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Cultural Heritage: Anti-vibration technologies help preserve the Sarcophagus of the Spouses at National Etruscan Museum in Rome

An anti-vibration platform offering hich-tech protection from the effects of daily passing traffic and the threat of earthquakes to the "Sarcophagus of the Spouses", one of the greatest masterpieces of Etruscan art that have come down to us, which can be admired in the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome. This is what a multidisciplinary team comprising ENEA experts, the company Somma engineering and Roma Tre and Sapienza universities is working at, as part of the project MONALISA, which has ranked first among the 81 participants in the LazioInnova tender funded by the Lazio Region.

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Waste: with the “NETWAP” project, small-scale composting experimentation in Italy and Croatia is now under way

Small-scale composting, technologies for recovering and recycling plastics, monitoring of microplastics in the sea. These are the main achievements of the NETWAP[1] project financed by the Italy-Croatia Interreg call for proposals with a budget of about €1.5 million, which in Italy involved ENEA, Unioncamere Veneto, Fondazione Fenice Onlus of Padua and GAL Molise verso il 2000. In Croatia, participants included the Municipality of Zadar (project leader), the Ruder Bošković Institute and Čistoća, the Zadar province company responsible for waste management.

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Agriculture: ENEA should to shoulder with oil, wine and pasta producers against the effects of climate change

Olive oil, wine and pasta, key elements of the Mediterranean diet protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, will be able to count on the climate services developed by MED-GOLD, the main EU research project on climate and agriculture involving 16 partners in 6 different countries, including ENEA for global coordination and Barilla for pasta in Italy.

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Health: Study on the impact of air pollution in workplaces launched

Assessing the health effects of airborne particulate levels in relation to the microclimate in different indoor work environments. This is the aim of the study launched by Inail with ENEA, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Cagliari and CNR. "This is a new scientific investigation as part of our 'VIEPI - Integrated Assessment of Indoor Particulate Exposure' project, which studies the correlations between atmospheric particulate measurements and microclimate conditions in indoor environments, in order to understand the implications of occupational exposure", says Armando Pelliccioni, a researcher at INAIL and scientific coordinator of the VIEPI project.

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Agriculture: climate change, study on the invasiveness of tropical fruit flies

The climate in most of the Mediterranean, the rest of the EU and North and Central America is currently not suitable for the establishment of tropical fruit flies, although their potential geographical distribution varies significantly. These are the findings of international research involving institutions from four different continents, including ENEA, which studied the effects of climate change on the invasiveness of these insects.

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Environment: International study on the benefits of anti-Covid measures for pollution and health in Europe

Some anti-Covid measures adopted at the beginning of the pandemic – such as the lockdown and traffic restrictions – led to a dramatic decline in air pollution, with consequent health benefits as well. An international study on air quality trends in 47 European cities—including Rome, Milan, Paris, London and Barcelona—highlights this. Carried out by numerous research institutions, including ENEA, the study was published in Nature.

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Environment: from the circular economy, the raw materials Italy lacks

There is a shortage of many raw materials and when these can be found, prices are exorbitant. The causes are varied: the growing increase in demand; the climate crisis, which diminishes the capacity of ecosystems to provide resources and intensifies certain needs; the pandemic, which has imposed a lengthy setback on the global economy; and the conflict in Ukraine, which has exacerbated Europe’s energy fragility. The solution exists and is called the circular economy. But it has not taken off yet.

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Environment: ENEA with forestry Carabinieri to measure air quality in parks

Measuring air pollution and landscape visibility in Italian nature parks. This is the objective of project “Visibility”, coordinated by the Forestry, Environmental and Agri-food Command Unit (CUFA) of the Carabinieri in partnership with the ENEA Air Pollution laboratory. The project will apply, for the first time in Italy, the procedure adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for measuring visibility in America’s nature reserves.

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Innovation: from big data to big code, new ENEA algorithms are coming soon

To develop new computer codes through innovative, automatic and secure methods thanks to the Software Heritage universal archive of source codes. This is the objective of the “Bologna Big Code Lab”, a joint knowledge and experimentation laboratory born thanks to an agreement between ENEA and the University of Bologna, in partnership with Software Heritage and with the support of iFAB, International Foundation Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Human Development.

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Environment: 67 thermometer sensors to study the Tyrrhenian Sea’s fever

A network of 67 thermometer sensors positioned from 5 to 60 meters in depth to control the temperature of the Tyrrhenian Sea and monitor the impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem and coastal dynamic processes. This is what has been achieved by the MedFever project, which unites ENEA as a scientific partner, the MedSharks association as coordinator, the Lush company and a group of volunteer scuba divers.

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