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Monday, 22 April 2013

EU launches 'pioneering' science projects

The 'Graphene’ and ‘human brain' initiatives are the winners of an EU €2bn competition for future and emerging technologies (FET), the European commission announced on April 15.
Each initiative involves researchers from at least 15 EU states and nearly 200 research institutes. Each project will receive €1bn over the next ten years, from the Commission research and innovation funding programmes, principally from the Horizon 2020 programme (2014-2020) - currently negotiated in European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
"Graphene" will investigate and exploit the properties of a revolutionary carbon-based material - the thinnest material, which conducts electricity better than copper, is 100-300 times stronger than steel, and has unique optical properties. The EC says the substance is to become the "wonder" material of the 21st century.
The "Human brain project" aims to create the world's largest experimental facility for developing the most detailed model of a brain. It will study how the human brain works, and try to develop treatments of neurological and related diseases.

Source: The Parliament

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