Maastricht Economic and social Research and  training centre on Innovation and Technology

Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods
Developing competence and specific skills to effectively perform evidence-based academic or policy-oriented research is essential for knowledge creation and decision-making, whether in business, government or civil society. The Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) course, offered by UNU-MERIT aims to equip participants with the fundamental tools for designing and analysing evidence-based research.

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    They have developed a material that promises to protect astronauts from harmful radiation, as well as practical uses closer to home.

    ANU researchers have dubbed their invention a 'smart mirror', and all that is needed for it to change is an adjustment to its temperature. The mirror consists of many dielectric nanoparticles which are carefully designed and arranged within a single layer. The layer of nanoparticles are spread so thin that they are just 0.00005 of a millimetre apart.

    Until now, optical silicates have only achieved one function. But with a switch in heat, the new one promises to transform - to either absorb, reflect or emit light and radiation. The film is thin enough to coat a pin head hundreds of times, and could be applied to any surface, such as a spacesuit.

    ABC Net    July 05, 2017