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Electrospinning – using 19th century technology to aid modern drug discovery

A small Oxfordshire company has adapted a 19th century technique to achieve a more naturalistic environment for growing cell lines for nanotechnology laboratory research. The...

Game-changing technologies for aerospace

Innovate UK is to invest up to £10 million in collaborative research and development and feasibility studies to accelerate the commercialisation of highly innovative technologies for civil...

Government commits up to £15 million to train the next generation of quantum engineers

The government has yesterday (23 March 2015) committed up to £15 million to train the next generation of quantum engineers who will build innovative new products like 6G smartphones. ...

New technique could bring quality-control tool for nanocomposites

Layered nanocomposites containing tiny structures mixed into a polymer matrix are gaining commercial use, but their complex nature can hide defects that affect performance.  ...

Imperfect Graphene Opens Door to Better Fuel Cells

The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the...

Supporting research most effectively - your views sought

The government has asked Sir Paul Nurse to lead an independent advisory group to review, together with research councils, how they can evolve to support research in the most effective ways. ...

Nano piano's lullaby could mean storage breakthrough

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated the first-ever recording of optically encoded audio onto a non-magnetic plasmonic nanostructure, opening the...

An artificial 'skin' that changes colour on demand

Engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change colour on demand, simply by applying a minute amount...

A new method for making perovskite solar cells

Researchers at Brown University have developed a new method for making solar cells from perovskite — a faster, more straightforward method that can produce flexible, high-efficiency,...

The Venturefest Program

During 2014 five Venturefest events took place in Yorkshire, Oxford, Wales, the North East and Manchester. In 2015 these will be joined by four more Venturefests in the East Midlands, West...

New degree apprenticeships announced - participating companies

The government has yesterday (12 March 2015) announced the roll-out of 9 new industry designed Degree Apprenticeships - an innovative new model bringing together the best of higher and...

Micro SMEs: advice and support from business leaders

Do you have an innovative idea about making better use of scarce resources, or reusing waste materials?   You could get support and advice from experts on how to take your...

Antibiotic nanoparticles attack respiratory infection and reduce drug side effects

Researchers from Germany, Brazil and France have shown that the use of nanoparticles to carry antibiotics across biological barriers can be effective in treating lung infections.   ...

New IPO finance toolkit

British businesses will benefit from a new  ‘IP Finance’ toolkit , advising on how to understand and present the value of their Intellectual Property (IP) to potential lenders. ...

NPL appoints new Chair - Dr David Grant CBE

On Thursday 12 March 2015, Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, visited the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).  Greg Clark talked to staff about the future...

Vince Cable appoints new Innovate UK chief executive

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced on 12 March the appointment of Ruth McKernan as the new chief executive of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.   Dr McKernan will take...

M-era.Net 2015 call update

M-era Net is an EU funded network which has been established to support and increase the coordination of European research programmes and related funding in materials science and...

Silk could be new 'green' material for next-generation batteries

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled many of today's electronics, from portable gadgets to electric cars. But much to the frustration of consumers, none of these batteries last long without a...

High performance, lightweight supercapacitor electrodes of the future

Researchers from the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India, have developed a novel supercapacitor electrode based on a hybrid nanostructure made from a hybrid nickel oxide-iron...

The chameleon reorganizes its nanocrystals to change colours

Many chameleons have the remarkable ability to exhibit complex and rapid colour changes during social interactions. A collaboration of scientists within the Sections of Biology and Physics of...
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