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  Making science more open and accessible
Open exchange and cooperation are guiding principles in the sciences. An EU-funded project is creating the integration and management system for the ground-breaking European Open Science Cloud, keeping communications open for science and the betterment of society.

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  New insight into how the brain develops
Humankind has always had a fascination with the brain - how it develops, how it works and how things can go wrong. By tracking a neuron's path through the brain, neuroscientists with the EU-funded MOMECODE project have given us new insight into how the brain develops.

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  Boosting our defence against deadly Klebsiella pneumoniae
With a better understanding of how Klebsiella Pneumoniae evades our body's immune system, researchers with the EU-funded U-KARE project are developing new treatments based on boosting our defences against the potentially deadly disease.

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  Uncovering new information on the rise of the dinosaurs
By conducting field-work and re-examining museum collections, the EU-funded ARCHOSAUR RISE project has shed new light on how archosaurs and such relatives as the dinosaurs diversified and rose to dominance.

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  Demystifying immunity in the bladder
The EU-funded UPECBCG project set out to study the bladder's immune system, with the aim of advancing our understanding of UTI and bladder cancer to improve treatment of these diseases.

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  Rogue 'protein factories' point to potential cancer treatments
Cells are packed with proteins, encoded by the recipes in our genes. An EU-funded researcher has discovered key differences in protein production between healthy cells and tumours, revealing exciting potential avenues for the development of future cancer treatments.

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  Defending hardware and data against malicious cyber attacks
The exposure this year of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in computer processors has given added urgency to the work of an EU-funded project to protect systems against 'side-channel' attacks.

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  Bespoke sanitation solutions for water-stressed regions
With EU backing, an international team has developed a unique bespoke - modular yet integrated - solution for reusing wastewater in remote and/or water-stressed communities. The patented technologies are being piloted in locations where water is a precious commodity for agriculture or in the conservation of natural freshwater ecosystems.

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  Researchers predict huge CO2 release by 2050
As the Earth warms, it releases trapped carbon into the atmosphere. Just how much is likely to be released and the impact it could have on the planet has been the subject of much debate. EU-funded researchers can now offer new insights into likely soil activity in climate-change scenarios.

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  A bigger, bolder leap into high-energy particle physics
An EU-funded project is setting in motion the future exploration of the building blocks of the universe, contributing to plans for particle accelerators three times bigger and many times more powerful than the Large Hadron Collider.

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  A research facility to drive forward technological progress
The European Spallation Source (ESS) will be the world's most powerful source of neutrons, a key tool in advancing materials science and technological progress. An EU-funded project has supported the development of ESS, which could lead to scientific breakthroughs that improve our quality of life.

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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.


  Next-generation particle accelerators promise big benefits
A new generation of particle accelerators will help physicists explore the mysteries of the universe, provide engineers with novel tools to combat pollution and enable doctors to treat cancer more effectively. An EU-funded project is leading the advance, developing technologies that are set to have a profound impact on science and society.

  International network impacts Arctic research and monitoring
An EU-funded infrastructure project is enhancing international cooperation for research and monitoring in the Arctic. This is providing a better understanding of environmental change, and how to adapt to it.

  Strengthening Europe's CBRN industry
Defending the public against the malicious use of CBRN materials is a vital responsibility for European authorities, but it also represents a significant opportunity for European companies. An EU-funded project is working to promote a more efficient, sustainable and globally competitive European CBRN industry.

  Therapeutic vaccines offer hope for a functional cure for HIV
EU-funded researchers are leading efforts to develop a functional cure for HIV using innovative therapeutic vaccines to halt the progression of the devastating virus, increase the availability and affordability of treatment, and improve patients' quality of life.

  Walkie-talkies get a high-tech, super-secure makeover
As national and international emergency services start thinking about switching from standard radio networks to broadband, EU-funded researchers are ahead of the game with their secure, high-tech take on the traditional walkie-talkie.

  High-tech detection of fraudulent documents
The making and use of false documents is responsible for enormous losses in societal and individual human terms. An EU-funded research initiative is piloting a high-tech detector of fraudulent documents, to be used by financial, border-control and law-enforcement services.

  Tracking and preventing radicalisation using an AI 'spy'
TA suite of smart software being developed by EU-funded researchers is designed to help law enforcers and intelligence agencies stop violent online radicalisation in its tracks.

  Smart video analysis software saves time in fighting crime
An innovative artificial intelligence platform being developed by EU-funded researchers analyses CCTV and videos posted on social media to identify criminals, suspicious behaviour and events more quickly.

  Cyber-detective assists police with criminal investigations
EU-funded researchers have been developing next-generation analytics technology that will help law-enforcement agencies make sense of the masses of data collected during complex investigations. This will help to increase crime-detection rates and improve security for citizens.

  Disrupting online extremism to boost safety
An EU-funded research project aims to boost the fight against terrorists and others abusing the internet as a platform to spread hate and incite violence. The project’s recommendations could feed into better strategies to increase global security and prevent extremist violence.

  Better information sharing to fight threats at sea
EU-funded researchers are creating an information-sharing system for maritime surveillance authorities that will improve coordination on threats such as international terrorism and cross-border pollution at sea, contributing to a safer, cleaner Europe.

  Eye in the sky boosts EU coastal surveillance
Europe's coastline covers tens of thousands of kilometres, providing many opportunities for crime and illegal or irregular entry. An EU-funded project has developed aerial surveillance technology to help protect and secure these vulnerable sea borders.

  Improving Europe's crisis management capability
Persistent threats and challenges to our safety and security call for better action at the international level. An EU-funded project offers the means to advance and improve Europe's crisis management and disaster resilience capabilities through standardisation.

  Catching more criminals with innovative forensic imaging
EU-funded researchers are ready to market new, accurate and fast footwear detection and tyre-tracking technology to help solve more crimes and increase security across Europe.

  3D technology reawakening Europe's past
The secrets hidden inside Europe's historical buildings and sites are being unlocked with the use of advanced 3D technology developed by an EU-funded project. The project is reconstructing such sites virtually - imparting knowledge of Europe's cultural heritage to a wider audience on smartphones and other mobile devices.

  Robots help kids on autism spectrum with their social skills
An emotionally intelligent, partially autonomous social robot could help children with autism spectrum disorder improve their social skills, according to EU-funded researchers who have been developing the next generation of robot-enhanced therapy.

  A sustainable alternative to plastic packaging
An EU-funded project aims to tackle the mountain of plastic waste clogging up our seas by licensing its biodegradable, microplastic-free material to manufacturers around the world.

  Could bats hold the secret to healthy ageing?
Scientists have long hoped that uncovering the mechanisms of the ageing process may provide hints as to how to halt or slow it down in humans. Now, EU-funded researchers have found that bats hold important clues.

  New strategies to fight Europe's growing wildfire risk
The EU-funded AF3 project has developed advanced detection and prediction software, as well as new blaze-fighting technologies aimed at saving lives and limiting destruction caused by forest fires.

  EU alert system supports tsunami preparedness
Of all natural hazards, tsunamis are among those that can cause the highest number of deaths. The EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed the world's only automatic tsunami alerting system. It calculates wave height and travel time in one to two minutes and sends alerts automatically so that people flee the danger.

  Eyeing up food supplements for healthy vision
Key nutrients can improve vision both in ageing and in healthy eyes, according to EU-funded research. Doctors are now prescribing supplements of these nutrients, while the researchers are investigating other possible health benefits.

  Engineering vaccines to protect farm animals from infection
An EU-funded project is using synthetic biology techniques to design broad-spectra vaccines against mycoplasmas and viral infections in farm animals. By designing a growth medium without animal components and developing a platform to engineer new vaccines, the project will give the EU livestock industry a much-needed boost.

  Assessing the risks of passive vaping and second-hand smoke
While the harmful effects of smoking are well-documented, the impact of second-hand smoke and e-cigarette vapour are still being determined. An EU-funded project aims to improve understanding, inform policy and reduce the economic and healthcare burden caused by exposure to these emissions.

  Ottoman Cyprus holds clues to modern climate change
EU-funded researchers have used geographical and spatial analysis techniques to uncover clues about the environment and society in Cyprus during the Ottoman Empire.

  Smarter identity control for a more mobile future
The rapid growth in air travel has made the task of controlling borders increasingly cumbersome. EU-funded research is developing pioneering new technology which will lighten the burden on weary travellers while simultaneously tightening security and facilitating ID control at the borders.

  Innovations to improve ship safety in the icy Arctic
The EU-funded SEDNA project is developing ways to improve the design, operation, navigation and anti-icing features of ships traversing the harsh Arctic region. SEDNA's innovations could help protect lives, safeguard the region's unique natural environment, and open more competitive routes for Europe's shippers.

  A more efficient fuel cell for smart power grids
An EU- and industry-funded project has developed a high-efficiency fuel cell with a long lifetime suitable for integrating renewable energy sources into smart power grids in the longer term. Some of the key components are already on the market. The advance could be part of the solution to providing Europe with clean, stable electricity supplies.

  Waste not, want not: making new materials from waste
The textile industry generates enormous amounts of waste and is one of the largest consumers of water and energy resources. EU-funded research is looking at ways to reduce its ecological impact by using textile waste and design to develop new materials for the future.

  EU and Japan collaborate in search for gravitational waves
An exchange of know-how and technology between EU-funded scientists and their Japanese colleagues has paved the way for a new generation of ultra-sensitive gravitational wave detectors.

  Taking a tailored approach to type 2 diabetes
EU and industry-funded researchers have split type 2 diabetes into subgroups and are working on a tool to personalise treatment for the disease. Their aim is to help patients get the best possible care for their specific condition and cut public health costs.

  Healthy outlook for artificial pancreas for very young children
Type 1 diabetes develops in childhood, requiring constant - often painful - management from the start. EU-funded researchers are testing an artificial pancreas that could transform the quality of life of youngsters suffering from the disease.

  New way to monitor diabetes and other metabolic disorders
EU-funded researchers have developed computer models that accurately predict and monitor the progression of metabolic syndrome and its associated diseases. This advance may result in new therapies for diabetes, hyperlipidemia, liver disease and more.

  Understanding the correlation between diabetes and tuberculosis
To answer the question of why diabetic patients are more susceptible to developing tuberculosis, the EU-funded TANDEM project linked leading European laboratories with field sites in TB-endemic countries such as Indonesia.

  New platform helps earth scientists manage and share data
An EU-funded project has developed a virtual research environment to help the earth sciences community manage its research life cycles and to share knowledge. The new e-infrastructure platform provides easy access to vast amounts of data and tools, boosting researchers’ productivity and creativity.

  Fighting online terrorism-related activities
Law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) across Europe face important challenges in trying to identify, gather and interpret terrorist-generated content on the internet. An EU-funded project is creating a powerful IT-based intelligence platform for detecting online, organised terrorist activities. The goal is to help authorities protect people against terrorist attacks.

  New tools to help victims of CBRN incidents
Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials are hazardous and represent an important potential risk to human beings. An EU-funded project is developing a 'field toolbox' for emergency services and medical personnel to aid victims of CBRN exposure.

  Serious gaming trains terrorism first responders
As the public and authorities adapt to the changing threat of terrorism, an EU-funded project is developing training for first responders to terrorist situations using gaming technology that integrates real-world data on how major attacks unfold.

  Saving lives with speedier responses to extreme weather
An EU-funded project aims to save lives by enabling civil protection agencies and society as a whole to respond more rapidly to extreme weather events, as well as better cope with related social, environmental and economic effects.

  Using social media to strengthen public security
An EU-funded project is improving understanding of the opportunities, challenges and legal and ethical considerations arising from the use of social media in policing. The project aims to provide a roadmap, including recommendations, to help policymakers better target ways to fight crime and improve public safety.

  Innovation in energy technology powers research careers
Breakthrough battery technologies will play a vital role in achieving the EU's goal of lowering carbon emissions by storing renewable energy for use around the clock and increasing the uptake of electric vehicles. EU-funded research is developing new energy-storage options that will have an enormous impact in Europe, creating new jobs and helping to protect our environment.

  Super-sensitive scanners search crowds in real time
Long, inefficient queues at airports and security checkpoints could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to EU-funded researchers who have designed slimline, hyper-sensitive scanners that survey crowds in real time.

  Tools to counter violent radicalisation
The phenomenon of radicalisation has become a source of grave concern for law-enforcement and security agencies, as well as for the general public. An EU-funded research project is developing an IT-based tool kit to help prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism.

  Reducing the vulnerability of global supply chains
Supply chains are vulnerable to all kinds of disruption, which can cause major economic losses. An EU-funded project provides technologies that companies can use for spotting in real time issues that disrupt their supply chains.

  Improving biometrics for European border controls
As cross-border travel continues to grow in the EU, automated border control with biometric verification speeds travellers on their way. An EU-funded project is researching new biometric methods to further reduce delays and enhance the travelling experience for EU and non-EU citizens alike.

  Accurate information to tackle crises efficiently
An EU-funded project is developing a system to give crisis managers timely and accurate data about the extent and impact of disasters caused by extreme weather events. This could increase the effectiveness of European preparedness and response efforts.

  New tool for monitoring security at EU's borders
EU Member States need intelligent and efficient systems for the surveillance of the Union's external border. An EU-funded project is working to deliver an automated mobile surveillance support system that can be deployed rapidly to keep track of cross-border activity.

  Helping law enforcement to use innovative technologies
Effective law enforcement is a prerequisite for the proper functioning of our society. An EU-funded network is enabling law-enforcement practitioners to stay informed, engage, connect and collaborate with one another, to hone and improve their practices.

  Smart surveillance promises fast, efficient crime-busting
Using innovative, compact and power-efficient sensor technology, EU-funded researchers are working on smart surveillance that could transform the fight against rural and urban crime.

  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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