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Orphan crop status rises to ‘super grain’

Grains such as teff, millet, and sorghum are mostly grown and consumed locally in certain African countries. However, there is interest in cultivating them in Europe and elsewhere as new sources of cereal since they are highly nutritious. Teff grains, for example, are rich in calcium and protein as well as iron, containing levels almost…

Gut bacteria rewind ageing brain in mice

In 1895, on turning 50, Elie Metchnikoff became increasingly anxious about ageing. As a result, the Russian Nobel prize-winning scientist, and one of the founders of immunology, turned his attention away from immunology and towards gerontology—a term that he coined. He was fascinated by the role that intestinal bacteria play in health and disease and…

Helping Europe’s consumers to track fuel consumption

The MILE21-LIFEproject team is providing Europe’s consumers with accurate fuel consumption data and offering efficient driving tips. Passenger cars are responsible for around 12 per cent of the EU’s total CO2 emissions. Also, there is a difference between fuel consumption reported by vehicle manufacturers in official tests and how much is used under real driving…

Deep-sea mining: environmental curse or could it save us?

More than 150 years after French author Jules Verne released his Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, the classic tale of deep-sea exploration, we know less about the deep sea than about the surface of the moon. Areas the size of massive continents and located thousands of metres below the water surface remain hidden from…

Speeding up the internet with photonics

An EU-backed team used photonics technology to boost the performance of existing fibre optics infrastructure, achieving internet speeds of up to 40 terabytes per second. Photonics—the science of creating, detecting and manipulating light—is driving innovations in technologies ranging from smartphone displays and energy-saving lighting to medical instruments and self-driving cars. Researchers working for the EU-funded…

Taking printed electronics ideas all the way to market

An EU-funded project’s innovation testbed provides access to consulting services and state-of-the-art pilot lines, helping companies commercialise their printed electronics. Printed electronics play a vital role in the development of the Internet of things (IoT). Our homes, cars, and even our clothes and accessories are fitted with electronic devices such as circuits, sensors, displays and…

Smart solutions for sustainable food supply in Europe

An EU-funded project gives good advice to local farmers and food producers on how to make short food supply chains (SFSCs) more competitive and sustainable. Over the last few decades, Europe’s agri-food system has had to deal with feeding a growing population, improving food transparency and shrinking its carbon footprint. These challenges have led to…

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Towards a blockchain scenario to guarantee virgin olive oil authenticity

Virgin olive oils are known for their excellent nutrition and health properties; but not all are created equal. OLEUM has renewed and revised analytical procedures and tools to determine their quality and authenticity before they end up on our shelves. Europe is the world’s largest producer of olive oil. Yet, a combination of growing competitiveness,…

Networking opportunity for LIFE call 2021 potential applicants

Networking opportunities in the format of 1:1 bilateral virtual meetings among potential applicants themselves are available between 28 July and 30 November 2021. Timelines Send, receive and confirm 1:1 meetings from July 28, 2021 (09:00) to November 30, 2021 (17:00) Confirmed meetings are scheduled from July 28, 2021 (09:00) to November 30, 2021 (17:00) based on participants’…

How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather

A succession of record-breaking natural disasters have swept the globe in recent weeks. There have been serious floods in China and western Europe, heatwaves and drought in North America and wildfires in the sub-Arctic. An annual report on the UK’s weather indicates extreme events are becoming commonplace in the country’s once mild climate. August 2020…

Have we found the first sign of animal life on Earth?

Canadian geologist claims to have discovered the oldest animal fossils. The earliest life forms we know of evolved around 3.7 billion years ago. The world’s oldest known animal, Dickinsonia, dates to about 540 million years ago. A discovery in a remote region of north-west Canada is about to change what we understood until now. According…

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Using natural resources to improve energy efficiency in buildings

We spend most of our lives in buildings but they are responsible for 40 per cent of the EU’s energy consumption and 36 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions. A LIFE Award-winning project has the keys to change this trend. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is critical to achieving the EU’s 2050 climate…

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Breaking the long-distance quantum communication record

An EU-backed computer tech company has demonstrated quantum communications over optical fibres over 600 km long, bringing us a big step closer to a quantum internet. Toshiba Europe’s Cambridge Research Laboratory has achieved a milestone in long-distance quantum communication, demonstrated for the first time on optical fibres exceeding 600 km in length. Achieved with support…