Meta boost

The UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the major science public funding body, is to pump £2.5 million (more than $4.2 million) into research into metamaterials over the next five years at laboratories based at Imperial College London, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. Metamaterials have unusual properties not observed in natural materials, for example they can have a negative refractive index. Universities and Science Minister David Willetts is quoted as saying that, Advanced materials is one of the eight great technologies of the future with the potential to propel UK growth. This investment will help us to develop further applications for metamaterials and reap the benefits of advanced materials for the wider UK economy.