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Environment: 3D lookalike algae to study seabeds affected by climate change

Artificial algae "lookalike" of a coralline alga, a key species of the Mediterranean, could be used in ecological restoration projects to restore natural ecosystems compromised by the anthropic impact. These are the first results of a project conducted by ENEA, University of Portsmouth and CNR

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Circular economy: At the start EU project on e-waste recycling

Identify innovative systems for tracing and improving the collection of electric and electronic waste (WEEE) in urban areas and developing methods for prolonging the life cycle of reusable products, based on circular economy principles. This is the objective of the European project Inno-WEEE, which aims at making the WEEE supply chain more efficient with the application of circular economy models. These full scale models will be tested in Trento, Cava de 'Tirreni (Salerno) and Bath (United Kingdom).

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Agrifood: Innovative lighting system for “Microcosmo”

The Microcosm, the hi-tech for growing plants using soil in closed and extreme environments, has been equipped with an innovative experimental lighting system supplied by BECAR, a company controlled by the Beghelli group and partner of the project jointly with ENEA and Gruppo FOS. The new lighting system will allow to considerably expand the range of wavelengths which can be used in precision agriculture and to modulate, independently and continuously, the various light sources, so as to significantly increase the potential for its use both in advanced research and in the cultivation of plants in unconventional environments, such as subways, airports, shopping centers, as well as extreme environments such as arctic or extraterrestrial areas.

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Antarctica: At the start 34th Italian expedition with 250 participants and 50 research projects

With the opening of the Mario Zucchelli station, the 34th Summer Campaign of the National Research Program in Antarctica (PNRA) has begun, financed with 23 million euro by the Ministry of Education, University and Research and implemented by ENEA for logistics operations and by the National Research Council (CNR) for planning and scientific coordination. It will last 4 months, during which scientists and technicians will operate in harsh environmental conditions, defying strong gusts of wind and low temperatures (such as -40 / 50 ° C, recorded in this period at the Italian-French Concordia station, in the heart of the continent at 3300 meters of altitude).

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Marine environment: New alien species identified in Liguria, Italy

Small marine organisms native to the Galapagos Islands, but also mini Japanese crustaceans and plankton originating in Southeast Asia. These are some of the "alien" species identified in the Gulf of La Spezia as part of a monitoring project conducted by a team of researchers from ENEA, the University of Pavia and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

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Health: From ENEA new biotechnological method against tiger mosquito

ENEA has developed a biotechnological method to limit the reproduction of the tiger mosquito and break down its ability to transmit tropical viruses. This was possible thanks to the introduction in the laboratory mosquito of specific strains of the Wolbachia bacterium, harmless to humans and present in most insects. The females showed a cancellation of the transmission of the Zika virus and a reduction to less than 5% of the Dengue and Chikungunya viruses, while the males were capable of making the wild females of the species sterile after mating, affecting their chance of reproducing.

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Climate: Climathon, a global 24-hour hackathon, takes place in Rome for the first time

The fourth edition of Climathon will also stop in Rome, thanks to a collaboration between the Municipality and ENEA. For 24 hours, between 25 and 26 October, students, technicians, entrepreneurs, experts, policy makers and citizens will be able to submit innovative proposals to combat climate change and make our cities more sustainable. The participants to this marathon of ideas, organized in interdisciplinary teams, can work side by side with experts from companies and institutions who will act as "coaches". In addition to ENEA, CNR, B-open, E-Geos, Roma-startup and LazioInnova will also participate in the Rome event.

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Research: Study on innovative materials to collect thermal energy wins Marie Curie grant at ENEA

Developing high quality and low cost materials useful for collecting thermal energy, i.e. the clean energy obtained from daily temperature fluctuations. This is the object of the study "NanoPyroMat" which allowed the researcher Radenka Krsmanovic at the University of Belgrade Whiffen to win the Marie Sklodowska-Curie biennial scholarship. The research will be conducted at the ENEA Casaccia laboratories in collaboration with the Faenza ENEA Center and the former Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, now Sorbonne.

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