Latest European Science Foundation Stories
Europe's shape is in a constant change: The Mediterranean basin is shrinking, the Alps are rising and pushing North, and Scandinavia is still rebounding after having been crushed by the weight of a thick and huge ice sheet in the ice ages.
Marginal plants, particularly trees, play a crucial role in sustaining the biodiversity of Europe's big river systems, according to a recently held workshop organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF).
Scientists have long known that life can exist in some very extreme environments. But Earth continues to surprise us.
The universe is full of water, mostly in the form of very cold ice films deposited on interstellar dust particles, but until recently little was known about the detailed small scale structure.
The Greenland ice cap has been a focal point of recent climate change research because it is much more exposed to immediate global warming than the larger Antarctic ice sheet.
A map of where proteins are located in tissues and cells could help scientists understand the molecular basis of diseases such as cancer
For centuries man has had a uniquely close relationship with dogs â€“ as a working animal, for security and, perhaps most importantly, for companionship. Now, dogs are taking on a new role â€“ they are helping in the hunt for genetic mutations that lead to diseases in humans.
Nature inspires new highly specific drugs and organic products.
The field of robotics could be poised for a breakthrough, leading to a new generation of intelligent machines capable of taking on multiple tasks and moving out of the factory into the home and general workplace.
Predicting climate change depends on many factors not properly included in current forecasting models, such as how the major polar ice caps will move in the event of melting around their edges. This in turn requires greater understanding of the processes at work when ice is under stress, influencing how it flows and moves. The immediate objective is to model the flow of ice sheets and glaciers more accurately, leading in turn to better future predictions of global ice cover for use in climate...