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From earthquakes to unrest: new platform boosts community resilience in a crisis
"It's very rare that computer scientists think about the definition of 'resilience', or get to work with the users of a tool," says Shadrock Roberts of the Kenyan non-profit social enterprise Ushahidi, a partner in the COMRADES project. But this is precisely what happened when a diverse consortium of researchers got together to create a platform to support community resilience during a crisis. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 23, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

New software to help EU dredging industry stay strong
An EU-funded project has developed simulation software in a bid to save money and reduce the impact dredging has on the built environment. Being able to simulate water and soil interactions is a game changer for Europe's EUR 7 billion industry which provides jobs for a quarter of a million people. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 22, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Don't leave randomness to chance - get certified
What do we mean by randomness? EU-funded researchers have come up with new insights into the nature of randomness that could ultimately have application in fields as diverse as lotteries and cryptography. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 18, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Greening aluminium production
Aluminium is a vital material. Yet its production consumes vast amounts of raw materials and energy. An EU-funded project has developed waste-ore recycling processes and power-saving furnaces that could shrink the industry's environmental footprint while increasing its long-term competitiveness. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 18, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Ensuring data privacy in the cloud
Cloud computing infrastructure is critical to the modern economy, but its increasingly widespread use for storing and processing sensitive personal data is raising privacy and security fears. An EU-funded consortium is redesigning cloud architectures to put privacy at the heart of distributed data management. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 17, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A more efficient way of designing proteins
Thanks to the algorithms that are being developed by an EU-funded project, scientists have an easier time finding the information they need to more efficiently design new proteins that can be used, for example, in the development of new medicines. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 16, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Turning waste into wastewater treatment
Water scarcity in the Mediterranean, South America, Africa... It is a growing global problem, as climate change pressure mounts and inefficiencies in water use and treatment continue, particularly in water-intensive industries. An EU-backed team - working with international partners - has developed an innovative, low-cost inorganic wastewater treatment using agricultural and industrial leftovers. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 15, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

How to build a large spacecraft
Need to retrieve a few tonnes of cargo from Mars? Send some seriously heavy gear into deep space? Fly out sufficient mass to deflect an asteroid? Current spacecraft would not be nearly big or powerful enough, say EU-funded researchers who have looked into a possible next-generation design based on nuclear electric propulsion. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 14, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Delivering cost-effective clean energy to consumers
EU-funded research is ensuring that new policy tools supporting the renewable energy sector - such as auctions - deliver on their promise to provide cost-efficient, carbon-free energy for consumers, helping Europe meet its environmental and economic targets. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

New light on sub-Saharan nutrition research
Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa still suffer from high rates of malnutrition, despite international efforts to address the issue. An EU-funded project brought together African researchers and stakeholder organisations to define research priorities that could improve results and strengthen the continent's capacity in this field. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Challenging gender stereotypes in science
By developing gender-inclusive guidelines and criteria for schools, museums, science centres and industry, an EU-funded project aims to attract more young people, especially girls, to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 8, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Improving testing and repair of oil and gas pipelines
Novel testing and maintenance methods for oil and gas pipelines developed by EU-funded researchers are helping to ensure the reliability and safety of the extensive pipeline networks that are critical to Europe's energy security. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Sweeping up space junk
An EU-funded project developed and commercialised an innovative device for safely removing so-called space junk, inoperable and defunct satellites and other debris cluttering up Earth's orbit. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 7, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Banking on construction materials for eco-benefits
Building materials produce a significant volume of waste which, in turn, creates a sizeable environmental impact. EU-funded research and innovation is exploring how the construction sector can embrace the circular economy, as well as increase the reuse and recycling of materials, components and building functionalities. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Fighting crime and terrorism with voice recognition
Voice-recognition technology can play a valuable part in preventing and solving crimes, including terrorist acts. The EU-funded project SIIP is developing software to reliably identify speakers in legally intercepted phone calls and social media. The database will be accessible to enforcement authorities through Interpol. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Assistive technology offers a helping hand
An EU co-funded research network is working on pioneering assistive technologies which can support independent living and enable choice among those diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, in a bid to improve their quality of life. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 4, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Digitally enhanced networks for optimal crisis management
How can new technologies be used most effectively in crisis response? How can responders be better coordinated, damage mitigated and lives saved? An EU-funded project has sought to answer those questions and many more through far-reaching research into networked crisis management. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Tackling the growing menace of forest wildfires
Researchers from Europe and Australia have joined forces to improve our understanding of forest wildfires. The EU-funded project promises to deliver new knowledge and develop software tools that will help emergency services deal with wildfires more effectively. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

What now for the EU and Turkey?
The EU and Turkey each face internal, regional and global challenges. The EU-funded FEUTURE project is examining the dynamics of these challenges. Its recommendations will help policymakers make informed decisions on future relations between the EU and Turkey. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

New online tools to shine light on public spending
Corruption in public spending wastes taxpayers' money and erodes trust in governments. The EU-funded project DIGIWHIST aims to make public procurement more efficient and transparent with online tools that use big data and empower citizens to report abuses. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 3, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Marginalised indigenous youth, a story that resonates
An EU-funded research project is using state-of-the-art visual data and co-mapping exercises to better understand the impact of social exclusion and displacement among marginalised indigenous youth in Santiago, Chile. A better understanding of their lives could feed into programmes to better meet their needs and expectations. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Anti-mosquito innovation boosts malaria battle
In the long-running fight against malaria in Africa, current anti-mosquito measures are reaching their limits. An EU-funded project has developed new ways to protect people and prevent the spread of the potentially fatal disease. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Advanced 3D models improve breast cancer detection
An EU-funded project is developing advanced three-dimensional computational and physical models of breast tumours, providing the medical community with powerful new instruments to tackle breast cancer. The initiative will reveal the possibilities for improved diagnostic techniques for detecting a disease that affects one in eight women in Europe at some point in their lives. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

From divergence to dialogue about historical memory
Almost 140 years after the Russian-Ottoman War, an EU-funded project aimed to bridge the divide between contradictory national memories of the conflict that continue to stir political, social and cultural controversy across Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - May 2, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A leap forward in shipping safety
Inspired by aviation practices in 'resilience engineering', an award-winning EU-funded project has developed technology transfer methodology, a 'Procedure Improvement System', aviation style checklists, training modules and a 'Resilience Assessment Tool' to boost safety and crew preparedness in the maritime sector. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 30, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A breath of FRESH AIR for tackling lung diseases
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death worldwide, particularly in low-income settings. EU-funded researchers are working to improve outcomes for populations across the world by ensuring the implementation of best practice based on scientific evidence. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 30, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Multi-scale modelling for smarter, greener traffic management
An EU-funded project is laying the foundations for next-generation urban traffic management systems that are capable of intelligently anticipating congestion, rather than simply reacting to it. Using innovative modelling techniques and smart city technologies, the research promises to make trips faster while reducing urban transport’s environmental impact. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 30, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Taking a fresh look at airport operations
This article provides a sample of just some of these innovative projects. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 27, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Opening up international opportunities for Irish researchers
EU-funded project INSPIRE supported 50 experienced researchers from Ireland who undertook projects at universities across the globe, advancing both scientific knowledge and their careers. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 26, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Cost-cutting software facilitates 'talk' between digital devices
An EU and industry-funded project has built ground-breaking software that automates communication between Internet-enabled digital devices, potentially cutting engineering costs by up to 75 % or more. The software is already in use across Europe, saving consumers money and benefitting the environment. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 26, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Building better internal processors
From cars and planes to medical scanners, many features of modern life rely on multiple internal electronic systems. At the same time, the availability of multi-core computing platforms is a breakthrough for system and application integration. The ARTEMIS/ECSEL-JU and industry co-funded project EMC2 has developed tools to run real-time applications of mixed criticality into multi-core computing systems which increase efficiency while maintaining safety and function. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 26, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Bio-based materials for aircraft
EU-funded researchers are developing eco-friendly bio-based materials for aircraft. Collaboration with researchers in China and the aviation industry will see these materials replace traditional high-carbon footprint, non-recyclable materials in planes. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 26, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

An effective vaccine for the deadliest malaria
EU-funded researchers are using the latest vaccine technologies and antigen discovery tools to develop a multi-stage, multi-antigen vaccine against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for the deadliest form of malaria. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 25, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Fresh search for a vaccine against malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax
Hundreds of millions of people each year are infected with Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of malaria worldwide. An EU-funded project is tackling the mosquito-borne parasite, leading cutting-edge research efforts to accelerate the development of effective vaccines. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 25, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Clean, quiet hybrid electric aircraft take flight
Hybrid and electric vehicles are increasingly common on Europe's roads. Now similar clean and quiet technologies are taking to the skies, thanks to an EU-funded project developing and testing innovative aircraft propulsion systems. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 25, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

More efficient plane engines ready for take-off
An EU-funded project is advancing technology that will enable new, more fuel-efficient and quieter aircraft engines to take to the skies. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 24, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

A new aircraft propulsion system to cut CO2 emissions
Air traffic volumes are projected to double by the mid-2030s, with CO2 emissions from aircraft expected to do likewise without new fuel-efficient aircraft entering the market. EU-funded researchers are exploring a propulsion method to reduce fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions - good for the environment and the industry's competitiveness. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 24, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Helping businesses improve through smarter maintenance systems
Well-thought-out maintenance of a physical system, whether it is a factory or a wind turbine, can add value to a business. Now the EU, ECSEL Participating States and industry-funded research is helping to introduce a new approach to maintenance technology. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 23, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Smart road studs guide drivers to safety
Since their invention in the 1930s, reflective road studs have helped drivers stay safe at night. EU-funded research has now demonstrated that upgrading such devices with smart energy-saving technology has the potential to save lives. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 23, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Keeping track of ocean plastic
EU-funded research is developing advanced modelling tools to help assess the full extent of the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and how it is affecting the marine environment. The tools will help policymakers design targeted measures to address a big and growing issue. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 20, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Zero-emissions ferry skims the waves
It's sleek. It's fast. It's green, and that's not just the colour of the hull. EU-funded researchers have developed an award-winning battery electric commuter ferry that can reach up to 30 knots - an impressive speed, which many had deemed unattainable for such a vessel. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 20, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Attributing extreme weather to man-made climate change
EU-funded researchers have developed a sophisticated modelling system capable of gauging the influence of man-made climate change on extreme weather wreaking havoc around the globe, from heat waves and droughts to floods and storm surges. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 19, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Innovative rotor sail to cut commercial shipping carbon emissions
One of the world's most environmentally friendly passenger ships is harnessing the wind for propulsion, cutting CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, thanks to the installation of an innovative rotor sail developed by an EU-funded project. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 18, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Clean Sky 2 - the largest research programme for aviation ever launched in Europe
It develops innovative, cutting-edge technologies aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft, for incorporation into the next generations of aircraft from 2025 onwards. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 17, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Tapping the full potential of Europe's health data
An EU and industry-funded project is helping researchers tap into Europe's treasure trove of electronic health data, saving them time and money in their quest to cure and develop better drugs for debilitating diseases. The effort has already led to promising findings linked to Alzheimer's and obesity. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 17, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

High-tech filter designs... this way for clean water!
New high-tech filter designs and technology developed by EU-funded researchers for use in salt-water purifiers could solve one of the most intractable problems on the planet - providing clean, affordable drinking water to millions who lack access. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 16, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Making less common EU languages more accessible
An EU-funded project has developed a cost-efficient, high-quality machine translation tool for less widely spoken European languages such as Croatian, facilitating communication and helping smaller companies enter new markets. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 16, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Exposing Paraguay's complex social history of ethnic groups
An EU-funded project narrated the social tensions between Paraguay's different ethnic groups through the history of a tannin factory - the first to hire indigenous people. It aimed to foster discussion on the current and future socio-political situation in the former Spanish colony. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 16, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

High-tech filter designs … this way for clean water!
New high-tech filter designs and technology developed by EU-funded researchers for use in salt-water purifiers could solve one of the most intractable problems on the planet - providing clean, affordable drinking water to millions who lack access. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 16, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Trialling tailored treatments for colorectal cancer
An EU-funded project completing pan-European clinical trials on a molecular approach to bowel cancer diagnosis and treatment marks a further step towards personalised and better medical care for patients - potentially saving lives. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - April 13, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news