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  Super fast net just round the corner

Photo of article What can you get when you combine graphene with metallic nanostructures? Improved harvesting light by graphene, which could potentially lead to super-fast Internet, a new UK study shows. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, was funded in part by three EU projects: RODIN, GRAPHENE and NANOPOTS. RODIN ('Suspended graphene nanostructures') is backed under the Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and new Production Technologies (NMP) Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 2.85 million. The GRAPHENE ('Physics and applications of graphene') and NANOPOTS ('Nanotube based polymer optoelectronics') projects have received European Research Council Starting Grants worth EUR 1.78 million and EUR 1.8 million, respectively.

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Published: 27 September 2011

  Researchers prove safety of quantum cryptology

Photo of article Scientists in Belgium and Spain have proved for the first time that new systems of quantum cryptology are much safer than current security systems. EU support for the research came from the Q—ESSENCE ('Quantum interfaces, sensors and communication based on entanglement') project, which received nearly EUR 5 million from 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and from the PERCENT (‘Percolating entanglement and quantum information resources through quantum networks’) project, which was awarded EUR 700 000 as part of a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant under FP7. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.

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Published: 31 March 2011

  Speeding up wireless networks

Photo of article With the internet here to stay, Europe is striving to stay at the cutting edge of internet solutions technology and is fostering take-up in all areas of life, from government to business. As its application increases, so too have the numbers of people connecting to the internet. However access to internet connections that provide reliable and fast bandwidth remains a major issue for many users. A project funded under the Information Society Technologies (IST) thematic area of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), has found a way to quadruple the existing transmission rate of conventional networks from 54 megabytes per second (Mbps) to as much as 216 Mbps.

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Published: 3 April 2008

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