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Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Research Funding : 14 February, 2014
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, more sustainable alternatives. The energy, automotive, aerospace, and construction industries, amongst others, will benefit from this investment.
 
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Research Funding : 29 August, 2013
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology Strategy Board, up to £25m in collaborative research and development projects for proposals that support the delivery of the priorities set out in the strategy.
 
Innovation Network for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials launches in Brussels
Research Funding : 03 April, 2013
The FP7-funded project CRM_InnoNet is hosting a workshop to launch the Innovation Network for Substitution of Critical Raw Materials on 15 April in Brussels. The CRM_InnoNet Innovation Network will be a proactive and dynamic network of key stakeholders from industry, academia and other organisations interested in the substitution of critical raw materials
 
Hexagonal alloys feature in key UK Government-sponsored Frontier Engineering funding
Research Funding : 18 March, 2013
New innovative engineering projects and an international partnership between the UK and US will bring leading engineers and scientists together to address some of the major engineering challenges facing the world.
 
Government and Industry Joint Strategy secures £2 billion investment for aerospace R&D
Research Funding : 18 March, 2013
This long term investment will be overseen by a new Aerospace Technology Institute - an industry-led body that will bring a national, single focus to research and facilities in the sector.
 
Materials Substitution for Safety, Security and Sustainability: expression of interest for UK research proposals
Research Funding : 15 March, 2013
EPSRC is inviting Expressions of Interest to bid into the call for research proposals in Materials Substitution for Safety, Security and Sustainability. The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the manufacturing challenges associated with novel replacements for materials that are scarce, difficult to source, expensive or deleterious to health and the environment.
 
Webinar briefing launches HITEA 2 Competition, seeking highly innovative technology enablers In aerospace
Research Funding : 13 February, 2013
The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5 million in collaborative research and development that encourages innovative solutions to some of the higher-risk challenges facing the UK aerospace industry. This competition will continue to focus on the development of innovative or disruptive solutions in high-risk technology areas with high potential identified in the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy roadmaps.
 
Development of Missile Technologies: call for proposals open for EUR14 million competition
Research Funding : 04 December, 2012
MCM ITP, the Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation & Technology Partnership, has launched a call for research proposals that will make use of the MCM ITP's EUR14 million research budget
 
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
Research Funding : 04 December, 2012
New technologies including ′smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
 
Lightweight polymer lens technology could give troops battlefield vision advantage
Research Funding : 04 December, 2012
Engineers have made a string of breakthroughs with their thin polymer lenses that would result in a significantly lighter set of combat specs for troops in the field.
 
MCM ITP annual call for proposals now open
Research Funding : 19 October, 2012
The MCM ITP programme is currently inviting proposals from industry and academia to start mid 2013.
 
M-era.Net announces €30m investment for projects in materials science and engineering
Research Funding : 21 September, 2012
M-era.Net, a European network of public funding organisations and funding programmes in materials science and engineering, is pleased to announce the first joint call for transnational projects. The call opened on 20 September 2012 and will invest an estimated total of €30m.
 
Strong feelings - Latest findings on pain sensitivity
Research Funding : 28 August, 2006
The recent discovery of the amplification of even low levels of pain has prompted the organisation of an upcoming symposium in Vienna on 'Risk Assessment in Pain Therapy'. This international expert meeting will aim to optimise pain therapy by taking account of this previously unknown phenomenon. As a result the findings of an Austrian Science Fund FWF project, which were recently published in SCIENCE, may soon be benefiting patients who suffering severe chronic pain.
 
How red apples mark a cognitive leap forward
Research Funding : 17 July, 2006
Children aged about four suddenly become capable of recognising that an object can be described differently depending on how it is viewed. This apparently simple skill requires cognitive changes that are not far enough advanced until then. A project carried out by the Department of Psychology at the University of Salzburg with support from the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) reached this finding.
 
No man is an Island
Research Funding : 07 July, 2006
The current issue of SCIENCE features an article on Simron Singh, a human ecologist and anthropologist, and his work on the Nicobar Islands both before and after the massive tsunami hit Southern Asia in December 2004. In the wake of the disaster, Singh was asked by tribal elders to help them rebuild their society. He helped in many ways and the Austrian Science Fund FWF supported some of his activities.
 
Effects could extend from base of food chain to native hunters
Research Funding : 11 June, 2006
Physical changes, including rising air and seawater temperatures and decreasing seasonal ice cover, appear to be the cause of a series of biological changes in the northern Bering Sea ecosystem that could have long-range and irreversible effects on the animals that live there and on the people who depend on them for their livelihoods.
 
New Crystal Sponge triples hydrogen storage
Research Funding : 11 June, 2006
In a step toward making cars that can run on hydrogen rather than gasoline a reality, chemists at UCLA and the University of Michigan have announced a new 'crystal sponge' material that can store in its pores nearly three times more hydrogen than any substance known previously.
 
New study raises questions about sustainability of metal resources
Research Funding : 11 June, 2006
Researchers studying supplies of copper, zinc and other metals have determined that these finite resources, even if recycled, may not meet the needs of the global population forever. According to the study, if all nations were to use the same services enjoyed in developed nations, even the full extraction of metals from the Earth's crust and extensive recycling programs may not meet future demand.
 
New process builds Electronics Into Optical Fiber
Research Funding : 10 June, 2006
Scientists from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have demonstrated a new way to combine microelectronics and optical fibers, a development that opens up potential applications in fields as diverse as medicine, computing and remote sensing.
 
New NSF aircraft to probe hazardous atmospheric whirlwinds
Research Funding : 10 June, 2006
Today, the nation's most-advanced research aircraft will take flight on its first science mission. Scientists aboard will study a severe type of atmospheric turbulence that forms near mountains and endangers planes flying in the vicinity.
 
New devices will enable a deeper and broader understanding of Earth's environment
Research Funding : 10 June, 2006
Humidity sensors monitor fire danger in remote areas. Nitrate sensors detect agricultural runoff in rivers and streams. Seismic monitors provide early warnings of earthquakes.
 
FWF project tackles football wanderers
Research Funding : 10 June, 2006
The creation of the first comprehensive database on foreign players in Austrian professional football has opened the way for academic study of the relationship between migration and football. The project concerned, which is being supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, not only takes a systematic look at 50 years of Austrian football history but is also addressing current debates.
 
New ultra-fast and ultra-versatile scanner takes chemical analysis to the field
Research Funding : 09 June, 2006
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new, ultra-fast chemical-analysis system, with potential applications that range from sniffing luggage for explosive residues to detecting molecular disease markers in urine samples.
 
Researchers discover molecular details for maintenance of genetic fitness
Research Funding : 09 June, 2006
New data suggest that molecular communication between the plant sexes is more complicated than originally thought. Plants, like animals, avoid inbreeding to maximize genetic diversity and the associated chances for survival. For decades, scientists have sought to fully understand the plant's molecular system for recognizing and rejecting 'self' so that inbreeding does not occur.
 
Discovery of small, rocky, extrasolar world suggests such planets may be common
Research Funding : 09 June, 2006
Using a relatively new planet-hunting technique that can spot worlds one-tenth the mass of our own, researchers have discovered a potentially rocky, icy body that may be the smallest planet yet found orbiting a star outside our solar system. The discovery suggests the technique, gravitational microlensing, may be an exceptional technology for finding distant planets with traits that could support life.
 
Novel application of MRI leads to new tools for online dissection of preserved fishes
Research Funding : 08 June, 2006
The same medical technology used to image brain tumors and torn knee ligaments is now taking the field of marine biology to a new dimension: anyone with Internet access will be able to look at fish as never before.
 
New analytical tools are giving researchers better insight into plant aromatics
Research Funding : 08 June, 2006
A trip to the neighborhood florist is proof positive that flowers have an array of scents to pique our senses, but researchers are also investigating the myriad other functions of these aromas--known to scientists as 'plant volatiles.' Typically liquid substances that evaporate easily at average temperatures, plant volatiles play important ecological roles from attracting pollinators to repulsing herbivores and from destroying microorganisms to dispersing seed.
 
Researchers sequenced the genomes of ocean microbes living in the Pacific ocean
Research Funding : 08 June, 2006
Scientists have sequenced and compared the genomes of planktonic microbes living throughout the water column in the Pacific Ocean. The pioneering study yielded insight into the specialization of microbial communities at each depth, ranging from 40 to more than 13,000 feet.
 
Computers say the last melting of Greenland's Ice sheet occured under conditions like today's
Research Funding : 07 June, 2006
Ice sheets covering both the Arctic and Antarctic could melt more quickly than expected this century, according to two studies that blend computer modeling with paleoclimate records. Led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Arizona, the studies show that by 2100, Arctic summers may be as warm as they were nearly 130,000 years ago when sea levels rose to 20 feet (6 meters) higher than they are today.
 
New instruments on Alaska's Augustine Volcano provide new insights into Volcanic processes
Research Funding : 07 June, 2006
As Alaska's Augustine Volcano erupts and sends a plume of ash more than 40,000 feet into the air, instruments on the ground are recording rumblings at the volcano's surface. The data collected will provide new insights into the inner workings of volcanoes along the Pacific rim.
 
Worldwide study reveals nature encourages diversity in tropical forests
Research Funding : 07 June, 2006
An analysis of seven tropical forests around the world has found that nature encourages species diversity by selecting for less common trees as the trees mature. The landmark study, which was conducted by 33 ecologists from 12 countries and published in this week's issue of the journal Science, conclusively demonstrates that diversity matters and has ecological importance to tropical forests.
 
Finding leads to new conclusions about marine environment
Research Funding : 06 June, 2006
New evidence from open-sea experiments shows there's a constant shuffling of genetic material going on among the ocean's tiny plankton. It happens via ocean-dwelling viruses, scientists report this week in the journal Science.
 
Scientists discover oldest-known and most-primitive Tyrannosaur
Research Funding : 06 June, 2006
Scientists have discovered a new genus and species of dinosaur, which is also the oldest-known and most-primitive tyrannosaur. Guanlong wucaii, the newly discovered dinosaur, was much smaller, however, than its gigantic and legendary relative, the 15-foot tall, 40-foot long Tyrannosaurus rex.
 
New polymer use may yield cheaper way to separate hydrogen from impurities
Research Funding : 06 June, 2006
Whether it's used in chemical laboratories or the fuel tanks of advanced automobiles, hydrogen is mostly produced from natural gas and other fossil fuels. However, to isolate the tiny hydrogen molecules, engineers must first remove impurities, and the currently available methods can require substantial equipment or toxic chemicals.
 
Virtual virus takes 100 days on supercomputer, 35 years on a desktop
Research Funding : 05 June, 2006
For the first time, researchers have visualized the changing atomic structure of a virus by calculating how each of the virus' one million atoms interacted with each other every femtosecond, or one-millionth-of-a-billionth of a second. A better understanding of viral structures and mechanisms may one day allow researchers to design improved strategies to combat viral infections in plants, animals and even humans.
 
New nstruments on a tower at NSF's Niwot Ridge LTER site in Colo. measure carbon dioxide
Research Funding : 05 June, 2006
A decrease in Rocky Mountain snowfall has slowed the release of heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas from forest soils into the atmosphere during the dead of winter, according to results of a new study.
 
New model explains sound before sight
Research Funding : 05 June, 2006
In most explosions, there's the flash and then the 'bang.' But in the exploding stars known as supernovae, it may be just the opposite. In fact, according to new computer simulations carried out by University of Arizona astronomer Adam Burrows and his colleagues, the bang actually makes the flash.
 
Using lasers to clear silicon surfaces could make for cheaper, better computer chips and solar cells
Research Funding : 04 June, 2006
Researchers have demonstrated a new laser-based technique for stripping hydrogen atoms from the surface of silicon, an advance that could significantly reduce the cost and improve the quality of computer chips, solar cells and a wide variety of other semiconductor devices.
 
New waterproof superglue may be strongest in nature
Research Funding : 04 June, 2006
The glue one species of water-loving bacteria uses to grip its surroundings may be the strongest natural adhesive known to science. If engineers can find a way to mass-produce the material, it could have uses in medicine, marine technology and a range of other applications.
 
Discovery could have fundamental implications for chemistry
Research Funding : 04 June, 2006
By using ultra-short laser pulses to spin a cyanide molecule like a propeller, chemists at the University of Southern California and Brown University have achieved the first known demonstration of near-frictionless motion in water. Although the discovery has no immediate practical use, says USC chemist Stephen Bradforth, 'it impacts how we think about the vast majority of chemical reactions', 90 percent of which take place in liquid solutions.
 
A gold nanoparticle coated with antisense DNA can disrupt protein production quite effectively
Research Funding : 03 June, 2006
By attaching strands of 'antisense' DNA to nanometer-scale particles made of gold, scientists at Northwestern University have significantly enhanced the strands' ability to suppress the production of dangerous proteins, such as those that cause cancer.
 
U.S.-Taiwan Constellation of Satellites Launched
Research Funding : 03 June, 2006
A globe-spanning constellation of six satellites expected to improve weather forecasts, monitor climate change, and enhance space weather research will head into orbit on Fri. April 14, 2006. Barring delays, a Minotaur rocket is scheduled to launch the array at 5:10 p.m. Pacific time from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central Calif. coast.
 
New key fits old lock
Research Funding : 03 June, 2006
Looking back in time some 450 million years, researchers at the University of Oregon have reconstructed the evolution of two hormone molecules and their 'receptors': the precisely shaped protein molecules that allow the body's cells to respond to the hormones.
 
Ancient plant provides clues to evolutionary mystery
Research Funding : 02 June, 2006
The plant species, Amborella trichopoda, which first appeared on Earth 130 million years ago, has a unique reproductive structure, evidence this so-called 'living fossil' may represent a crucial link between modern flowering plants and their predecessors.
 
Stunted plants may not soak up excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
Research Funding : 02 June, 2006
Earth's plant life will not be able to 'store' excess carbon from rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels as well as scientists once thought because plants likely cannot get enough nutrients, such as nitrogen, when there are higher levels of carbon dioxide, according to scientists publishing in this week's issue of the journal Nature.
 
New fossils fill the evolutionary gap between fish and land animals
Research Funding : 02 June, 2006
Working in rocks more than 375 million years old far above the Arctic Circle, paleontologists have discovered a remarkable new fossil species that represents the most compelling evidence yet of an intermediate stage between fish and early limbed animals.
 
The new algorithm analysizes gene chips to detect certain cancer genes
Research Funding : 01 June, 2006
Researchers at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences have developed a new algorithm that makes it much easier to detect certain cancer genes, and as a test, have applied it to map a set of tumor-suppressor genes involved in lung cancer.
 
New fossils link Ape-men to more primitive ancestors
Research Funding : 01 June, 2006
A team of scientists working in an eastern Ethiopian desert has discovered fossil bones and teeth from individuals they believe link the genus Australopithecus precursors of humans to a decidedly more ape-like animal of the genus Ardipithicus. Because the fossils were found in areas known to contain evidence of both older and younger specimens, the scientists say evidence of when the three hominid types existed will provide valuable information about human evolution.
 
New research aims to plug holes in Voice over Internet Protocol before they happen
Research Funding : 01 June, 2006
The National Science Foundation has issued four awards totaling $600,000 to the University of North Texas to lead a multi-university collaboration to develop a geographically distributed, secure test bed to analyze vulnerabilities in Voice over Internet Protocol, an increasingly popular technology that turns audio signals into digital data that can be transmitted over the Internet
 
Breakthrough study shows genetics underlie altruistic behavior in some lizards
Research Funding : 31 May, 2006
Scientists have reported the first direct evidence that cooperative behavior in side-blotched male lizards arises from their genes. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by University of California, Santa Cruz's Barry Sinervo and colleagues, represent some 20 years of research into the altruistic or 'self-sacrificing' behavior.
 
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