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And the winners are … graphene and brains!

By Eileen De Guire / January 29, 2013

The European Union is backing graphene and brains with the award of two enormous research projects. Credit: EC. Peter called it. Last week he told us about hints that the European Commission, the executive body of the EU, was going to award big research programs to support research on graphene and the human brain. Yesterday,…

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News from the glass and refractory ceramics worlds

By P. Carlo Ratto / November 20, 2012

• A new way to make glass has been discovered by a collaboration of researchers at the Universities of Düsseldorf and Bristol using a method that controls how the atoms within a substance are arranged around each other. The research is published in Physical Review Letters. • On Sept. 27, 2012, the European Union General…

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / October 1, 2012

You probably already know there is some really interesting stuff going on in the materials field. Here is some of the latest: Project aims to convert waste into construction materials A project in Europe aims to convert urban and agricultural waste into high-performance products for the construction sector. These materials will be developed within the…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / October 11, 2011

Check ’em out: US firm uses solar power to recover oil reserves A new technology to increase oil production is being tested on one of US’s oldest oil fields in one of the largest demonstration projects of its kind. The new project was launched by Chevron Technology Ventures at the Coalinga Field in California. More…

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European Union trading farm subsidies for 45% increase in science funding

By / July 8, 2011

Credit: European Commission Despite the “austerity” thinking in some circles, this really seems like some logical strategic thinking (meaning, the thing about “strategies” is that it always involves smart allocation of scarce resources). From Nature: “[EU] spending on research and innovation would rise by about 45%, from €55 billion (US$80 billion) over the current 2007–13…

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Europe says it is ramping up its strategic materials plan

By / February 4, 2011

Wednesday the European Union announced a major new “vision” for dealing with strategic commodities and raw materials. The EU published a communication that lists 14 raw materials (antimony, beryllium, cobalt, fluorite, gallium, germanium, graphite, indium, magnesium, niobium, platinum metals, tantalum, tungsten and rare-earths) it has identified as being at a higher risk of supply interruption and…

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EU calls for €50 billion renewable energy investments

By / October 17, 2009

(via Rare Metals) The European Commission announced it is trying to assemble a joint effort by governments, nonprofits and businesses to develop the technologies to address climate change and a secure EU energy supply by 2020, while at the same time protecting the competitiveness of its nations’ economies. The Commission says this will require new…

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