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18/2/2013

Sea: Mediterranean, finds at Egadi area date back the history of navigation 2000 years earlier

A recent discovery in the Egadi Islands suggests our early ancestors went to sea 2000 years earlier than previously thought. Inside the Grotta del Tuono at Marettimo, remains of a meal consisting of a deer mandible and various molluscs were found which have revealed how humans used to sail in the Mediterranean in search of food and new lands already 8600 years ago, that is towards the end of the Mesolithic and not the Neolithic as was believed until now.

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Health: Targeted radiological doses for more effective cancer treatments

ENEA, jointly with the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute and the San Gallicano Dermatology Institute of Rome, has developed a prototype for real-time and more accurate measurement of the radiation dose released and absorbed by the patient during cancer treatment. The project RI.GUI.DO, funded by the Foundation Terzo Pilastro, aims at more effective radiotherapy thanks to a better control of the radiation doses to increase the patients' quality of life while reducing the costs for the National Health Service.0

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Innovation: From ENEA advanced materials and 3D printing for hi-tech dental prostheses

Researchers at the ENEA Materials Technologies Laboratory have developed an innovative process to create high quality dental prostheses with 3D printing at lower costs than the standard techniques. The process is based on "Digital Light Processing" (DLP) which uses Additive Manufacturing technologies to make dental prosthesis components by polymerizing layers of photosensitive liquid resin added with ceramic powder. The activities were carried out as part of the project PRODE, jointly with the CNA of Ferrara and the network of dental technicians at Identitaliagroup.

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Earthquake: A “quality label" for the seismic safety of buildings

Promoting seismic risk prevention awareness through the dissemination of the quality label "Sisma Safe", the first in Italy on the static and seismic safety of buildings. This is the objective of the agreement between ENEA and SismaSafe for the diffusion of seismic safety awareness and quality of design and construction of public and private buildings like schools, hospitals, hotels, offices, companies and houses .

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Environment: ENEA among European centers of excellence for collection of microorganisms

ENEA European center of excellence with its microbial collection comprising approximately 1500 bacteria, fungi, algae and viruses , as part of MIRRI - Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure, the largest European research infrastructure safeguarding microbial biodiversity and guaranteeing the conservation and distribution of microorganisms for environmental sustainability, biotechnological development and bioeconomy growth.

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Smart city: Ravenna, a new "digital" life for the Darsena

Digital regeneration of the Darsena of Ravenna with the creation of a large technological platform that collects and manages data on traffic, environmental pollution and energy consumption of street lamps, buildings and individual dwellings. This is the objective of the project DARE, with which the Municipality of Ravenna obtained one of the highest funding (over 5 million euro) at the 4th European call for tenders "Urban Innovative Action", ranking among the top 20 cities out of 176.

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Health: Cystic fibrosis, toward personalized therapies thanks to lung microbiome

The many challenges faced by personalized medicine in the field of cystic fibrosis, one of the most widespread genetic diseases in the world, mainly affecting the lungs and intestines, were the topic of a review by an ENEA coordinated international research team, published in the international journal "Trends in Molecular Medicine - Cell Press"

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Building sector: The “bio-brick" avoids the need for air conditioning

A "bio-brick" in a composite material ideal for our climate, capable of maintaining an average indoor temperature of 26 degrees during heat, avoiding the need for air conditioning. It’s one of the results of the study conducted by ENEA and Politecnico di Milano as part of the project "Energy requalification of existing public buildings: nZEB direction", funded by the Electrical System Research of the Ministry of Economic Development.

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