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Radio waves, microwaves, X-rays - electromagnetic radiation that we can't actually see is exploited in a number of familiar technologies. But there is still a lot of potential to unlock, notably in the terahertz part of the spectrum. An EU-funded project is conducting research into innovative semiconductors that could open up exciting new possibilities.
Published: 21 November 2017
The current phase of restoration of the Pisa Cathedral started 4 years ago, with workers using traditional restoration techniques. But this could soon change thanks to innovative materials being tested.
Published: 26 September 2017
A novel approach to analysing DNA for signs of mutation and disease is leading to highly accurate tests for early-stage cancer, antibiotic resistance and genetic disorders, potentially revolutionising diagnostic medicine and saving lives.
Published: 17 August 2017
A French SME has created the world's fastest and most sensitive infrared scientific camera with support from EU funding. Initially developed for astronomy, the technology is expected to find numerous applications in research and industry.
Published: 28 July 2017
Published: 16 February 2017
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