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Press Release: Clean energy from building façades

A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) is enabling German firm Heliatek to boost production of an organic solar energy-generating film that can be used on office blocks.

Press Release: Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors publish opinion on EU authorisation processes of Plant Protection Products

At the request of Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, the scientific advisors examined the question: “Could the current EU dual system for approval and authorisation of plant protection products be rendered more effective, efficient and transparent, and if so, how could this be achieved?”

Tackling depression with digital tools

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Interview: Black Sea research could reveal cultural sites and methane ice – Dr Adrian Stanica

Cooperative marine research projects between the countries surrounding the Black Sea could reveal cultural heritage sites and unknown resources such as frozen methane, as well as enhance economic growth, bolster tourism and strengthen political bonds, according to Dr Adrian Stanica. He is Director-General of the Romanian National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology (GeoEcoMar) and one of the experts tasked with identifying the research gaps and opportunities in the Black Sea region.

Updating air traffic management to make flying safer

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Press Release: Solar Impulse ‘Efficient Solution’ label for profitable start-ups to boost clean energy investment

The pioneering solar flight foundation Solar Impulse has launched an ‘Efficient Solution’ label for clean energy start-ups and innovations that can demonstrate their profitability, in a bid to boost investment in the sector.

Worldcoo helps NGOs raise funds through online tool on e-commerce sites

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Complex diseases get the big data treatment

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Press Release: Radical closed-wing aircraft design could see greener skies take flight

Aviation is one of the most environmentally harmful forms of transportation, accounting for 3% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. But new aircraft designs inspired by the work of an early 20th-century aviation engineer and natural substances such as honeycomb and grass could help to cut the environmental footprint of flying.

Press Release: 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.

Forensic accounting can predict future food fraud

Food fraud, where different or low-quality food is deliberately mislabelled and sold as high-quality goods, risks the health of consumers as well as the economic viability of producers and manufacturers. To combat this, researchers have figured out that analysing the past and present behaviour of criminal activity could predict what they might target in the future.

Earth observations show Europe’s natural wealth in steep decline

In March 2018, French scientists reported a steep decline in the country’s bird populations, primarily as a result of agricultural activity. Causes include the increase in monoculture, detrimental land-use policies and, perhaps most importantly, the growth in the use of powerful pesticides such as neonicotinoids, which, by killing off insects, reduces the bird population by reducing the food available to them.

Shared data and shrinking aircraft seats to cut travel times in Europe

Aircraft seats that temporarily shrink and a joined-up transport system that allows people to easily plan a door-to-door journey could help shift people’s first choice of travel away from cars and towards public transport by reducing the time and effort involved.

Fighting crime and terrorism with voice recognition

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Assistive technology offers a helping hand

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Multi-scale modelling for smarter, greener traffic management

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Press Release: Taking a fresh look at airport operations

Encouraging new ideas and fresh thinking is critical for innovation in aviation in order to respond to the growing demand for air travel and to the increasing number of air vehicles taking to the skies, including drones. That is why the SESAR Joint Undertaking supports exploratory research and has created an innovation pipeline in its research programme that transforms innovative ideas into solutions to increase the performance of air traffic management (ATM). This article provides a sample of just some of these innovative projects.

Event: NanoDay Brussels (Brussels, 3 May 2018)

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