Reading music scores is not an easy task for blind people because the scores are either limited in number or difficult to get a hold of. An EU-funded team of researchers, however, has designed and developed a demonstrative service that enables blind musicians to access and use Braille music scores that are found in libraries and transcription centres.
EU-funded scientists have discovered that the presence of low levels of a type of antibody in the immune system increases the chance of having a stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The finding, published in the journal Stroke, signals hope for the development of a vaccine that can activate the body's natural defences against the condition.
Why have toads been so successful in populating so many corners of this world?
The answer to this question depends on the part of the grain that is being used to bake the bread, says an EU-funded team studying the use of wholegrain foods in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
More than 170 million diabetics worldwide may soon breathe a sigh of relief thanks to an international team of scientists that has uncovered the culprit that triggers this debilitating disease. Presented in the journal Nature, the study's findings show that the previously unstudied gene known as RFX6 is responsible for congenital diabetes.
Tall athletes better watch out. New research from the Netherlands suggests that when two competing athletes are embroiled in a real or even ambiguous foul during a football game, the referee will more than likely slap the taller athlete on the wrist. The study's findings are published in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
A new European Commission report says that nitrate levels in EU waters are falling, which is good news for the environment and proves that legislation in recent years to stop nitrate levels from becoming too high is working.
New research from Italy has shed light on how changes in the brain can alter spiritual and religious attitudes. The scientists hope that their study, published in the journal Neuron, will ultimately lead to new treatments for certain personality disorders.
The European Union will offer EUR 20 million to Egypt to promote research and innovation, Ambassador of the European Delegation in Egypt Marc Franco announced at the first Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Marketplace in Heliopolis, Egypt in late January. The funds will be earmarked for the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) programme that was established under the EC-EGYPT bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement in 2007.
An international team led by the University of Copenhagen in Denmark has successfully decoded the genome of a man who lived on the western coast of Greenland around 4,000 years ago. Published in the journal Nature, the study's findings are part of the ECOGENE ('Unlocking the European Union convergence region potential in genetics') project, funded with EUR 1.09 million under the Regional programme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).