Solving the sand challenge for desert railways
EU-funded researchers are developing solutions to shelter train tracks from wind-blown sand, combining architectural, engineering and mathematical modelling innovations to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and protect billions of euros’ worth of railway infrastructure. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 15, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Fast, effective treatment for autoimmune rheumatic diseases
Autoimmune rheumatic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and scleroderma are debilitating and occasionally life-threatening. An EU and industry-funded project aims to improve treatment by getting the right therapies to the right patients, fast. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Community-based techniques to tackle obesity
Obesity - a leading cause of preventable illness and death - has soared in Europe in recent decades. Analysis by EU-funded researchers has helped identify integrated, community-based approaches to tackle the problem. The findings could foster new ways to save lives and cut healthcare costs. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Caring for the mental health of young carers
Thousands of children across Europe care for a sick or elderly relative, potentially to the detriment of their schooling, social development and mental health. A pioneering EU-funded project will provide much-needed support for this largely unrecognised group of young people. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 10, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Using smartphones to tackle teenage depression
EU-funded researchers are turning teenagers' ever-ready smartphones into a pioneering tool to prevent anxiety and depression, revolutionising access to effective, scalable and personalised digital mental healthcare. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 10, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Remote monitoring boost for long-term patients
Patients with long-term medical conditions, such as depression, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, need regular monitoring, but having to visit the clinic frequently for tests can be a problem. An EU- and industry-funded project is aiming to implement real-time, on-demand monitoring through remote assessment, to potentially improve patient experience and outcomes and increase clinical efficiency. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 9, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

The ECHR and human rights violations against Kurds in Turkey
As the Turkish state continues to violate human rights in its Kurdish regions, the EU-funded DEMTUREUROPE project explores why the European Court of Human Rights is proving ineffective. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 9, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Better integration for a stronger Europe
Diversity is a sign of a healthy, democratic society, but ensuring that minorities are integrated into society is a challenge for policymakers. The EU-funded INTEGRIM programme has built a solid research foundation to develop evidence-based policies for social cohesion as people migrate and mix across Europe. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Schiller - a philosopher who deserves greater recognition
Though best known as a poet and playwright, Friedrich Schiller was also an accomplished philosopher. An EU-funded project is raising the status of his philosophical work. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 5, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

History of Black Sea region drives research collaborations
An EU-funded project is delving into the past to stimulate future research and knowledge exchange between Europe and the Black Sea region. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Vaccines, and their benefits beyond immunisation
How do vaccination programmes influence child survival in low-income countries? Protection against the targeted illness is not the only aspect to consider, according to an EU-funded project that explored associated outcomes known as 'non-specific effects'. The research focused on public health interventions in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Guinea-Bissau. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Taming the tsunami of mobile data
Data drives the internet as we know it. Getting it from one place to another, fast and unfettered, is one of the greatest challenges facing networks as the growth in video and other heavy applications show no signs of abating. European and Taiwanese network experts joined forces to prepare for the coming data tsunami by better integrating the front-and back-end mobile systems to deliver smoother, faster, cheaper 'crosshaul' solutions. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Funding for young scientists advances medical research
International mobility fosters scientific exchange, a key element in advances in all areas of the life sciences. An EU-funded project supports this by awarding bursaries to postdoctoral scientists for research and training abroad - boosting Europe's capacity to make groundbreaking advances in medical research. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 1, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Rebuilding young lives with cell-free heart valves
Various options exist for the replacement of failing heart valves. However, none of the conventional ones are particularly well suited to persons in their teens or twenties, say EU-funded researchers who have developed an innovative solution to boost such patients' chances of leading normal lives. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 28, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Beating immune reactions for healthier heart valve implants
Existing data suggest that immune reactions reduce the lifespan of animal-derived heart valves implanted in cardiac patients. An EU-funded project discovered how to overcome this limitation, to produce valves with improved biocompatibility and novel immunological strategies that will benefit younger patients in particular. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 28, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Smarter strategies to treat atrial fibrillation
An innovative smartphone app developed in an EU-funded project is helping doctors provide thousands of heart patients across Europe with better, more personalised treatment for atrial fibrillation - a major cause of stroke, dementia, heart failure and premature death. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 27, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Predicting Atlantic Ocean and climate changes... new insights
European researchers joined forces with Atlantic African counterparts to explore the impacts of ocean changes on weather patterns, marine ecosystems and the wider socio-economic consequences for the region. Their findings uncover new thinking and calculations for wind, currents, and other factors in accurately modelling sea surface temperatures. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 26, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Making the most of mathematical modelling
Powerful mathematical modelling and simulation systems are being made accessible to all by an EU-funded project that is driving innovation aimed at addressing societal and environmental challenges. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 25, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Blue e-infrastructure to inform blue growth policy
Without a clear view of marine resources and environments, efforts to derive sustainable growth from the seas cannot fully succeed. An EU-funded project has developed virtual labs for research relevant to policy aimed at activating untapped economic potential in a sustainable manner and stimulating job creation in the marine and maritime sectors. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 24, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Making sense of commitment
An EU-funded project is exploring what keeps people committed to a task even when they get bored, distracted or are tempted to stop. The findings could foster productivity-boosting strategies, improve robot-human interactions and even help treat borderline personality disorder. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 21, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

An integrated response to food-borne disease
Human welfare is closely linked to the health of animals and the environment. An EU-funded joint research programme has been created to align developments in medicine, veterinary science and consumer health protection to tackle food-borne health threats in a more integrated way across Europe. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 20, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Big data solutions for big farming challenges
Vast volumes of data from satellites in space, drones in the air and sensors on the ground will be harnessed by a pioneering EU-funded project that promises to revolutionise farming, land use, agricultural sustainability and food security. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 19, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Soil study digs deep to improve land management
Our soil is a vital environmental resource which is increasingly coming under threat. EU-funded research is assessing the impact of soil degradation on a range of ecosystem services to find ways of protecting and restoring soils across Europe. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 18, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Protecting the rights of intersex people
An EU-funded project has made recommendations to protect the rights of intersex people and prevent unnecessary, non-consensual medical interventions. This could strengthen European efforts to support sexual minorities. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 17, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Coming soon... a new app for independent hotels
Home2nite is where the hospitality industry meets mobile technology. A new app is designed to give Europe's independent hotels a smart advantage over the big chains in improving customer experience. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Keeping captured carbon dioxide safely locked away
Storing man-made carbon dioxide deep underground is a promising intermediate solution for tackling climate change. An EU-funded project has developed innovative techniques to help ensure the potent greenhouse gas stays safely locked up. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Early warning for widespread and deadly diseases
EU-funded researchers are applying innovative techniques to detect early-warning signs of some of the most widespread and deadly diseases in Europe, enabling underlying health conditions to be treated sooner and more effectively, and ultimately saving lives. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 12, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Shaping the future of Europe's energy policy
The transition toward clean, efficient and secure energy will require more than just technological innovation. An EU-funded project is applying research insights from across the social sciences and humanities to help guide European energy policy. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Reliable climate data to support research
An EU-funded project is bringing insights from metrology - measurement science - to bear on observation of the Earth's climate from space. This could improve understanding of the climate and help predict changes to it, furthering European efforts in this field. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 6, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Controlling light at the nanoscale thanks to graphene
Graphene, an atomically thin lattice of carbon, has many exceptional properties. An EU-funded project is developing ways to use this unique nanomaterial efficiently in novel optical technologies with potential applications in medical imaging, biosensing, signal processing and computing. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 5, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Mathematical modellers focus on mouse lens
EU-funded researchers have created the first-ever full simulation of the growth of the lens within the eye of a mouse. It has given insights into how the lens develops and the formation of cataracts. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Boosting the fight against drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals
An EU- and industry-funded project has built an extensive public-private network to speed up the development of treatments to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause infections in intensive care units, helping address a major issue for hospitals. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Lightening the load for car makers
EU-funded researchers have developed and tested an innovative new method for producing tailor-made steel parts of variable thickness and shape. This could hugely benefit car manufacturers interested in incorporating flexible lightweight components in future designs - reducing costs and boosting their competitiveness. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 30, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A superconductive breakthrough for wind energy
The world's first superconducting wind turbine will be installed this year off the coast of Denmark - a landmark achievement by an EU-funded project that is set to revolutionise the wind-energy industry through the deployment of lighter, more cost efficient and more potent generators. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 29, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Enzyme discovery could boost biofuel production
EU-funded researchers have discovered a new family of enzymes able to break down wood into its chemical components. The findings may lead to more efficient production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals derived from biomass. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 28, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Empowering citizens through science
An EU-funded project is organising a multitude of events across Europe to actively involve citizens in science. The aim is to motivate people from all walks of life to explore and create solutions for a more sustainable future. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 27, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Faster, cheaper chemical reactions in miniature
Microfluidic bioreactors allow chemical reactions to take place on a very small scale, saving time, money and materials. An EU-funded project has developed microfluidic bioreactor technologies that could lead to a wide range of applications, including innovative medicines. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 24, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Researchers target quantum breakthroughs
An EU-funded network is carrying out cutting-edge research that could lead to pioneering commercial applications such as ultra-powerful quantum computers, helping to position Europe at the forefront of technological innovation. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 23, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

EU-Africa... Time to unwrap compatible biobanking!
As more and more people travel and global warming paves the way for diseases to spread, human health and welfare are no longer the preserve of single countries, regions or even continents. European researchers teamed up with African partners to bridge the gap in biomedical research and biobanking practices between the regions. Its biobank-in-a-box is now ready to be unwrapped. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 22, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Fellowships get researchers and technology moving
An EU-funded programme is bringing researchers from across the world to universities and SMEs in Belgium. The aim is to encourage technology transfer, stimulate innovation and develop careers in a range of sectors key to economic growth - including aeronautics and space, agro-food, biotechnology and chemicals. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 21, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Colloids made to order
Industries from food to pharmaceuticals rely on understanding the unique properties of colloidal materials. An EU-funded training network is equipping young researchers with the know-how needed to design new colloids for new purposes - with potential competitive benefits to industry. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 20, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Neurodiversity - understanding the legal and social impacts
Are neurological conditions like Asperger's syndrome and autism the new frontier of inequality and discrimination? The EU-funded NEDBELS project is investigating the legal and social challenges society faces if it is to be more inclusive of those with such neurological disorders - a concept known as 'neurodiversity'. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 17, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Museums strengthen links between Europe and the Americas
An EU-funded project is exploring the cultural, scientific and social dimensions of Europe4s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through the study of museums. This should preserve community heritage and support EU-LAC cooperation. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 16, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Electric cars: fast forward with plastic battery rack
Could the battery racks in electric cars be greener? Lighter? More affordable, and easier to assemble? Significant gains could be achieved and could help the deployment of such vehicles pick up the pace, say EU-funded researchers who have developed sophisticated housing made of plastic rather than metal. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

The making of more women entrepreneurs
An EU-funded project has developed an education and training programme to help more women in Europe successfully start their own businesses. This could support EU efforts to encourage female entrepreneurship, creating jobs and economic growth. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Innovation chain for next-gen buildings
As the building industry looks for new ways to harness advances in digital technology, talented young designers, architects, engineers and IT specialists are earning accolades for their innovative approach to this fast-moving industrial sector. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 10, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Molecular machines to green industry
An EU-funded project is developing potent molecular machines that could cut the costs and environmental impact of industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing and energy. This could bolster EU efforts to promote cleaner industrial processes. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 9, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Enabling young researchers to pursue careers in biomedicine
An EU-funded project is enabling young European biomedical researchers to organise annual scientific symposia, career days and outreach activities. The aim is to connect them with prominent scientists and give them the skills and experience to advance their own careers. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Transforming heavy vehicles for more energy-efficient freight
An EU-funded research project has developed innovations in truck and semi-trailer design that could increase energy efficiency by up to 25 %, supporting the EU's goal of improving the sustainability of Europeean transport sector. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Promoting research integrity for a bright scientific future
An EU-funded project reveals the important role that research institutions must play to promote and support research integrity and ensure continued public trust in science. It has created educational tools to help overcome the challenges to integrity. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - August 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news