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Turkish science on the brink
Turkish science on the brink Turkey has paid into a European fund since 2003, allowing its institutions to apply for European co-funding. Through this, Turkish researchers received 200 million euros in EU funding between 2007 and 2013 for around 900 different research initiatives.
Saving a Monster: Retrofitting of Social Housing
Saving a Monster: Retrofitting of Social Housing They live in a 1970s building complex bundling where they all have to share the energy costs of their significantly inefficient building. These running costs are unreasonable and have been known to reach five times the rent level.
Feeding Insects to Farmed Animals
Feeding Insects to Farmed Animals When on October 16 th , World Food Day is celebrated, people around the globe will come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime.
A green revolution in the heart of Spain
A green revolution in the heart of Spain Experts believe that by 2030 more than 6 billion people will live in urban areas , which means 7 0% of global population . It is about time that cities make their buildings smarter : more efficient, green and livable.
A Smart Building to save Energy
A Smart Building to save Energy These weather conditions are a challenge to construct a smart building that can save energy throughout the year.
Revolutionary System Monitors Water Pollution
Revolutionary System Monitors Water Pollution Toxic microalgae, viruses and chemical contaminants are floating in our waters. These hazardous materials pose a high risk to the livelihood of the sea dwellers. Especially the aquaculture is affected by this rising problem.
Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests
Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests Scientists in Northern Italy are experimenting with unusual and totally eco-friendly sound and odor devices to fight off insects from their cultivated fields .
Gene correction for a rare disease
Gene correction for a rare disease Angeles suffers from a severe and rare genetic disease called Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP). This means, one of her genes restrains her liver to produce a specific protein needed for the metabolism of the blood.
Human Bones from the Lab
Human Bones from the Lab Scientists in Würzburg, in Germany, have created living bone material from human stem cells in their laboratory. The discipline is called tissue engineering and the aim of the scientists is to produce the perfect substitute for bone transplantation.
On the track of the deadly parasite Leishmania
On the track of the deadly parasite Leishmania Leishmaniasis is one of the most underreported and insufficiently monitored diseases in the world affecting mainly the poorest and most disadvantaged people on the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and East Africa.
Big Brother Enters Pig Farms
Big Brother Enters Pig Farms Internet Surveillance is often associated with names like Facebook, Google or the NSA, but now also pig farmers have started to use new tools to monitor every aspect of a pig’s life.
New Eco Repellent Against Malaria Mosquitoes
New Eco Repellent Against Malaria Mosquitoes In the battle against malaria researchers at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) have developed a new eco repellent that stops mosquitoes from attacking humans.
When your water is contaminated
When your water is contaminated Statistically, drinking water in Europe is the safest in the world. But according to the World Health Organisation every year more than 300.000 Europeans are falling ill due to contaminated tab water. ...
New Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain Activity
New Scanning Technology Reveals Detailed Brain Activity The combination of two brain scanning technologies, which were considered incompatible until recently, could revolutionize brain research and diagnostics.
Champions of Waste Reduction
Champions of Waste Reduction Other regions in Europe are motivated by success stories like this one, and are now supported by a team of experts from ECOPOL to implement their new policies.
The Portable Lab
The Portable Lab Konstantin has suffered permanent disabilities due to the lack of a proper analysis of his blood when he was treated in hospital ten years ago. A new device that revolutionizes lab analysis could soon prevent similar tragedies .
A Black Hole´s Dinner
A Black Hole´s Dinner The black hole at the centre of the galaxy, formally known as Sagittarius A* , fascinates scientists. By mid-2013 a gas cloud is expected to pass in its vicinity at a distance of only 36 light-hours (equivalent to 40.
Earth-Like Planet Discovery
Earth-Like Planet Discovery The discovery of planets in a habitable zone rises the hope that astronomers could soon answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe.
Second Earth Discovery
Second Earth Discovery An international team of astronomers has discovered a planet beyond our solar system, which could have perfect conditions for life . The new planet is 22 light years away and orbits its own sun-like star in just the right distance to inherit a moderate climate.
Self-Cleaning Buildings
Self-Cleaning Buildings The phenomenon of soiled and stained facades is probably as old as the cities themselves. Industrial pollution then has increased these problems.