How the Himalayan glaciers react to global warming

Press release 04/12/2023

An international research team led by the Institute of Polar Sciences and the Water Research Institute of the Cnr has discovered a surprising phenomenon: the increase in global temperatures has led the Himalayan glaciers to increasingly cool the air in contact with the frozen surface, mitigating temperatures locally. The study, carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, has just been published in Nature Geoscience and explains how this cooling, found throughout the Himalayan chain, could preserve permafrost and high-altitude ecosystems 

Beyond EPICA returns to Antarctica: the third deep drilling season has just started

Press release 22/11/2023

While the sun starts rising again in Antarctica, the Beyond EPICA 23/24 team has started the third drilling season in Little Dome C. Just a few kilometers away from Concordia Station, the remote camp of LDC will host researchers and technicians from Europe involved in the third ice core drilling campaign of the international research project Beyond EPICA, coordinated by the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy. By analyzing ice cores extracted from the deep ice in Antarctica, the project aims to obtain information dating back to 1.5 million years ago, regarding the evolution of temperature, the composition of the atmosphere, and the carbon cycle. A team of 16 people will work for two months in the middle of the Antarctic plateau, challenging extreme weather and time to reach the best results

Machu Picchu before Machu Picchu

Press release 07/11/2023

Recent investigations based on the integration of Earth observation technologies with a few trial trenches revealed the image of Machu Picchu before that the monumental architecture began to be built. These investigations unveiled that from a drainage basin it was transformed into a quarry, then into a plaza, until it became the masterpiece of Inca architecture that the whole world knows. This is what was discovered, combining remote sensing and geophysical surveys by as part of the international Itaca mission of Cnr in Peru

Shape the future of heritage science with your vote

News 11/11/2023

E-RIHS is the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, created to support the research community on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation, innovation and management. E-RIHS aims to support research on heritage interpretation, documentation, preservation, and management in Europe and beyond. To reinforce the E-RIHS identity, mission and vision E-RIHS needs your help to choose the perfect slogan. Participate in the survey and choose your favorite one. E-RIHS slogans at the showdown:

An EIC project for CO2 capture and its conversion into renewable fuels

News 24/11/2023

The project "Double-Active Membranes for a sustainable CO2 cycle" aims to investigate possible ways to convert the carbon dioxide emitted by industries into renewable fuels: it is one of the eight projects, among hundreds proposals submitted, funded by the European Innovation Council in the framework of the call “EIC Pathfinder Challenge: Carbon dioxide and nitrogen management and valorisation” and it is coordinated by the National Research Council of Italy 

Collective intelligence can help reduce medical misdiagnoses

Press release 24/10/2023

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (Istc) oft he National Research Council of Italy, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology developed a collective intelligence approach to increase the accuracy of medical diagnoses. Their work was recently presented in the journal PNAS

Maria Chiara Carrozza visited XFEL: collaboration and partnership strengthened

Institutional Area 25/10/2023

European XFEL warmly welcomed a distinguished shareholder delegation led by the president of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr) Maria Chiara Carrozza, and Pierluigi Campana, a member of the Executive Board of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (Infn). Cnr and Infn are the two Italian shareholders of European XFEL, and were also represented by Stefano Fabris, Head of the Physics department of Cnr and newly appointed delegate of the European XFEL Council, and Daniele Sertore from Infn, also member of the Council delegation

"JST and Italy’s national research council sign cooperation deal"

Press review 03/10/2023

On September 29th 2023 at the Embassy of Italy in Tokyo, Hashimoto Kazuhito, President of JST, and Prof. Maria Chiara Carrozza, President of Cnr, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between JST and CNR. The signing ceremony took place during President Carrozza’s visit to Japan. This MoC between JST and Cnr is expected to stimulate further cooperative activities between Japan and Italy, including international networking among researchers of the two countries

Cnr-Isp newsletter

Institutional Area

The e-newsletter of the Cnr Institute of Polar Sciences: in this issue, focus on the geographic North Pole expedition with the "ELENO" project; a report of the IV Ross Sea conference, and more

"Discovering the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs with deep learning"

Institutional Area

For the Cnr-Ifac Book series, a book exploring the application of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks to the field of ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs transliteration. Such tools belong to the broader field known as Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is probably today the most impacting and disruptive technology we are working on. In the field of ancient languages transliteration and translation, AI applications are just at the beginning, despite they are spreading faster day after day. Which will be the impact of such technology?

Cnr joined the ERC Visiting Fellowship Programme and ERC Mentoring Initiative

Institutional Area

The National Research Council of Italy (Cnr) supports its scientists and joined the ERC Visiting Fellowship Programme and ERC Mentoring Initiative. In the frame of the 2021 agreement between the European Research Council (ERC) and the National Research Council of Italy, Cnr  actively implement two key actions to support its scientists to apply at the ERC Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grant calls 2024 and 2025, in all scientific domains (Physical and Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities)


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Cnr-Isa is amongst the research partners of 'Stance4Health', a project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 with tha aim of developing a complete Smart Personalized Nutrition (SPN) service based on the use of mobile technologies as well as tailored food production that will optimize the gut microbiota activity and long-term consumer engagement