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Making Research Findings Free – Commission’s Decision

Eugene Eteris | The Baltic Course | August 23, 2013

Open access to research publications, so-called “open access” is regarded vital for reaching innovative progress in the EU. Open access is fundamental to improving knowledge circulation and to facilitate innovation in Europe. Therefore, open access will be mandatory for all scientific publications produced with funding from Horizon 2020, as well as for EU's Research & Innovation research funded during 2014-20. Read More »

Malaria Detection Device To Be Field Tested A Year Ahead Of Schedule

Greg Slabodkin | FierceMobileHealthcare | April 29, 2013

A European Union-funded mHealth project to develop a mobile device using nanotechnology to rapidly detect malaria infection and drug resistance will be ready for field testing in 2013--a year ahead of schedule--according to a university announcement. Read More »

More And More Infections In Europe Can Evade The Most Powerful Antibiotics

Kate Kelland | Business Insider | November 17, 2014

More and more infections in Europe are proving able to evade even the most powerful, last-resort antibiotics, posing an alarming threat to patient safety in the region, health officials said on Monday...

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New Arms Race: Science Versus Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Tomasz Pierscionek | RT | March 24, 2017

The death rate from bacterial infections plummeted following the discovery of penicillin. However, these microbes developed ways to resist our antibiotics. What threats do superbugs pose and what factors contribute to their emergence? The discovery and development of antibiotics saved millions of lives during the latter half of the 20th century. Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming, who witnessed soldiers with infected wounds perish while serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, per chance discovered a penicillin producing mold in 1928...

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New ideas about European education: on board the “digital express”

Eugene Eteris | The Baltic Course | October 7, 2013

Children from a very young age use daily digital technologies: mobile phones, tablets, computers, etc. Paradoxically enough, they do not use it in European education system and schools... Read More »

New Open Source License For Seeds

Monika Ermert | Intellectual Property Watch | April 28, 2017

The Germany-based OpenSourceSeeds initiative this month started to offer open source-licensed seeds in an effort to strengthen a form of copyleft for new plant varieties. The goal, according to the organisation established by academics, activists and breeders and establish a non-private seed sector as a second pillar alongside private plant breeding...

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New Report Shows Europe Needs More Strategic High-Tech Investment

Editor | eHealthNews | December 16, 2013

Europe remains a main knowledge production centre of the world, but lags behind North America and Asia in fast-growing technologies of the future. This is a key conclusion of the latest Innovation Union Competitiveness Report. Read More »

Open Access Comes To Africa

Britt E. Erickson | Chemical & Engineering News | December 17, 2012

Hundreds of scholars gathered in Stellenbosch, South Africa, last month to build a stronger case for making the results of scientific research freely accessible worldwide. Calling scientific knowledge the motor of economic development, delegates to the international gathering, the Berlin 10 Conference on Open Access, urged scientists to radically change how they evaluate and communicate their work. Read More »

Open Access: Brought To Book At Last?

Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | July 18, 2013

A library-focused effort aims to take monographs off the analogue shelf Read More »

Open Access: Where Are We, What Still Needs To Be Done?

Richard Poynder | Open and Shut? | July 1, 2013

Making Open Access (OA) a reality has proved considerably more difficult and time consuming than OA advocates expected when they started out. It is now 19 years since cognitive scientist Stevan Harnad posted his Subversive Proposal calling on researchers to make their papers freely available on the Web [...]. Read More »

Open Data And Open Science

Carlos Morais Pires | ICT Update | June 1, 2013

The G8 International Conference on Open Data in April 2013 aimed to make agricultural research more widely available to improve global food security. Carlos Morais Pires from the European Commission discusses the EC’s effort to increase access to data and reviews the G8’s plans. Read More »

Open Data Hub for the European Union (EU) Goes Live!

Robin Wauters | The Next Web (TNW) | December 26, 2012

For open data lovers in the European Union and beyond: the European Commission on Christmas Eve quietly went live with its 'beta' version of its all-new 'Open Data Hub'. Read More »

OpenID Connect May Usher In A New Era Of Federated Online Identity

Alex Howard | Tech Republic | May 15, 2014

OpenID Connect is designed to replace username/password authentication. The protocol, in use by Google and others, may solve governments' needs to authenticate users accessing digital services...

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Over 60% Of Breads Sold In The UK Contain Pesticide Residues, Tests Show

Damian Carrington | The Guardian | July 17, 2014

Two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, according to a new analysis of government data by environmental campaigners. Tests on hundreds of loaves also showed that 25% contained residues of more than one pesticide...

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Peer into the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance

Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker | Wired | March 18, 2017

Aout 4 million years ago, a cave was forming in the Delaware Basin of what is now Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. From that time on, Lechuguilla Cave remained untouched by humans or animals until its discovery in 1986—an isolated, pristine primeval ecosystem. When the bacteria found on the walls of Lechuguilla were analyzed, many of the microbes were determined not only to have resistance to natural antibiotics like penicillin, but also to synthetic antibiotics that did not exist on earth until the second half of the twentieth century...

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