Innovation news

EU companies must boost R&D investment to stay globally competitive

Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the previous year's 6.8%. It is also below the 2013 world average (4.9%), and lags behind companies based in the US (5%) and Japan (5.5%).


Meet Poppy, the open-source, 3D-printed robot set to inspire innovation in classrooms

Meet Poppy, the first completely open-source, 3D printed, humanoid robot (@poppy_project). Poppy is a robot that anybody can build and program. That means it's not just a tool for scientists and engineers: the team of developers aims to make it part of vocational training in schools, giving students the opportunity to experiment.


Lithuanian Scientists Are Developing Innovative Material Neutralization Methods

The whole world, including Lithuania, has accumulated large quantities of various harmful organic materials and waste: unusable pesticides, outdated pharmaceuticals, chemical products, etc. Many of these materials contain Cl, F, P, and Hg combinations, gradually decomposing themselves and forming new harmful compounds.

SOIbio: a Project to Develop Nanotechnology

The Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC) in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) is launching a new project, SOIbio, aimed at investigating hitherto poorly understood properties of light that occur in extremely small silicon structures, the production and exploration of which have only recently become available to a wider scientific circle. Application of these properties is very wide: from micro lasers, communication equipment, and data storage media to a variety of biological and environmental sensors.