COST Stories

This section focuses on COST results mainly in terms of Actions and Domains.

The case studies reflect the impact COST has on European research, people and markets.


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Re-excavating Europe’s drowned prehistory

Archaeological sites and traces of Europe’s landscapes formed at low sea level during the last Ice Age can survive beneath the seabed, but recovering such evidence poses formidable technical and financial challenges. Archaeologists, heritage managers, geoscientists and industry representatives are now joining forces to research and manage these submerged landscapes that tell the stories behind human evolution.

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European year for active ageing and solidarity between generations

The European Union has designated 2012 as the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. Europe must be more age-friendly and better adapted to its ageing population. This view is reflected in the work of COST.

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Enhancing Research on Early Autism

2 April 2012 marked the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique events and initiatives.

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Transgenic Trees – The science behind future EU policy, regulations and safety assessments

COST Action FP0905 addresses the issue of biosafety for transgenic trees on the January issue of Nature Biotechnology.

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COST Save the Bees

The first research results in this area suggests that bee colony losses are not due to one single factor only, but rather to highly complex interactions of various factors (pests and pathogens; environment, e.g. nutrition use of agrochemicals; management; and reduced bee vitality/diversity). If we do not know the factors and the extent of the problem, we cannot implement effective mitigating measures.

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New Life Beneath Sea and Ice

Scientists have long known that life can exist in some very extreme environments. But Earth continues to surprise us.

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Healthy food and feed? An answer from COST

COST Action FA0905: Mineral-improved Crop Production for Healthy Food and Feed

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Sheep or goat: can you tell the difference?

Did you know that in regard to many diseases, it has been considered for some time that goats are similar to sheep, and that results acquired from sheep were applicable to goats? For instance, for many years, the registration of anthelmintic drugs (drugs that expel parasitic worms – helminths – from the body) did not discriminate between the two hosts. Drugs that were registered for sheep could automatically be prescribed to goats.

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Watch COST's interview with 2010 Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics Prof Konstantin Novoselov!

In the latest years graphene research has witnessed a tremendous explosion. This two-dimensional dream material has come into the main spotlight of fundamental and applied research in diverse nano-science fields but, surprisingly rapidly, it has also attracted the interest of major stakeholders in the private sector, such as the ICT industry.

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Maintaining road pavements to improve Europe's road safety

Road pavement

The UN Road Safety Collaboration has developed a Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, which is officially launched on 11 May 2011. COST Action 354, ‘Performance Indicators for Road Pavements’, has been working towards a common set of indicators and a tool to manage these, boosting both the potential safety and management of the European road network across Europe.

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