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The Artificial Finger
The Artificial Finger Now European researchers of the projects NanoBioTact and NanoBioTouch delve deep into the mysteries of touch and have developed the first sensitive artificial finger .
A touchy feely artificial finger
A touchy feely artificial finger An artificial finger could benefit patients with a missing finger in many ways. The most obvious, would be to add sensory feedback to their prosthesis . In addition, remote surgery could also benefit from a well-functioning artificial finger.
Big Brother Watching Teens’ Diet and Play
Big Brother Watching Teens’ Diet and Play “The key factors we are interested in are food choice and physical activity ,” Wolfgang Ahrens, an epidemiologist from the University of Bremen , Germany tells youris.com.
The battle of the bulge
The battle of the bulge We know nutrients interact with gut cells , which dispatch chemical messengers – hormones– to the brain to signal “stomach full.” This messaging from our food to gut to brain is now being decoded to fight obesity.
Profile: Paul Finglas, food web mastermind
Profile: Paul Finglas, food web mastermind Managing research in Europe today requires a range of skills and abilities. Balancing aspects of scientific research, team management, logistics, dissemination and, sometimes, politics, is not an easy task.
Take your medicine – or is it just food?
Take your medicine – or is it just food? EU legislation distinguishes between plant food supplements and traditional herbal medicinal products , but this categorisation can vary between countries. This can lead to consumer confusion and regulatory inconsistency across Europe.
Calorie-light food for the insatiables
Calorie-light food for the insatiables Our attraction to foods bloated with energy has made excess body weight increasingly common, particularly in the West. Hence, people’s health has been affected.
Artificial Noses as Diseases Busters
Artificial Noses as Diseases Busters Artificial noses have, until now, been used to detect diseases such as urinary tract infection, Helicobacter pylori, tuberculosis, ear, nose and throat conditions and even lung cancer.
Juggling with air pollutant data
Juggling with air pollutant data New air pollutant emission targets have just been introduced in the EU. Chance of meeting these new targets has recently been tremendously improved by considerable progress on how emissions from different sources are measured and estimated.
Peer pressure helps cut households energy use
Peer pressure helps cut households energy use It was developed under the €2.88 million EU funded Digital Environment Home Energy Management System ( DEHEMS ) project. A number of plug-in home energy monitoring meters are already available on the market.
Clare Arkwright: "Fuelling hopes for unplugged power supplies"
Clare Arkwright: "Fuelling hopes for unplugged power supplies" If you have been left high and dry by your iPad battery and unable to recharge it, you see  the problem. High tech gadgets, electronic appliances and electric cars have a well-know downside: sooner or later, you need to look for a plug - and a power grid- to keep them alive.
New nanocarbon materials for biomedical uses will soon reach the market
New nanocarbon materials for biomedical uses will soon reach the market Prof. Steve Tennison, MAST Carbon’s director, has recently decided to establish a spin out company to commercialize biomedical carbons to the market.
Dr Robin Hickman: “To lower  CO2 emissions, act across policy areas, vehicle technologies and behaviours.”
Dr Robin Hickman: “To lower CO2 emissions, act across policy areas, vehicle technologies and behaviours.” You and colleagues have done research suggesting different ways to lower CO2 emissions in the transport sector.  What are the greatest challenges? We made the point that you have to act across a number of policy areas, including vehicle technologies and also travel behaviours.
New biomedical carbons: from Lab to Market
New biomedical carbons: from Lab to Market UK based MAST Carbon has received such service and its new biomedical carbons will soon reach the market through the EU-funded the ProNano project.
Nano Non-Stick Paint For Efficient Shipping
Nano Non-Stick Paint For Efficient Shipping These molecules have a curious relationship with water. One part of the molecule is hydrophilic, so it attracts water molecules. The other part is hydrophobic, so it pushes them away.
Innovative anti-biofouling technologies can make shipping more eco-friendly
Innovative anti-biofouling technologies can make shipping more eco-friendly Organisms, such as algae and barnacles, sticking to the lower structure of ships are increasing the required propulsive power. It is estimated that ships’ fuel consumption could be reduced by up to forty percent by removing those organisms.
Specialized invisible needles make us see surfaces at the nanoscale
Specialized invisible needles make us see surfaces at the nanoscale A cantilever is a very thin single needle currently used for quality control at the nanoscale, but to improve and speed up the process scientists are developing an array of needles, a cantilever array, functioning simultaneously.
The achievement of making an object totally invisible could speed things up
The achievement of making an object totally invisible could speed things up One of the brains behind the invisible cloak is Professor Sir John Pendry at Imperial College London. “The cloak design has been around since 2006 when David Smith and I published our paper, but the first implementations were for radar waves.
Struggling against the malaria parasite
Struggling against the malaria parasite This is a breakthrough in the struggle against the increasingly resistant malaria parasite and the search for improved drugs and effective vaccines.
The Plastic Trailer: a green revolution in transport
The Plastic Trailer: a green revolution in transport The new composite material contains double the volume of glass fibres compared to common composites and thus is extremely stabile.
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