Italy
How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility?
How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility? Within a project called Ticket to Kyoto five European public transport companies try to drastically reduce their CO2 emissions. These companies are Dutch RET, British GMPTE, German moBiel, French RATP and Belgian STIB.
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront?
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront? Researchers have made great strides towards developing fruit and vegetable breeding tools, but they still have a long way to go, according to Dr. Daniel Sargent at East Malling Research in the UK.
The Secret of Eve´s Apple is Lifted
The Secret of Eve´s Apple is Lifted The Istituto Agrario San Michele all`Adige is situated near Trento in the northern mountains of Italy. Here the team of Dr. Riccardo Velasco coordinated the apple genome project.
The apple’s genome map guides cultivation towards sustainability
The apple’s genome map guides cultivation towards sustainability About three years ago 18 research institutions coordinated by FEM got their teeth into the well-known cultivar Golden Delicious’ genome sequence. Golden Delicious is one cultivar of the domesticated apple Malus x domestica.
Prof. Francesco Salamini: "Availability of many markers will change all apple breeding paradigms”
Prof. Francesco Salamini: "Availability of many markers will change all apple breeding paradigms” What has been the biggest challenge during the apple genome sequencing and mapping? The real problem in our case was that the variety, Golden Delicious, we had chosen is heterozygous.
Dr Fivos Andritsos: “No need to wait for the next disastrous shipwreck to test a new remarkable solution”
Dr Fivos Andritsos: “No need to wait for the next disastrous shipwreck to test a new remarkable solution” His aim was to develop a system that could capture the oil right at its source, before it disperses on the surface of the ocean.
Oil Spills: A Deep Water Solution
Oil Spills: A Deep Water Solution Oil is less dense than water and therefore the oil escaping the sea bed travels up to the water surface. Dr. Fivos Andritsos and his colleagues from the Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy have now developed a reservoir which can be applied on top of the leakage.
The Magic Touch
The Magic Touch The “ nano wrap ” that is being developed to be fitted around an amputee’s upper arm nerve bundle is the ambitious other part of the Smarthand’s robotic hand project.
The Fish that Protects Your Life
The Fish that Protects Your Life More than half of all deaths in Europe are caused by cardiovascular disease, and 80% of all these are due to atherosclerosis.
Stem Cells: A Genetic Perspective
Stem Cells: A Genetic Perspective Embryonic or neural stem cells are key tools for future studies on Parkinson’s disease or other degenerative diseases. So far, the only way to obtain embryonic stem cells implied the destruction of an embryo.
Bees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing
Bees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing It does look like a resounding, spectacular success. During this year’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing in Italy hardly a bee colony has been lost, bar a suspicious case where some leftover seed from last year may have been used.
Calculating Fertility
Calculating Fertility We don’t really seem to know all that much about the organ we all come from.
The Secret of Sudden Death
The Secret of Sudden Death Unlocking the mystery of that 5% of sudden cardiac deaths which are not caused by any apparent anatomic abnormality points to a group of inherited gene mutations in the heart’s ion channels.
Breaking the vicious cycle of antibiotic resistant bacteria
Breaking the vicious cycle of antibiotic resistant bacteria Bacteria and other microorganisms that cause infections are remarkably resilient and can develop ways to survive drugs meant to kill or weaken them.
"Bee mortality has never be so high all over the world at the same time"
"Bee mortality has never be so high all over the world at the same time" As president of UNAAPI, the Italian Beekeepers Association, Francesco Panella is one of the most impassionate opposers of neonicotinoids and other synthetic pesticides, whether they are used as seed coating or sprayed on groves, as he blames them for weakening the bees’ immune system.
"Bees go mad and become lost because of neonicotinoid dispersion"
"Bees go mad and become lost because of neonicotinoid dispersion" Dr. Moreno Greatti, from the Department of Plant Biology and Protection at the University of Udine in Italy, is the author of a pivotal study on the dispersion of seed coating particles containing neonicotinoids into the air and along field borders during maize sowing.
Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save bees
Italy keeps ban on neonicotinoid seed coating to save bees Tens of thousands of them don’t even manage to get back to their apiary. Disoriented, they lose the way home and die.
"Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing"
"Massive bee loss coincided overwhelmingly with maize sowing" The local government of the Piedmont region listened carefully to the beekeepers’ complaints, says Giacomo Michelatti, head of the region’s agrochemical control department.
Rossella Palomba
Rossella Palomba Today, the male lobby -the “old boy network”- in Italy is preventing women from ascending within academies and companies’ hierarchy, despite their high qualifications.
A Third Eye for Rescuers
A Third Eye for Rescuers Fire brigades will soon have access to a safety system which is able to accurately detect and locate people that may be trapped in debris after, for example, an earthquake.
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