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Issue 56 of the research*eu results magazine – What we can learn from insects

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Issue 56 of the research*eu results magazine – What we can learn from insects
Not only do insects make up over 50 % of species known on Earth, but they have a lot more in common with humans than we’d first think: some of the most known species work in unison, have hierarchical societies, divide labour based on classes, and even plan for more difficult days to come. Insects can either wreak havoc or preserve life on Earth, and an impressive number of answers to pending scientific questions or technological challenges can be found through a better knowledge of their characteristics.

EU-funding — mostly brought in the form of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions — has helped and continues to help these scientists in their quest for solving insect-related mysteries. This issue of the research*eu results magazine is an ode to these entomologists’ contribution to scientific advances in Europe.

The special feature section covers eight recently-completed or close-to-completed projects, with topics as fascinating as insect response to climate change, maggot-inspired robotics, beetle-inspired farming, fungus that can control ant behaviour, or genetic alterations that allow insects to walk on water.

Other topics in this edition include the following highlights:

- Prenatal famine exposure has sex-specific effects on brain size
- EU researchers saw Brexit coming
- Branching out into new bioenergy supplies
- Recommendations for a sustainable EU-own flight ticket tax
- Novel OS for smart cities turns energy consumers into ‘prosumers’
- Shining a light on factories of the future
- EU researchers showcase their integrated and flexible smart irrigation system
- In the quest for a unified theory

The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English.

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Source: Based on information from the research*eu results magazine n°56

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