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New study shows connections between global environmental degradation and tax havens published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. On average 68% of all investigated foreign capital to sectors associated with deforestation of the Amazon rainforest was transferred through tax havens. 70% of the known fishing vessels involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing are, or have been, registered in tax havens. Loss of tax revenue caused by tax havens should be considered as indirect subsidies to economic activities with detrimental environmental consequences.
Grant from European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme to nTRACK project designed to study multimodal nanoparticles for structural and functional tracking of stem cell therapy on muscle regeneration.
On 28 March 2019, the coordinator of the Quantum Flagship project OpenSuperQ, Frank-Wilhelm-Mauch, was among the experts invited to the German TV show ‘Scobel” – a popular science programme by the German public broadcaster 3sat. The complete session named “The Fabulous World of Quantum Physics” has been recorded and is available in the 3sat media library: http://www.3sat.de/page/?source=/scobel/199442/index.html
LISA, standing for Lithium sulphur for safe road electrification, a research and development project, has been granted 7.9M€ by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme to develop a high energy and safe lithium-sulphur battery for cars. The consortium led by Leitat and gathering 12 partners aims during the next 43 months to improve this technology and bring it closer to the market.
On 21 March, the Smart City of Dresden has been awarded by the EU for its sustainable mobility plan.
On 1 April, 2019, the European research project BIOMAP (Biomarkers in Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis) kicks off its activities with the aim of improving the lives of patients affected by the two most common inflammatory skin conditions. Addressing key unmet needs in treating atopic dermatitis and psoriasis by analysing data from more than 50 000 patients, the five-year project will have a broad impact on disease understanding, patient care and future therapies.
An urban district in western Turkey is trialling a smart lighting system in a bid to cut energy bills and be more ecological.
The European project FETFX was launched in January 2019. Its goal is to bring EU-funded research on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and society closer to each other via dedicated communication and dissemination campaigns.
The H2020 SPHINX project aims to introduce a health tailored Universal Cyber Security Toolkit, to enhance the cyber protection of the Health and Care IT Ecosystem and ensuring patient data privacy and integrity.
Component Method for High Strength Steel Rectangular Hollow Section T Joints

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