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Fraunhofer Research News January 2004

English summary of January research news

Interactive children's television,Whether television is beneficial or harmful to children is an ongoing debate. But one thing is certain: The more often young viewers can interact, the more attractive the program becomes. Two projects in the US are testing interactive technologies with children's programming. Through the eye of the needle,Doctors performing minimally invasive surgery cannot directly observe their work. Magnetic resonance imaging gives them an internal view of the patient's body, but metal surgical instruments can cause interference. Fiber-reinforced plastics offer a viable alternative. , , (Getting in shape for eGovernment),The European Union eGovernment project of the month for December 2003 is E-MuniS. The aim of the Electronic Municipal Information Services project is to help southeastern Europe's cities prepare for life as part of the EU.,