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The EU is on a mission with researchers to protect our planet and society. By helping researchers discover new ways to improve people’s lives, and to protect us from climate change and global health shocks, the EU is building a better future for all of us.

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The 1.8GW Grand’Maison hydroelectric station in the French Alps is the largest pumped storage hydropower facility in Europe. © Sylvain B, Shutterstock.com
The EU drive towards green energy is seeking to harness a traditionally clean power source – with some tweaks.
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Graphene has moved out of the laboratory and into the market thanks in no small part to the EU, according to Professor Patrik Johansson.

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Faster detection and less invasive surgery offer hopes of advances against a leading fatal disease in Europe.
Andrea Stephany Diaz founded a startup to improve lung-cancer diagnosis after participating in a 2022 European event for young researchers.
Scientists are closing in on a pain-free method for people with type 1 diabetes to control it.
EU research, which has improved society and the economy for decades, now needs to engage more young people and attract extra public and private investments, according to Professor Manuel Heitor.
New materials and designs can make a leading source of renewable energy both greener and cheaper.
Upgrading social housing is a central part of EU projects to make city life healthier and happier.
Understanding how climate change affects livelihoods and industries is an EU research priority.
Cellulose fibres are emerging as a sustainable option for wrapping everything from foods to electronics.
Urban dwellers across the EU are having a say in making their surroundings friendlier to people and the environment.
Offering nutritious meals to students can improve diets and counter obesity across Europe.
With the race to build a new generation of computers heating up, European companies are eyeing the game-changing opportunities.
Forests in the EU can help green the European construction industry and bolster a continent-wide push for architectural improvements.
Researchers in Europe have identified an underground signal that may be a precursor to strong quakes.
Researchers are seeking to ensure that people retain their ability to detect scents.
Home-test kits and mobile labs for detecting a tumour in tissue near the uterus are improving healthcare in remote or marginalised communities.
Arts and culture can bring imagination and momentum to projects for putting urban neighbourhoods more in tune with nature.
EU researchers have identified new ways that certain substances can interfere with people’s hormone system and brain development.
A new generation of commercial electric vehicles is emerging to reduce air pollution and congestion in urban areas.
Improved cybersecurity defences for electronic commerce have emerged from EU-funded projects.
A major EU-funded research project on the Atlantic highlights worldwide efforts to preserve marine biodiversity under a landmark treaty.
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