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  Study shows link between ancestor's brain and evolution

Photo of article Biologists recognised that the origin of a mouthful of jaws plays a critical role in our history of evolution but they were unable to use fossils to elucidate how. An international team of researchers suggests that the reorganisation of the brain and sense organs could shed light on the evolutionary success of vertebrates (animals with backbones). Presented in the journal Nature, the study takes a close look at the brain of a 400 million year old fossilised jawless fish, an evolutionary intermediate between the living jawless and jawed vertebrates. The research was partially funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

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Published: 3 October 2011

  Superconductors and X-ray beams: the drawing shapes

Photo of article An Italian-British team of scientists has succeeded in drawing superconducting shapes using an X-ray beam. Presented in the journal Nature Materials, the study shows how being able to create and control tiny superconducting structures could lead to innovative electronic devices. The research was funded in part by COMEPHS ('Controlling mesoscopic phase separation'), a project supported by the EU. COMEPHUS was backed under the 'Nanotechnologies and nanosciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials and new production processes and devices' (NMP) Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) to the tune of EUR 3.18 million.

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Published: 14 September 2011

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