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Researchers design the pedagogical model of the latest European innovations in online education

Δευ, 30/06/2014 - 09:13

Researchers from the University of Oviedo participate in an ambitious European project that focuses on the design and development of innovation in the methodology and technological tools used for the Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC). The project aims at reaching more than 50,000 teachers throughout Europe and includes the participation of universities and enterprises.

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EU-Project, FORTRESS, is developing Foresight Tools for Responding to cascading effects in a crisis

Δευ, 30/06/2014 - 09:11

The main challenge in pan-European disaster management is dealing with inter-organisational and cross-border cascading effects. In order to meet this challenge, the European Commission has funded the FORTRESS project (FOResight Tools for REsponding to caScading effects) with a grant of over 3 Million euros under the 7th Framework Programme (grant agreement no: 607579). FORTRESS is a three-year project that begun in April 2014.

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Researchers Developing Online Visualisation Tool to Support Decision Makers in Tackling Vector Borne Diseases

Δευ, 30/06/2014 - 09:07

An online visualisation tool is currently being developed to support decision makers in taking site specific intervention measures to mitigate the risk of outbreaks and transmission of water-related vector-borne diseases (VBDs) in eastern Africa.

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Forecasting pollen in the atmosphere

Δευ, 30/06/2014 - 09:06

People suffering from pollen allergy may benefit from efforts to model pollen levels across Europe. But actual observations and personalised data are also essential.

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Testing nano materials to build consumer confidence

Δευ, 30/06/2014 - 09:04

Engineered nano materials (ENM) are being used more and more in a variety of commercial products. Because of their unique properties and applications, ENM offer the promise of immense technological and economic benefits to industry and consumers. However, there is also concern that some of these properties may be harmful to humans.

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Sopcawind, a multidisciplinary tool for designing wind farms

Σάβ, 21/06/2014 - 13:22

The UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country is developing a software that analyses potential interference that wind farms may have on telecommunications

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Smart design and nanotechnology to cut aircraft operational costs

Σάβ, 21/06/2014 - 13:21

Continuous innovation in aircraft design has led to fuel savings, noise reductions and lower fares for passengers by making flights more efficient. Now an EU-funded project aims to take Europe's aircraft industry to the next level by combining smart new design techniques to further cut development time and costs.

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Cutting-edge research on non-food biofuels

Πέμ, 19/06/2014 - 09:57

Biofuels are playing an increasingly important role in our energy mix - between 2008 and 2010, the volume of biofuels consumed in the EU increased by 39 %. However, there is concern over the impact on sustainability and on biodiversity of some biofuels, particularly in relation to changes in indirect land use. Consequently, policymakers are increasingly interested in biofuels from woody plants that can grow on land unsuitable for agriculture.

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Nurturing social innovation to reduce food waste

Τετ, 18/06/2014 - 08:29

Innovation for more sustainable food systems is not just about improving food technology and communication activities. Social innovation also has a powerful role to play, according to Sophie Easteal of the FP7-funded FUSIONS (Food Use for Social Innovation by Optimising Waste Prevention Strategies) project who spoke at Green Week in Brussels earlier this month.

Speaking on behalf of WRAP in the UK, one of FUSIONS' 21 project partners, Sophie presented how the project is working towards achieving a more resource efficient Europe by significantly reducing food waste.

EU-project applies green technologies to decontaminate soil

Τρί, 17/06/2014 - 09:33

Soil pollution causes severe environmental and economic impacts, as well as risks for the human health and ecosystems. The closure of mining and industrial facilities in many sites across Europe has revealed large amounts of contaminated land with uncertain future uses. Decontaminating and recovering such soil is a long, complex and expensive process, which places a large burden on enterprises or public administrations.

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EU-project develops state of the art of marine ecosystem modelling

Δευ, 16/06/2014 - 10:36

Phytoplankton and zooplankton biomass are expected to decrease by 6 % and 11 % respectively by the end of century due to climate change. This is just one of the conclusions drawn from the work of the EU-funded MEECE ('Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment) project that was recently published in the Global Change Biology Journal.

Trending science: A GM mosquito to eradicate malaria

Δευ, 16/06/2014 - 10:31

A new technique developed by researchers on the genetic modification of mosquitoes may make a vital contribution to eradicating malaria.

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Improving the health of Europe's fruit and veg industry

Δευ, 16/06/2014 - 10:25

Fruit and vegetables are not just good for your health; they also form the basis of a strong and sustainable European economic sector. Some 10 000 businesses - about 90 % of which are SMEs - are involved in fruit and vegetable processing, employing around 280 000 employees. In order to remain competitive in the face of foreign competition however, investment in new technology capable of improving quality and reducing waste is vital.

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A new methodology developed to monitor traffic flow

Δευ, 16/06/2014 - 10:17

The most recent edition of the scientific journal Transportation Research Part B has published the research conducted, amongst others, by Fermín Mallor of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre. The work has developed a new mathematical methodology to monitor traffic flow so that medium and long-term forecasts can be made.

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Direct current, another option to improve the electrical power transmission

Δευ, 16/06/2014 - 10:15

A UPV/EHU engineering group has optimized the technology for converting alternating current lines to direct current ones

Fighting resistance to antimalarial drug

Δευ, 16/06/2014 - 10:13

Next-generation antimalarial drugs are much needed to address resistance issues to current treatments. New strategies may work by interfering with the biology of the parasite causing the disease.

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Greener furnaces for energy intensive industries

Δευ, 16/06/2014 - 10:11

Energy-intensive industries play a crucial role in boosting Europe's growth and employment, but strong climate-related policies can undermine their competitiveness. New, cleaner technologies are needed, and an EU project recently managed to achieve just that.

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Back Pain: New Tools for Prevention

Παρ, 06/06/2014 - 09:44

Back pain is one of the most widespread chronic medical conditions in Europe and until recently disc degeneration was assumed to be the main cause of it. However, scientists have now shown that there is no direct causality between disc alteration and pain.

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Novel coronary stent materials reduce heart inflammation risk

Παρ, 06/06/2014 - 09:43

Tiny metal tubes called stents - which keep blood flowing through diseased coronary arteries by slowly releasing medication - have helped to save the lives of millions at risk of heart disease. Once inserted into arteries however, there is a small risk of a life-threatening complication called late stent thrombosis (ST). This occurs when the stent fills with blood clot and disrupts the blood supply.

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Climate Change, Meet Cyborg Plants

Τετ, 04/06/2014 - 08:31

We tend to think of plants as being the first victims of pollution and climate change. But thanks to an FP7 research project, crops, forests and even the plants in your back garden could be fighting back.

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