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  image A dream about to come true RTD info 36
    Discovered in 1911 by the Dutch physicist Heike Kammerlingh Onnes, superconductivity – or the total elimination of resistance to the passage of an electric current in certain materials – is a truly exceptional phenomenon. In a sense, it is the realisation of the age-old human dream of perpetual motion. Dossier
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    What would a world be like where superconductive applications were commonplace? Dossier
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  image The long and winding road RTD info 36
    Until the 1986 milestone discovery of High Temperature Superconductors (HTS), scientific and technological progress on 'low temperature' superconductivity had followed a long and winding road – one that can offer insights into the challenges facing today's researchers. Dossier
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  image How to turn powder into 'wire' RTD info 36
    Changing powder into ‘wire’ is the simple yet infuriating puzzle that hundreds of high-tech laboratories worldwide have been grappling with for more than a decade. Dossier
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    Dozens of European academic and industrial laboratories have been working together for more than a decade on the challenges of HTS superconductors. The EU actively supports these joint efforts. Takis P. A. Ageladarakis, who is responsible for superconductive materials at Research DG, explains the thinking behind this choice of priorities. Dossier
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  The nano revolution 07/11/02

Mastering the arrangements between atoms to form nanosystems is leading to applications which herald a new and innovative age of technology.

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  A critical need for a European dimension 07/11/02

A concerted European approach is essential to achieve the major fundamental and applied research effort needed to make the most of the opportunities of the 'nano' age.

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  The revolution revs up 07/11/02

 

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  The crazy decade of sequencing 07/11/02

Yeast, the Bacillus subtilis bacteria, the Arabidopsis thaliana plant, mice… and then man - the sequencing adventure is only just beginning and the life sciences are entering the age of genomics.

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  The age of the researcher-entrepreneur 07/11/02

The 'cultural revolution' of the scientist business manager.

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  Investors in the long term 07/11/02

The increase in venture capital and the development of new stock markets are bringing interesting new opportunities for Europe's young high-tech companies.

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  A wealth of start-ups 07/11/02

Record growth for biotechnology.

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  Decision time for the Union 07/11/02

The Life sciences and biotechnology action plan.

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  The beauty of theory 07/11/02

A conversation with Gerard ‘t Hooft, 1999 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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  The correct use of mathematics 03/04/2002

Professor of the history of mathematics at the University of Rome's La Sapienza, Giorgio Israel is concerned about the way he believes mathematics is being hijacked by the technosciences.

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The mathematician who came in from the cold 11-04-01 

Winner of the 1998 Fields Medal - the mathematics 'Nobel' - Maxim Kontsevich is a member of the brilliant Russian school of mathematics which was scattered across the West following the collapse of the Soviet Union. We retrace the route of one of 'greater Europe's' masterminds who decided to stay. 

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Can cells repair the brain? 30-12-00 

If neurons die, then why not replace them? This is simple idea which proved remarkably effective when transplanting foetal neurons to sufferers from Parkinson's disease. Research is now turning its attention to finding new sources of neurons for transplantation, thereby making the treatment as widely available as possible.
 

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Genome: Accelerating into a new age 13-10-00 

The full sequencing of the human genome is being completed - spectacularly - 15 years ahead of the initial target date. An example of the formidable increase in the speed of modern genome research - due to the partnership between basic science and the computer - and of the fierce competition between public and private research which helped generate the momentum. This is a competition which also lies at the heart of the ethical debate on the 'ownership' of mankind's genetic heritage.
 

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Genome: European firsts 13-10-00 

At the same time as participating very actively in the international Human Genome Project, Europe has also been developing its expertise in all areas of genomic research into the living world. Over the past decade, European research programmes have supported many projects that have resulted in some spectacular 'firsts' - such as the sequencing of organisms including yeast, the bacteria Bacillus subtilis or the plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
 

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Fuzzy logic on the European test bed 24-01-00 

A strange frontier divides automation into two fields. On the one hand you have the engineers in South-East Asia who swear by "fuzzy" control. On the other, the European and US champions of automated systems based on traditional linear control. The Famimo project sets aside any such partisanship and puts the industrial promise of "fuzzy" systems to the test.
 

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Plasma conquering the textile industry 24-01-00 

European scientists and industrialists working on the Plasmatex project are on the point of demonstrating the feasibility of a technology of the future: textile processing using plasmas at atmospheric pressure. This development meets new needs in a sector where Europe is still very active.
 

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A quick way to measure 12-08-99 

New ellipsometer designs to assess metal surface properties.
 

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Nanotechnology - Blurring the Boundaries at the Atomic Scale 10-02-99 

The microelectronics industry's race for miniaturisation is fast approaching the realm of nanotechnology. A new, more multidisciplinary paradigm is required, with major implications for fields as diverse as microelectronics, quantum physics and biology.
 

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Nanotechnology - Drawing the Finest Line 10-02-99 

NANOWIRES project has developed key insights into the behaviour of molecule-sized wires in integrated circuits.
 

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Quantum technologies - Teleporting Talent Around Europe 23-07-98 

The research team which demonstrated quantum teleportation late last year was brought together through the Training and Mobility of Researchers (TMR) Programme. RTD Info met Anton Zeilinger, leader of both research group and TMR network, to see how this and other EC programmes are helping keep European talent in Europe.
 

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Serving research and society 01-01-98 

The JRC has a number of experimental facilities which are unique in Europe, devoted to developments at the very highest level. In this article we take a closer look at the Petten reactor and the Ispra cyclotron, two installations whose applications relate in particular to the latest developments in nuclear medicine.
 

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