information to help the southern European wine industry adapt to climate change and remain competitive.

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  Super-resolution microscope gives better insight into cells
An EU-funded project to develop a super-resolution microscope platform capable of visualising DNA, mRNA and proteins in living cells could advance regenerative medicine, potentially leading to breakthroughs in replacing or restoring diseased or malfunctioning human cells, tissues or organs.

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  Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.


  Cities go back to nature to tackle climate challenges
Cities need to develop inclusive, smart and sustainable solutions to climate and water-related challenges. Using nature to solve these challenges can bring multiple benefits. The EU-funded Urban Nature Labs (UNALAB) project is taking a citizen-driven approach to developing innovative, nature-based solutions in different urban environments.

  Better weather prediction to confront climate change
An EU-funded project aims to better predict when and how severe weather will affect Europe, Asia and North America, enabling people on these continents to mitigate the adverse effects on their health and economies.

  Arctic models to inform North Hemisphere weather forecasts
What warming of the Arctic will mean for ecosystems and communities inside the Arctic and the Northern Hemisphere is uncertain. An EU-funded project aims to better describe, model and predict climate extremes in the region and to develop more accurate long-term forecast systems for the Northern Hemisphere.

  Helping EU agriculture manage water and nutrient limitations
European farmers need to meet increasing crop demand while reducing fertiliser use and adapting to changing rainfall patterns. The EU-funded SOLACE project will provide new crop varieties and innovations in management to help them use water and nutrients more efficiently.

  Ageing, stem cells and a propensity to cancer
With the support of Russia's Almazov Medical Research Centre, the EU-funded SyStemAge project studied the molecular mechanisms of ageing in adult stem cells, the results of which indicate that the intervention of metabolic pathways could correct age-related alterations and diseases.

  Satellites take the measure of gaps in global temperature records
An EU-funded project is compiling global temperature records spanning 166 years, using satellite temperature recordings to help fill existing gaps in measurements.

  Cultivating the Internet of Things in farming
Cloud-supported control of pests, data-empowered precision in the use of water and nutrients, remote monitoring of milk quality... Smart webs of connected objects are opening up new possibilities to boost productivity and sustainability in agriculture. EU-funded researchers are trialling Internet of Things solutions for farms and food.

  The myriad of careers where research skills matter
Opportunities for researchers arise in a wide variety of sectors, but awareness of the full breadth of potential careers in settings other than academia tends to be lacking. An EU-funded project has produced online resources to highlight a wider range of options, in a bid to benefit society, the economy and researchers themselves.

  Mapping Europe's sustainable farming future
EU-funded researchers have developed mapping tools and calculators to help farmers use water and fertilisers more efficiently, maintaining yields while cutting costs and limiting the environmental impact.

  To see the sea... for what it's worth
Oceans are a vital resource for energy, food, transport, recreation and more. And with mounting evidence of serious pollution, marine litter, overfishing... the world is finally waking up to the importance of Marine Protected Areas to preserve the complex and delicate balance between ecosystems and the services they provide. A massive international consortium, funded by the EU, took up that challenge, focusing on the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

  New therapeutic potential for chronic inflammatory diseases
Substances that trigger prolonged immune responses contribute to the development of atherosclerosis. An EU-funded project is identifying these substances and the underlying mechanisms involved, opening the door to new management strategies for chronic inflammatory diseases.

  A novel, preventive approach to treating rheumatoid arthritis
Novel therapies being developed by EU- and industry-funded researchers could prevent and cure rheumatoid arthritis by tackling the autoimmune disease in the very early stages, before debilitating symptoms occur.

  Gateway to earth observation of coastal waters
Coastal waters around the world are under threat from land-based pollutants that affect water quality, marine ecosystems and tourism. An EU-funded project is creating an IT-based platform to support applications that use earth observation (EO) to monitor coastal waters.

  Pioneering comet research
In November 2014, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission landed a probe on a comet - a first for such a feat. An EU-funded project used Rosetta data to learn more about the comet in order to better understand the universe we live in.

  Our handwritten past, automatically transcribed
The historical documents lovingly preserved in the world's archives still have a lot to tell us - and unlocking the secrets of the handwritten ones has recently become easier. EU-funded researchers have made innovative automated transcription and indexing technology freely available, boosting Europe's research capabilities.

  Virtual research environment empowers scientists
Researchers across south-east Europe and the eastern Mediterranean are benefitting from a powerful new e-infrastructure developed in an EU-funded project, which enables diverse scientific communities to conduct groundbreaking cross-border research spanning climatology, life sciences and cultural heritage.

  Southeast Asian integration, changing tides
Researchers studied Southeast Asian integration processes at national and regional levels in the hope of better understanding the dynamics of difference and, with that, new pathways to inclusion in various social, historical, ethno-cultural, political and geographical contexts. The conclusion: Europe has a lot to offer (and gain from) Southeast Asia in terms experience and lessons learned on social integration and diversity.

  Novel approach to empowering women with disabilities
Women with disabilities have more difficulties than their male counterparts in finding employment and joining in community life. The EU-funded RISEWISE project is working to identify clear directions for research towards improving the social and economic integration of disabled women.

  Innovative space-based climate assessment
The European Union has established stringent requirements for the monitoring from space of man-made greenhouse gases (GHGs). An EU-funded project is developing a miniaturised spectrometer to be mounted on small satellites. This will enable scientists to meet the specifications for GHG monitoring and ultimately help us to better understand climate change.

  Studying habitats to support sustainable farming
Nature provides benefits worth billions of euros a year to EU agriculture - such as pest control by insect predators. An EU-funded project has improved knowledge of the habitats that foster these so-called ecological services, helping to support an increase in sustainable farming and food security.

  Cooking up a plan to conserve Andean crop diversity
From tackling poverty, climate change and environmental degradation to preserving cultural heritage and agricultural sustainability, crop diversity is integral to solving some of the greatest challenges on the planet. An EU-backed research effort has made agrobiodiversity conservation in the Andean region its business. The hope is that crops like tarwi, amaranth, cañahua, arracacha, yacón and isaño could one day become household names as quinoa is today.

  Marine mammals arouse young people's interest in science
By involving them in research on marine mammals, an EU-funded project is arousing young people's interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It aims to ensure that Europe has sufficient talent in STEM subjects - essential to remaining competitive globally.

  Pest management in Europe, it's everybody's business
With livelihoods at stake, Europe's farmers are relying on the support of the EU and international research expertise to prevent and/or mitigate widespread damage to their crops and harvests. The scale of the cooperation involved shows that integrated pest management is everybody's business.

  A study in gesture interactions
The EU-funded GETUI project is developing ways to assess how gestures fit into the communication skill set needed for collaborative problem solving.

  Vitamin D trial results breakthrough
EU-funded researchers have delivered the first internationally comparable data providing firm evidence of a significant risk to public health in Europe from vitamin D deficiency.

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