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Research Headlines - Novel computational models to predict and prevent the next financial crisis

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT

(image) EU-funded researchers have developed novel mathematical models and tools to better prepare financial markets for the unexpected, addressing many of the shortfalls of classical modelling approaches that dramatically failed to predict the 2008 financial crisis.

Research Headlines - Sea snail poison promises new medicines

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

(image) EU-funded researchers have uncovered how venomous sea snails manufacture organic molecules with important applications in treatments for pain relief and diabetes. This basic research also offers unexpected, new insights into the field of cell biology.

Research Headlines - A mission to control space junk and asteroids

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An EU-funded research network has studied the threat of space junk and asteroids, helping to minimise their risks and better protect our planet, satellites and spaceships from potentially catastrophic hits.

Research Headlines - Better drug design: bioengineering and chemical synthesis duo

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) The EU-funded SWEETOOLS project aims to improve our understanding of the role of sugars in human biology. Exploring optimised versions of biosynthesised proteins combined with chemically synthesised drugs could help the development of novel biomedicines and vaccines targeting, for example, influenza.

Research Headlines - The precise nature of CERN’s planned 50-km particle beam

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) The next generation of particle colliders will demand unprecedented precision in the alignment of their components. EU-funded researchers have pushed the limits with new techniques for the accurate positioning of scientific equipment.

Research Headlines - Stellar careers emerging from black holes

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Astrophysics is where the stars meet their makers, literally and perhaps metaphorically too, as young researchers in an EU-funded project have boosted their careers delving into the origins, behaviour and evolution of black holes. The project has led to new tools and discoveries about how matter is treated in space and time - keeping Europe at the forefront of space research.

Research Headlines - New microscope technologies light up vital medical research

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) New photonic microscopes, systems and techniques developed within the EU-backed PHOQUS project are shining a light on vital medical research bringing life sciences and physics closer together. Findings will have direct applications in medicine, especially for better disease diagnosis.

Research Headlines - The Higgs boson, and beyond

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) With the discovery of the Higgs particle, our understanding of the building blocks of everything we see around us was finally confirmed. But this type of matter is only part of what appears to exist in the universe, and the Higgs boson offers a window to this new world. EU-funded research is helping to pave the way for new breakthroughs.

Research Headlines - Fast signal and data processing from deep space to medicine

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) From wireless medical imaging devices to a camera for a telescope, an EU-funded cross-disciplinary network of physicists and engineers has advanced pioneering signal and data processing solutions while training the next generation of researchers in frontier areas of fundamental and applied science.

Research Headlines - Sharper focus on gravitational waves

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) The detection of gravitational waves in 2015 provided groundbreaking information about the Universe. Building on this discovery, EU-funded scientists have now detected waves at three observatories, a first in astrophysics, making it possible to locate the signals’ origin and better apply the data they provide.

Research Headlines - Cloud particle study improves accuracy of climate models

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Clouds play a key role in cooling the Earth's surface through dispersing rain and reflecting sunlight back into space. Through studying the role of secondary aerosol particles in cloud formation, EU-funded researchers hope to help sharpen future climate projections based on global models.

Research Headlines - 'Green chemistry' for pharmaceuticals

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) An EU-funded project is exploring techniques to produce key ingredients required for pharmaceuticals through more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly processes.

Research Headlines - On-board processor 'survival kit' for deep space

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Space exploration demands high performance on-board computers with low power requirements that can survive the rigours of aggressive radiation. The EU-funded APEX project has developed the advanced technologies needed to design an ultra-reliable processor for future space missions as far away as Saturn and Jupiter.

Research Headlines - Cracking the shell secret to help shellfish farmers

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Shellfish are a significant source of food, yet we know very little about how they make their shells and how environmental factors affect them. The EU-funded CACHE project is finding out how shellfish produce their shells, how this production varies according to their environment, and what this means for the future of shellfish farming.

Success Stories - The Geological Clock Of Volcanoes

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) The volcano is one of the most powerful representations of nature, it can change territories and subsequently the history of human kind. Knowing its behaviour during an eruption is essential in order to understand its evolution.

Success Stories - Dyed without waste

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) A factory in Belgium specialises in dyeing fabrics. Every year around 12,000 kilometres of textile materials are dyed. And for that, millions of litres of water are needed. After use, the water is full of colorants, chemicals and salts.

Research Headlines - Unique training at physics-maths-life sciences interface

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) A group of 15 early-stage researchers are receiving training at the interface between physics, applied mathematics and life sciences, providing them with unique skills of value to both industry and academia. The knowledge gained will be integrated to create a single software package.

Research Headlines - Preserving sponge grounds in the North Atlantic

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) EU-funded research into North Atlantic sponge grounds aims to discover unique sponge ecosystems. This should improve understanding of such ecosystems functioning, help predict threats, ensure their sustainable use and assess their links to human well-being.

Research Headlines - Scientists get closer to natural blue pigment

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Demand for natural pigments in the cosmetic and food industry is high, but most blue pigments used in cosmetics and food are still artificial. THE EU-funded BIOVADIA project increased understanding of marennine, the blue pigment in blue diatoms. Research continues and could eventually feed into diverse applications, including use of the pigment and diatoms in cosmetics, medicine and agriculture.

Research Headlines - Model approach to organic fish farming

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Organic aquaculture production is much in demand, but some traditional fish farmers may need guidance on how to make the switch. The ECOFISH project is developing a model and guide that provide just that, helping to set producers on the path to sustainability and added value.

Success Stories - 'Electric' bacteria can purify sewage water - fast

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT

(image) Harnessing bacteria that produce electricity and break down organic waste, a European research project is developing a new, environmentally friendly way to purify sewage water in small communities.