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Technology relies on new ideas. And in recent decades, there has been an explosion of new ideas about materials just a fraction of the size of a human hair. Nanomaterials - materials on the scale of nanometres - promise to improve and even revolutionise products from electricity cables to personal electronics to solar panels.
Published: 9 February 2017
From invisible online markets, past border controls and straight to the consumer, fake pharmaceuticals are on the rise, but now a mix of anti-counterfeiting technology is helping halt the wave of fake drugs and their often lethal consequences.
Published: 24 January 2017
The EU-funded INVENTION project aims to develop a cost-effective approach that will boost the capacity of Europe's optical fibre network to handle the ever-increasing demand for high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming and cloud computing.
Published: 9 January 2017
Nanocarriers are tiny substances that can be used to transport other materials, such as drugs, to specific areas of the body. The EU-funded TARGETCARE project plans to use them to treat joint and intervertebral disc diseases - improving patients' mobility and quality of life.
Published: 19 December 2016
Super-strong threads of carbon atoms - known as nanofibres - promise a new generation of exceptional materials. When added to another material, the fibres bring an exciting combination of flexibility, strength, light weight and electrical conductivity. But while carbon fibres like these are finding a market in high-spec aeroplanes like the Airbus 320, high cost limit their wider adoption.
Published: 23 November 2016
Nanotechnology harnesses the power of the very small - just a fraction of the size of a human hair and too tiny to see with the naked eye - to make more effective devices, materials and medicines. Now researchers behind the SKHINCAPS project funded by the European Union want to use nanotechnologies to make smart clothing and cosmetics.
Published: 11 November 2016
Advances in nanomaterials hold the promise of new, better, more competitive products. The EU-funded 2DInterFOX project is seeking new insights into their behaviour - the results could help manufacturers develop new electronic and energy-related products, potentially boosting their competitiveness.
Published: 5 July 2016