Beyond EPICA: reached a depth of 808 meters in the Antarctic ice sheet

Press release 01/02/2023

The second drilling campaign of Beyond EPICA - Oldest Ice has been successfully completed. The international research project is funded by the European Commission with 11 million euros and coordinated by the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr). It aims to obtain data on the evolution of temperatures, the composition of the atmosphere and the carbon cycle, by going back in time 1.5 million years through analyzing an ice core extracted from the depths of the Antarctic ice sheet. The complex deep ice drilling system was installed quickly, kicking off drilling operations and reaching a depth of 808.47 meters by the end of this 22/23 campaign. At Concordia Station, a support team processed and cut the first 217 meters of the extracted ice core 

Costanza Toninelli, first researcher of Cnr-Ino, has received the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for the "QUINTESSEnCE"project"

Press note 31/01/2023

the researcher of the National Institute of Optics  - National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Ino), has received the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for the “QUantum INTErfaceS with SinglE MoleCulEs” project. The challenge is to exploit quantum effects in systems of increasing complexity such as molecules in the solid state, with the possibility of miniaturization and portability typical of integrated photonic devices

G6 joint declaration in favor of Human Rights safeguard in Iran

News 31/01/2023

Six of the major European multidisciplinary research organizations aggregated under the acronym G6, including the National Research Council of Italy, share and pursue the highest values of respect for the principles of freedom of expression, repudiation of all forms of violence and discrimination, defense of the fundamental human rights: in this frame. the G6 expresses dismay and bewilderment at the serious violations of human rights in Iran

A smart therapy to "switch off" tumors

Press release 09/01/2023

Reducing the growth of tumors through RNA molecules that can control genetic alterations in diseased cells and correct their defects: this is the result of an international study in which Italy also participated with three research institutes of the National Research Council of Italy

Emission of significant quantities of greenhouse gases from the perennially frozen ground has been detected in Antarctica

News 26/01/2023

In the Dry Valleys, peri-coastal areas of Antarctica, the degradation of permafrost (frozen ground) caused by global warming favours degassing phenomena that could extend along the over 24,000 km of coast of the Antarctic continent. This is what emerged from a study conducted within the SENECA project, funded by the National Antarctic Research Program and coordinated by the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV). The Institute of Environmental Geology and Geoengineering (Igag) of the National Research Council of Italy is among the research partners

A new light for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Press release 11/01/2023

A study by a team of researchers from the Biomolecular Chemistry Institute of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Icb) published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine reveals that the intestinal microbiota and its relationship with endocannabinoids are important players in counteracting inflammatory and muscle-degenerative processes such as those characterizing Duchenne muscular dystrophy 

War in Ukraine

Special 2022

After the pandemic, the war. An event that affects us firstly as human beings, then as Europeans but also as members of the scientific and information world. From the start of the conflict, the entire scientific network of the National Research Council was mobilised to give support and welcome students, researchers and lecturers but also to offer a contribution to sociopolitical analysis and reaffirm the message that science is the bearer of peace, friendship and collaboration

Boiling Mediterranean: Marine Protected Areas facing climate change - illustrated facts and ideas

Institutional Area

The sea between the lands, the cradle of world civilization, home to around 480 million people, is now under a severe threat due to human-induced global warming: Mediterranean waters are heating up three times faster than the global average. This book edited by Cnr edizioni illustrates some of the most tangible consequences of climate change and what this means for Mediterranean people

Pandemics: Coronavirus and beyond

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A pandemic is a natural catastrophic event, a gigantic, prolonged "earthquake": unpredictable, but with the certainty that sooner or later it will happen, yielding devastating health and socio-economic effects. What we are learning from the Covid-19 "earthquake"? The website promoted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Dsb) is facing some big questions about the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic


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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

Isp Newsletter

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A Special Issue of the newsletter of the Institute of Polar Sciences of the National Research Council of Italy devoted  to the celebration of 25 years at Dirigibile Italia, a protagonist of the Italian polar research in the Arctic region