Producing clean energy from thin air? Yes, it is possible
An EU-funded research team has developed an efficient process to produce energy from CO2 - an innovation that could help Europe make the switch to a more sustainable, competitive economy. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 17, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Sniffing out cancer is as easy as breathing
A team of EU-funded researchers has developed an accurate and non-invasive way to detect cancer through a person's breath. The hand-held sensor can be used by anyone without medical supervision in combination with their smart phone. Tests reveal the accuracy of the sensor is about 93 %. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 15, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Oral poetry as an expression of the creativity we all share
Are you creative? It would be surprising if you were not: it is human nature to find new ways of looking at things, even if we are not all gifted in the arts. EU-funded research into oral poetry has concluded that the mechanisms driving verbal creativity are universal - although the novelties it shapes are culturally dependent. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 13, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Reach for the sky for greener energy
What if a child's toy inspired an alternative to fixed wind turbines? An EU-funded project has developed a low-cost, highly productive 'kite' generator. Now nearing commercialisation, it could offer sustainable power to remote communities or people on the move. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 10, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Tackling tinnitus with innovative and individualised therapies
Tinnitus, the perception of hearing noise when no external sound is present, affects more than 40 million people across Europe. Many could benefit from an EU-funded project that is exploring innovative personalised solutions to quieten the often debilitating and chronic condition. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 8, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Food waste as feedstock for 3D printed bioplastics
An EU and industry-funded project is converting extracts of lemon rinds, almond husks and corn by-products into sustainably sourced car parts and building components, replacing fossil-based plastics, protecting the environment and growing the circular economy. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - January 6, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Healthier bivalves, healthier shellfish industry
Oysters, mussels, clams... marine molluscs are valued as tasty sources of nutrients. They are also valuable sources of income for many regions. EU-funded research is developing new knowledge and innovative techniques to help tackle diseases that can affect the health of bivalves and the livelihoods of producers as well as consumer health. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 19, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Guidebook to shape language policy in multilingual Europe
An EU-funded project has transformed cutting-edge research about multilingual societies into a handbook designed to guide MPs, MEPs and civil servants as they shape Europe's future language policies. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 17, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Fastest random number generator could cut energy bills
EU-funded researchers have devised a robust and ultra-fast method of generating random numbers that promises to revolutionise the speed and efficiency of computer simulations in applications ranging from particle physics to radiotherapy. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 12, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Bringing AI-powered cybersecurity to the general consumer
An EU-funded project has enabled companies to offer cybersecurity as a low-cost subscription service, boosting protection from hackers by using artificial intelligence. This could help consumers better safeguard personal data such as passwords and bank details. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 9, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Redesigning the internet to protect user privacy
When an American researcher imagined a new way to bolster internet privacy (an online system built on 'mix-nets' that would block eavesdroppers from accessing information about who was communicating with whom, and what they were saying), his vision remained on the fringe for decades. But now, an EU-funded project has invented a way to use his idea to protect Europeans' data online. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 5, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Sustainable energy - getting more from less
As the world relies more on renewable energy to limit climate change, an EU-funded project has produced insights into how nanotechnology could support cleaner power and promoted university-business links for targeted future innovation in this field. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 3, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Promoting peace beyond European borders
The EU's ability to maintain peace at home is widely celebrated. Now an EU-funded project is supporting the Union's civilian peacebuilding efforts in countries beyond its boundaries. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - December 2, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Creating sustainable value from used nappies
Disposable nappies, or diapers, are a hygienic time-saver - but one with an environmental impact. An EU and industry-funded project has developed collection and recycling systems that turn used nappies and similar products into profitable new materials for more sustainable use. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 27, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New blood for healthcare technology innovation
The potential for new advances drawing on medical physics and biomedical engineering is vast. Cross-disciplinary expertise is needed to unlock it for the benefit of society and industry, say the partners in an EU-funded network that is helping 15 young researchers to hone the required skills. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 25, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Power-hungry data centres to go on permanent diet
EU-funded researchers are on the verge of slashing the energy used by internet data centres to help cut CO2 emissions. By developing a model to optimise energy in real time, they aim to make the centres more efficient without affecting performance. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 22, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Pancreatic cancer test to offer life-saving early diagnosis
An innovative Swedish SME will soon launch a life-saving test for one of the most lethal and hard-to-detect forms of cancer. Clinically validated in an EU-funded project, the test could revolutionise the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, providing early detection with unprecedented accuracy, boosting patient survival rates and enabling widespread screening of high-risk groups. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 21, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Understanding food choices to create healthier eating habits
An EU-funded project is taking an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to improving our understanding of food choices. Knowledge gained will help policy-makers to 'nudge' people into eating more healthily, so reducing the incidence of food-intake disorders. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 19, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

A programme for prospective professors
Preparing for a career in academia? The opportunity to acquire training in areas as varied as ethics, writing and team management can help to pave the way, say the coordinators of an EU-funded programme that supported 29 promising postdocs. A follow-on project is under way. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 18, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Diabetes prevention: a family affair
Are you likelier than others to develop type 2 diabetes? Lifestyle changes could dramatically reduce the risk, but you may need advice and support to make them. EU-funded researchers are trialling an affordable way for healthcare systems to make effective assistance available across entire populations - with a little help from patients' families. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 14, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

A shared mouse-model network for disease research
An EU-funded project is integrating research resources and providing services to support access to specific mouse models for scientific investigation of the genetic foundations of human health and disease. The aim is to boost the translation of this knowledge into better treatments for patients. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 13, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Bio-pesticides to cut chemical use on farms
An EU-funded project developed new natural plant pest and disease control products that some farmers are already using on their farms. The aim is to reduce the use of chemicals to protect crops - a benefit for human health and the environment. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 12, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Benign-by-design approach to nano-innovation
EU-funded researchers have developed a fresh 'benign-by-design' approach to balancing the commercial and societal benefits of nanomaterial innovations and their environmental impacts, which are notoriously difficult to pinpoint. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 11, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

The hunt for better ways to use psychology to treat pain
EU-funded researchers studied the way attention affects how we perceive pain, in the hope of improving the performance of psychological methods for treating chronic pain for the millions of people around the world who suffer from it. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 7, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Novel nanostructures could make smartphones more efficient
EU-funded researchers and partners are pushing the boundaries of the laws of physics, developing nanocomposite materials and nanoelectronic circuits to greatly improve energy, thermal and computing performance. This could make smartphones and other electronics more efficient and boost the potential of solar power. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 6, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

The sensor that thinks for itself
EU-funded researchers have demonstrated a new type of biomedical sensor featuring embedded intelligence. The sensor measures ion concentrations but the computing principles have far-reaching implications for all kinds of biomedical and environmental sensing. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 31, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Tailoring smart homes to seniors and the disabled
EU-funded researchers have developed a hands-free, voice-controlled system for smart homes to facilitate and improve the day-to-day lives of seniors and the disabled, enabling them to operate appliances and go online without ever touching a device. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 30, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Decoding 'bubbles' from bodily fluids to diagnose disease
Miniscule messenger bubbles floating in all your bodily fluids could hold important insights into many complex diseases from Alzheimer's to heart disease - if they can be isolated, analysed and their messages decoded. An EU-funded researcher has made significant strides toward achieving that goal. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 29, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New drugs could reduce risk of stroke happening again
A wide-reaching EU-funded project is testing new anti-blood clotting treatment in patients who have suffered a brain haemorrhage. Researchers hope to reduce the risk of the patient suffering from another stroke, which would impair their quality of life and life expectancy. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 28, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

New treatment could reduce disability in severe stroke patients
A wide-reaching EU-funded clinical trial is testing thrombectomies for severe stroke patients. Researchers hope to show that the treatment - which is only currently available for those who have suffered less severe strokes - can also improve the lives of severe stroke patients. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 25, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Algorithm detects and avoids risks for driverless cars
Understanding how to make sure large numbers of fast-moving self-driving cars or flying robots operate in absolute safety is crucial. EU-funded researchers have figured out how, using a unique algorithm that keeps people safe from accidents or other potential disasters. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 24, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Bioenergy villages wave goodbye to fossil fuels
Seven communities in south-eastern Europe plan to install biomass-based district heating systems thanks to an EU-funded project designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and strengthen local economies. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 23, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Facilitating public procurement of bio-based innovation
How can public authorities help to advance the bioeconomy through their purchasing decisions? An EU-funded project has produced a handbook and tools for procurers to support a shift towards greater sustainability. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 22, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Unleashing the potential of climate services
Climate services can contribute substantially to climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, this market is still under development. Now EU-funded research is tackling the barriers restricting growth in these vital services. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 21, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Perovskites promise boost for solar power technology
An unexpected discovery by EU-funded researchers has opened up a new field of photovoltaic technology that promises a more efficient and economical way to convert solar energy into electrical power. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 18, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Transiting knowledge in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
EU-funded researchers are working with counterparts in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam to help all three Southeast Asian nations boost their transition economies, among the fastest growing in the world, by developing local skills and putting knowledge into practice. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 17, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

More sustainable approaches to production and consumption
An EU-funded project aims to develop and implement a circular economy approach for products and services which will get consumers more involved in design and production, supports sustainable consumption, increases recycling and reuse, and cuts waste. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 16, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Securing Europe's drinking water with satellite technology
An EU-funded project is developing in-water and satellite-based digital monitoring systems that can detect threats to Europe's drinking water supplies, improve water management and guard against dangerous water quality. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 15, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Moving wind farming into deeper waters
Installing wind turbines in deeper waters is an interesting proposition as wind speeds tend to be higher and more consistent further out to sea. An EU-funded project has built a new type of foundation for turbines that overcomes most of the technical challenges and reduces the cost of offshore installation. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 14, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Smart sensors will help feed growing world population
The EU-funded ANTARES project is developing smart sensor and big data technologies that will help farmers produce more with fewer inputs and put Europe at the vanguard of the digital revolution in agriculture. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 11, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

World-first test to reduce post-surgery risks to brain health
Any surgical procedure can be risky, especially for older people. To minimise the dangers, EU-funded researchers have developed the world's first personalised test to assess the risk of patients developing post-surgical sensory and cognitive disorders, allowing doctors to choose the safest treatment. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 10, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Lab-grown neurons pave way for precision medicine
Using neurons grown from stem cells, EU-funded researchers are revealing more about mutations that lead to autism, schizophrenia and intellectual disability which researchers hope will lead to new drug targets for personalised medicine. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 9, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Stopping the spiral from ADHD into depression and obesity
EU-funded researchers are investigating the causes and consequences of ADHD with the aim of improving the lives of patients and reducing their risk of developing linked disorders such as depression and obesity. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 8, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Cutting alcohol consumption in middle-income countries
WHO reports show that more than 3 million people died from alcohol-related illness in 2016, yet low-cost interventions to measure how much people drink can lead to major reductions in heavy consumption. The EU-funded SCALA project promises significant results by introducing some of these techniques in Latin America. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 4, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Smart solutions to alleviate urban congestion
An EU-funded project involving collaboration between top intelligent transport researchers has resulted in new developments in smart urban transport, support for emergency response vehicles and apps for smoother passenger transport across cities. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 3, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

A tiny battery solution with huge potential for Europe
Pioneering EU-funded research on new solid-state batteries is paving the way for tiny yet powerful batteries for safer and better space applications. Industry partners are advancing with plans to commercialise the thin-film energy-storage technologies and processes at the heart of the project. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 1, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

An app to keep elderly heart patients active and independent
Older people recovering from cardiac problems regularly miss out on life-changing rehabilitation. An EU-funded project has harnessed new technology to include this often-forgotten population. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 27, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

How data demystifies sudden cardiac arrest
Researchers have long struggled to study sudden cardiac arrests that take place outside of hospitals. An ongoing EU-funded project is harmonising research from across Europe to bring clarity to this complex disease. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 26, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Microcapsules promise long-lasting treatment for diabetes
Innovative biomedical technologies and biomaterials developed in an EU-funded project promise to improve the quality of life for millions of people suffering from type 1 diabetes, eliminating the need for regular insulin injections. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 25, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news

Designing organisms to process waste
The EU generates more than 600 million tonnes of plant-based waste every year, containing valuable compounds that could be used to produce chemicals which are currently derived from oil. EU-funded researchers have now designed a safe soil bacterium that could convert waste into useful products in a single step. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - September 24, 2019 Category: Research Source Type: news