Optical fingerprints can reveal environmental gases

By Mia Halleröd Palmgren. Published on 25 April 2017 in:
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More efficient sensors are needed to be able to detect environmental pollution. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have proposed a new, sophisticated method of detecting molecules with sensors based on ultra-thin nanomaterials. The novel method could improve environmental sensing in the future. The results are published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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Police horses contribute to research in physics

By Mia Halleröd Palmgren. Published on 23 February 2017 in:
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Recently, fifteen police horses in Gothenburg, Sweden, have contributed to science. They have supported the development of a new method to detect damage in the hooves by using thermoelectric sensors. In the future, hopefully, this technique will be an attractive alternative to other diagnostic tools, for example X-rays.

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EPS Young Minds Take IBM’s Qubits for a Spin

By Christopher Sciacca. Published on 24 January 2017 in:
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This past May, IBM Research announced the Quantum Experience, an experimental cloud-enabled quantum computing platform. The technology essentially made 35 years of IBM’s quantum computing research available to students, researchers and general science enthusiasts, at the click of a button.

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Research project on the use of information in the innovation process

By Valerie Gray. Published on 20 October 2016 in:
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The mission statement of the European Patent Office (EPO) is that “we support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high quality and efficient services”. One of these services is “patent information”.

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Joint IOP-EPS scientific session at ESOF 2016

By e-EPS. Published on 23 May 2016 in:
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ESOF 2016, the seventh pan-European conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation, will take place from 23-27 July 2016 in Manchester, UK.

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Editorial – The Roadmap 2016 of the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)

By Giorgio Rossi. Published on 26 April 2016 in:
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From the launch event on September 25th 2014 in Trieste (IT) to the presentation of the Roadmap 2016 on March 1oth in Amsterdam (NL), ESFRI has carried out an important refinement of its method and has produced a new strategy document identifying new projects and consolidated landmarks as well as a thorough analysis of the European Landscape of Research Infrastructures accessible to European scientists and developers.

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Conference on the Gender Dimension in Science and Research

By EPWS. Published on 26 May 2015 in:
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How can we target and eliminate existing blind spots concerning the importance of sex and gender in science and research? How can the contribution and potential of the gender dimension to scientific excellence and innovation more purposefully be taken into account for the benefit of science and research as well as research policy at national and European level?

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Ancient books destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius ‘read’ for the very first time

By François Sette. Published on 23 April 2015 in:
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Writing that has lain undiscovered for centuries inside a scroll that was charred in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD has been uncovered for the first time. The text, which was written inside a so called ‘papyrus roll’ that was found in the only surviving ancient library, discovered in Herculaneum 260 years ago, has been examined using X-rays at the European Synchrotron, the ESRF. The result, by a team from the Italian CNR, the ESRF, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität, and the CNRS, was published in Nature Communications (20 January 2015). It offers new possibilities for deciphering hundreds of so far untouched texts, without the damage that can be caused by trying to open them.

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ELI-NP Centre in Bucharest visited by the President of Romania

By Victor Zamfir. Published on 23 April 2015 in:
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On February 19th, 2015 Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, paid a visit to the ELI-NP (Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics) Research Center under construction in Bucharest-Magurele, on the premises of the “HoriaHulubei” National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering. ELI-NP will create a new European laboratory to consistently investigate a very broad range of science domains, from new fields of fundamental physics, new nuclear physics and astrophysics topics to applications in material science, life sciences and nuclear materials management.

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Nanometres in 3D

By Paul Scherrer Institut/Paul Piwnicki. Published on 23 April 2015 in:
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Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich (Switzerland) have created 3D images of tiny objects showing details down to 25 nanometres (1 nanometre = 1 millionth of a millimetre). In addition to the shape, the scientists determined how particular chemical elements were distributed in their sample and whether these elements were in a chemical compound or in their pure state.

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The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

By EPFL. Published on 30 March 2015 in:
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Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first- ever snapshot of this dual behavior.
Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists …

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FAceS project – call for participation

By Isabell M. Welpe. Published on 30 March 2015 in:
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Since 1 March 2014, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the credit line “performance evaluation in science,” the project “The Many Faces of academic achievement and performance : “incentives for research and teaching “. The aim of this research project is to develop a set of quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure performance in research and teaching, and to analyse the intended and unintended consequences resulting from performance measures.
The FAceS research team needs the input from the scientific community in order to generate representative data.

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