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‘Earworm melodies with strange aspects’ – what happens when AI makes music

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Press release: Turning forest waste into an air freshener

Buildings in Spain and Estonia have been fitted with novel construction and insulation materials made from natural fibres and forest waste as part of an EU-funded project demonstrating innovative applications of biocomposites. These materials not only comply with building codes and boost sustainability but also reduce the risk of residents becoming sick. Full article…

Press release: New software creates opportunities for TWIP steel

EU-funded researchers have successfully demonstrated that a particular class of steel offers greater flexibility and strength for automotive part manufacturing. Using cutting-edge software analysis that is now commercially available, the project hopes to encourage the rollout of industrial-scale production of this promising material.

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Mapping the galaxy: To boldly go where no data miners have gone before

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Event: European Battery Cell R&I Workshop (Brussels, 11-12 January 2018)

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Event: Second Arctic Science Ministerial (Berlin, 25-26 October 2018)

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Going big with microalgae biotechnology

Sun, seawater and sewage: microalgae can thrive on feedstock that is freely available and the resulting biomass can be used to make high-value products such as biostimulants and biopesticides. But can this be done viably on a large scale? Let us demonstrate, say EU-funded researchers building an integrated biorefinery.
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Press Release: Creating high-value chemicals from waste

EU-funded researchers have developed new bio-processes to create high-value chemicals from the waste resulting from bio-diesel production. A true addition to the circular economy, their achievements promise a better and greener chemical industry.

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Press release: Extracting and recycling vital metals to tackle supply risk

Rare earths account for almost a third of the weight of magnets in electric vehicle motors. While this is thought to be their single largest use, they are also needed for camera and telescope lenses, catalytic converters, aircraft engines, welding and glassmaking visors, X-ray and MRI scanners, televisions and computer screens. Full article…

Press Release: ‘Future world’ scenarios to paint a clearer climate change picture

An EU-funded project’s ‘future world’ scenarios are informing the development of innovative tools and measures to help vulnerable communities plan for, and adapt to, the effects of global warming – such as increased flooding, wild fires and extreme weather. Full article…

Press Release: Pioneering citizen manifesto for secure, clean energy

An EU-funded research team has studied the impacts of economics, social cohesion, technology as well as geopolitical and environmental issues on secure and sustainable energy supplies in Europe. They developed a pioneering citizen manifesto for energy governance and the transition to reliable, renewable sources. Full article…

Press release: New tool to help urban planners prepare for climate change

Climate change-related rising sea level, urban floods and heat waves will cause destruction and take lives in cities. The extent of these impacts will depend on how well and how quickly urban planners implement adaptation measures. The EU-funded RAMSES project has developed methodologies and a handbook to help urban planners estimate damage and adaptation costs, and transform cities. Full article…

Press Release: We need action on the low-carbon technology targets – Tor Ivar Eikaas

It is critical that we deliver on the targets for low-carbon technologies in the 2020s, 2030s and beyond which have been set as part of the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, according to Tor Ivar Eikaas, a special adviser at the Research Council of Norway and a long-standing representative of the SET-Plan steering group.

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Press Release: Together for sustainable cities – an international research alliance

The world’s cities account for less than 3% of its land surface, but they are already home to much of its population. By 2050, two-thirds of us are projected to live in urban areas, where joined-up management of food, water and energy will be increasingly important. A wave of partly EU-funded projects is about to explore this sustainability issue. Full article…

Press Release: Energy-efficient fuel cell technology

Fuel cell systems are an efficient way of converting chemical energy into electricity so as to reduce emissions and protect the environment. EU-funded research has advanced existing components and designs to develop an optimised version – boosting product lifetime and efficiency, and potential commercial uptake of a sustainable energy solution. Full article…

Press Release: From urban biowaste burden to useful bio-based plastic

So much waste … what could we do with it, beyond producing energy and compost? EU-funded researchers are looking into ways to turn biowaste generated in our cities – notably by homes, restaurants and shops – into a number of bio-based products by means of integrated biorefineries. Full article…

Press Release: Learning from past crises to protect future biodiversity

The EU funded PRIDE project is investigating drivers of biotic turnover (the rate at which organisms die) in lakes in the Black Sea / Caspian Sea (Pontocaspian) region to understand the nature and severity of the current biodiversity crisis. Increased understanding will help the project team design conservation strategies to mitigate biodiversity loss. Full article…

Security for a mobile generation

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Event: Innovating grid technologies for sustainable energy (Madrid, 22 November 2017)

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Press Release: Growing the bioeconomy together

Innovative bio-based alternatives already exist for many products derived from fossil fuels, and research teams worldwide are busily developing new solutions. An EU-funded project is encouraging Europeans to explore the prospect of a sustainable economy firmly rooted in renewables and fostering dialogue on its governance. Full article…

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