Latest European Science Foundation Stories
The long cherished goal of applying the strange properties of quantum mechanics to the macroscopic world we inhabit has been brought closer by a series of recent developments. The exciting progress was made in the important field of quantum optics and discussed recently at a high level conference organized by the European Science Foundation in collaboration with the Fonds zur FÃ¶rderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Ã–sterreich (FWF) and the Leopold-Franzens-UniversitÃ¤t...
It often turns out there is more to commonplace everyday events than meets the eye. The folding of paper, or fall of water droplets from a tap, are two such events, both of which involve the creation of singularities requiring sophisticated mathematical techniques to describe, analyse and predict. On the positive side, there is much in common between many such singular events across the whole range of scales, from microscopic interactions to the very formation of the universe itself during...
The future of fundamental physics research lies in observing the early universe and developing models that explain the new data obtained.
The goal of replacing electronics with optics for processing data in computers is coming closer through cutting edge European research into the mysterious properties of â€œfast and slowâ€ light. The long term aim is to boost processing speeds and data storage densities by several orders of magnitude and take the information technology industry into a new era, combining greatly improved performance with dramatically lower energy consumption.
A range of new technologies including genetic modification (GM) and RNA Interference are being deployed to improve the health of farm animals in a series of European and global initiatives. The ground was laid for a European platform to develop new treatments that exploit these technologies at a recent workshop organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF).
One of the great ongoing challenges of astrophysics, to find out how stars evolve and die, is to be tackled in an ambitious European research program.
Biological and medical research is on the threshold of a new era based on better understanding of how large organic molecules bind together and recognise each other.
Scientists in Sweden are developing new ways to grow brain cells in the laboratory that could one day be used to treat patients with Parkinsonâ€™s disease, an international conference of biologists organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF) was told last week.
Sugars were once credited with magical healing powers but are now seen like salt as an evil necessary in small doses but the cause of numerous diseases such as diabetes if taken in excess. Yet latest research suggests this view ignores the vital role played by more complex sugars.
Space exploration is about to enter a third age where nations will cooperate to explore the solar system.
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