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Gaining a deeper understanding of the universe

Under the InnovFin Large Projects facility, a CHF 250-million loan has been provided to increase the capacity of the High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider (HL-LHC), which is the European Organisation for Nuclear Research's (CERN) central project for the decade. The expansion will help open up new commercial possibilities and deepen understanding of our universe.

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Self-aware assembly lines promise smoother production

Self-aware, self-healing machines could help industries like the automotive, white goods, welding, machine tools and electronics sectors identify production failures before they happen. This would ensure timely repair, reduce downtime and increase output, as an EU-funded research project is showing.

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Could nanotechnoloy 'rewire' an injured spinal cord?

Innovative equipment has been developed to help patients regain control of limbs despite an injury that stops the transmission of signals through the spinal cord. But what if this transmission could actually be re-established? An EU-funded project is working on an innovative implant, but there is still a very long way to go.

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Harnessing open data to help the agri-food sector

Researchers are developing collaborative apps that could improve farming practices and the efficiency of food supply chains. They are part of an EU-funded project aimed at harnessing the power of open data and ICT to promote better use and management of agricultural land, boosting innovation in the process.

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Scientists take the temperature of hot cities

EU-funded scientists took the global warming battle literally to the streets of the cities that generate disproportionate heat fluxes, especially during increasingly prevalent heat waves. The URBANFLUXES team combined local readings and satellite-based data to map hot spots, which can help planners tackle the problem.

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Fighting tax fraud and evasion

EU-funded researchers are investigating tax evasion and avoidance in Europe. The researchers aim to provide analysis and tools that could help policymakers ensure everyone pays their fair share - providing more money to public budgets that can be used to invest in social and economic priorities.

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Streamlining the aircraft development process

Designing modern passenger aircraft is a complex business requiring the collaboration of experts in a variety of disciplines. A team of EU-funded researchers has come together to simplify the aircraft development process to make it more efficient, greener and cost-effective.

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