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Composite materials have become increasingly important in improving our quality of life as they are widely used in flight vehicles, cars, boats, pipelines, buildings, roads, bridges, and dozens of other products. More and more, researchers are finding new ways to improve the numerous qualities of composites so they may be strong, lightweight, durable and cheap to produce.
Published: 2 December 2014
As far as medical research has come towards treating illness and injury, doctors and technicians have yet to develop an artificial hand that can give amputees the sensation of having a natural hand. This could be on the verge of changing. A team of EU-funded researchers has invented a prosthetic hand that has all the basic features of a real hand, and that amputees can actually feel.
Published: 28 November 2014
Chemists can help create a wide range of plastics from polymers, which are large molecule strings made of repeated sub-units. When chemists come up with a new idea for a plastic, it can sometimes involve a trial-and-error process of mixing elements in the laboratory. To assist with this, the European Union (EU)-funded NANOPOLY research fellows have developed a new software tool to model the polymer molecules on a nano-scale.
Published: 17 November 2014
An elixir of eternal youth may be the stuff of legend and beyond the reach of humans, but it is not such a fantasy in the world of art restoration, thanks to pioneering work being carried out in a project in the Italian city of Florence.
Published: 2 September 2014
Published: 18 June 2014
Developments in nanotechnology, achieved through the EU-funded IP NANOKER project, mean that new multifunctional materials can be manufactured at competitive prices. This has the potential to transform industries ranging from medicine to aeronautics.
Published: 11 June 2014
Imagine, instead of hitting 'Print' and watching a document slide out of your desktop printer, the end product is an aeroplane part, a hearing aid, a sculpture, or an artificial finger. As futuristic as this may sound, a technology known as 'additive manufacturing' is turning the improbable into the possible.
Published: 5 June 2014
Batteries and solar cells are today limited by their materials. An EU-funded team has developed a new family of hybrid nanomaterials. The results more powerful and greener batteries, plus more efficient solar cells are already making their way onto the market.
Published: 3 June 2014
A major consumer of time and money in the manufacturing of aircraft, motor vehicles, electronic equipment and other products is adapting assembly lines to produce different sizes, shapes and styles of such complex items. Work must stop along the line while machines are reconfigured to change how raw materials are cut, holes are drilled, and rivets are punched into place.
Published: 20 May 2014
An EU-funded project has developed the high-tech software, measuring devices, machinery and processes needed to produce personalised shoes quickly and efficiently. The results will help Europe's safety and sport shoe manufacturers innovate and stay competitive in a highly globalised world.
Published: 19 May 2014