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2010-12-08 02:11:36

Polar research must become an integral part of the European Union's research activities if Europe is to benefit from the dramatically changing face of the Polar Regions, the European Polar Board (EPB) said today at the launch of its strategic position paper on European polar research: "Relevance, Strategic Context and Setting Future Directions."  European research activities in the Polar Regions are significant, amounting to over 300 million euro per year in recognition of the regions'...

2010-12-02 15:46:52

Europe's leading scientists urge creation of a CERN for Mathematics Europe needs an Institute of Industrial Mathematics to tighten the link between maths and industry as an enabler of innovation "“ putting maths at the heart of Europe's innovation, according to the European Science Foundation in a report launched today in Brussels at the "Maths and Industry" Conference. Such an Institute would help not only to overcome the fragmentation that currently characterises mathematics research...

2010-11-29 16:31:39

European Science Foundation publishes new report on male reproductive health Reduced male fertility may be making it even harder for couples to conceive and be contributing to low birth rates in many countries, reveals a new European Science Foundation (ESF) report launching at a meeting in Paris. More than 10% of couples worldwide are infertile, contributing to the growing demand for assisted reproduction techniques such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) for which Robert G. Edwards won the...

2010-11-29 12:51:50

TECHBREAK: a new foresight initiative led by the European Science Foundation TECHBREAK is a new foresight initiative led by the European Science Foundation to identify the technology areas that could benefit the space sector. It goes beyond space-related technologies to bring in expertise from sectors where technology is evolving faster, ranging from photonics and nanotechnology to energy, nuclear propulsion and robotics. Innovative technologies open up new fields of research and give...

2010-10-12 13:43:59

European Science Foundation reports on the future of ribonucleic acid research A Europe-wide network of labs focusing on RNA research is needed to make the most of RNA's high potential for treating a wide range of diseases. The recommendation for this virtual research institute comes from a panel of biologists at the European Science Foundation in a report published today, 'RNA World: a new frontier in biomedical research'. Ten years on from the human genome project, RNA (ribonucleic acid)...

2010-09-17 13:38:14

More than 100 marine scientists, policy makers and members of industry unanimously call for action towards an integrated network of observatories monitoring Europe's seas, at the Marine Board-ESF Forum 'Towards a European Network of Marine Observatories'. This will give reliable, long-term data to underpin science and policy regarding the use of seas for fisheries, aquaculture, energy, shipping, as well as tourism and recreation. "We should not take for granted the wealth and well-being...

2010-07-22 12:33:53

Fostering research integrity in Europe A new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity will be presented by the European Science Foundation at the World Conference on Research Integrity. The code addresses good practice and bad conduct in science, offering a basis for trust and integrity across national borders. This Europe-wide code offers a reference point for all researchers, complementing existing codes of ethics and complying with national and European legislative frameworks. It is...

2010-05-19 08:33:57

Marine Board-ESF presents position paper at EU Maritime Day 2010 Food from fisheries, trade and transport through shipping, income from tourism and recreation "“ we rely on our seas. Managing this rich resource is a challenge that calls for reframing humans as integral parts of marine ecosystems, say scientists from three of Europe's leading marine organizations in a new report launching on 19 May ahead of EU Maritime Day 2010. The Marine Board-European Science Foundation, the...

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2010-05-19 08:10:00

European Science Foundation presents ocean acidification report at EU Maritime Day 2010 Ten years ago, ocean acidification was a phenomenon only known to small group of ocean scientists. It's now recognized as the hidden partner of climate change, prompting calls for an urgent, substantial reduction in carbon emissions to reduce future impacts. The 'Impacts of Ocean Acidification' science policy briefing presented by the European Science Foundation on May 20 for European Maritime Day 2010...

2009-08-27 11:01:31

Shell beads newly unearthed from four sites in Morocco confirm early humans were consistently wearing and potentially trading symbolic jewelry as early as 80,000 years ago. These beads add significantly to similar finds dating back as far as 110,000 in Algeria, Morocco, Israel and South Africa, confirming these as the oldest form of personal ornaments. This crucial step towards modern culture is reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS).A team...