Welcome to the 19th edition of the Project Repository Journal (PRj) – your portal to the cutting edge of multidisciplinary scientific research.

In this edition, with a profound sense of pride and anticipation, we reflect on the journey thus far and envision the horizons yet to explore. Since its inception, the PRj has steadfastly championed the cause of open access, fostering engagement, dialogue and collaboration across continents and disciplines. Our commitment to open access remains unwavering, driven by the belief that knowledge should be freely available to all who seek it.

We invite you to delve into the pages of this edition, to be inspired, to question and to contribute to the ongoing conversation that shapes our world. Let us continue to break down walls, build bridges, and forge a future informed by the best of our collective scientific endeavours.

We sincerely thank our contributors, reviewers, editors and readers. Your dedication, expertise and passion are the lifeblood of this journal. We are inspired by your commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and addressing the challenges of our time.

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“Disseminate – Communicate – Educate”

AI reveals ancient text hidden in Herculean scrolls

Herculean scrolls A team of students have used AI to reveal the contents of a 2000-year-old scroll sealed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.

Exploring the spread of Bantu speakers across Africa

New data on the expansion of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa could provide valuable insight for medicine, science and the humanities.

Open access to wild pollinator research

An EU-backed project creates an open-access collection as part of its efforts to save Europe’s bees, flies and butterflies.

Open science ecosystem for the blue economy further expands in Europe

The Blue-Cloud 2026 project will create a federated European ecosystem and a collaborative web-based research environment to share and exploit research data that is fundamental for preserving oceans and seas.

In mighty Atlantic Ocean, ecosystem wonders and threats lie below the surface

Scientists from numerous countries are joining forces to tackle risks to life in the world’s second-largest ocean.

Commission proposes to allow EU farmers to derogate for one year from certain agricultural rules

The European Commission proposed at the end of January this year to allow EU farmers to avail of derogations for the year 2024 from Common Agricultural Policy rules obliging them to keep certain areas non-productive.

From drain to gain: the hidden treasures in wastewater

EU industries from food and drinks to chemicals and biotechnology are seeking to profit from materials in water after it has been used.

Less than one-fifth of EU plastic was recycled in 2019, but 2025 targets can still be reached

Combined actions such as reduced waste export and increased separate waste collection could more than double the amount of recycled plastic in the EU.

Rethinking education to spur student motivation and fun

Science lessons across Europe come to life through a push towards ‘open schooling’.

The ERC has announced another 102 Proof of Concept (PoC) grants

240 researchers supported to turn their science into practice.

Top space telescope from Europe seeks to solve riddles of the universe

EU researchers expect unprecedented insights into galaxies from the study of a mysterious energy force.

Unravelling the mysteries of dying stars and their hidden companions in the cosmos

Astronomers have shed light on the orbit of a cool red giant star as it approaches the end of its life.

New trial sets out to challenge routine defibrillator implantation

Is a defibrillator the way to go for all heart attack survivors with heart failure? Having just enrolled its first patients, an EU-backed trial aims to find out.

Tackling heart disease and stroke risks with customised treatment

Two major illnesses in Europe have prompted EU researchers to hunt for cures by grouping affected people.

As microscopic materials proliferate, ensuring they are safe is a priority

Researchers in Europe are working to counter potential risks from nanomaterials used by a range of industries for technological advances.

Hope emerges for women with debilitating hormonal disorder

Recent research findings may help ease an illness that causes enlarged ovaries.

Solving the problem of exhausted cancer fighting cells

An international research team demonstrates superior anti-tumour performance by chimeric antigen receptor T cells in a preclinical model.

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