Research*EU Magazine | Number 4 (July/August 2011)

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Series Details Number 4
Publication Date July/August 2011
ISSN 1831-9947
EC ZZ-AC-11-004-EN-C
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Innovative modes of transport: where would we be without cars?


This issue of Research*EU magazine is dedicated to ‘Innovative modes of transport: where would we be without cars?’. That question remains somewhat elusive. Our reliance on the car is often overwhelming. The World Car-Free Day on 22 September will attempt to get people to step out of their cars and reflect upon mobility and their transport choices.

We also speak to Alain de Larminat, project coordinator at the EU-funded Ecoshell project. Ecoshell is currently developing a bio-composite material made from vegetal fibres to replace the aluminium chassis of light vehicles. Mr de Larminat provides some insider knowledge on the project and discusses how innovation in design and technology can help make vehicles more efficient and green.

However, first we start off the issue with an article in the biology and medicine section on how scientists are able to predict cancer by analysing your breath.

The energy and transport section leads with an article on a new type of car suspension system for a far more enjoyable and smoother ride. N

ext in the environment and society section we take a closer look at scientists in the UK who have found a new way to produce water efficient seeds.

The researchers claim the resultant plants will be better able to withstand droughts. In our IT and telecommunications section, new systems of quantum cryptology are apparently much safer than current security systems, according to scientists in Belgium and Spain.



  • Project Success Stories - Predicting cancer through your breath?
  • Project Success Stories - Promising gene therapy for brain disease
  • Improved drug and treatment protocols for kala-azar
  • Hearing loss in the EU’s elderly
  • Nano-'robots' to conquer tumour cells?
  • Basal stem cell research can redirect cancer studies
  • Adenovirus vectors: From bench to clinic
  • Understanding tick-borne disease
  • Home change is societal change
  • Stem cells aim for the heart

Digital Economy

  • Casting a net over development in Africa
  • Projected user interfaces make business meetings fun
  • The economics of health and safety
  • Supporting interoperability across the Mediterranean
  • Open access to mountains of research
  • Networks safe and sound
  • The greener road ahead
  • Researchers boost wireless cellular systems
  • Intelligent transport for the future

Climate Change and Environment

  • New solution for life cycle assessments
  • Strategies for improved and sustainable tree breeding
  • Harnessing mother earth's molecular bounty
  • Documenting environmental abuses
  • Closing the nano knowledge gap between countries
  • Getting creative with urban transport solutions
  • Museums - more than something to muse over
  • The EU reaches out through multilateralism
  • Impact of climate change on settlement patterns

Industrial Technologies

  • High-performance multilayer coatings
  • Greece leads in seismic research
  • The pursuit of perfect packages
  • How the 'have-nots' are redefining legal citizenship
  • Surface protection enhances nano-applications
  • The importance of knowledge in the era of globalisation
  • Enhancing the observation of ephemeral, new particles
  • Environmentally friendly ceramic heat exchangers
  • Large-scale production of nano-patterned products
  • Clustering research and technology around plastic processing
  • Standardised characterisation of novel electromagnetic materials
  • Novel materials for critical industrial processes


  • Communicating the benefits of climate change mitigation
  • Seeing the Sun in a new light
  • Renewable energy from existing high-rise buildings
  • Fast track to new markets for solar energy
  • Cheap fuel from sugarcane
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