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Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.03.2016
Open-source microprocessor
Open-source microprocessor
In future, it will be easier and cheaper for developers at universities and SMEs to build wearable microelectronic devices and chips for the Internet of Things, thanks to the PULPino open-source processor, which has been developed at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.03.2016
Atomic Vibrations in Nanomaterials
Atomic Vibrations in Nanomaterials
Researchers at ETH have shown for the first time what happens to atomic vibrations when materials are nanosized and how this knowledge can be used to systematically engineer nanomaterials for different applications. All materials are made up of atoms, which vibrate. These vibrations, or "phonons", are responsible, for example, for how electric charge and heat is transported in materials.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
02.03.2016
Diabetes: a smart shoe to help reduce amputations
Diabetes: a smart shoe to help reduce amputations
02.03.16 - EPFL researchers have developed a shoe sole with valves that electronically control the pressure applied to the arch of the foot.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
29.02.2016
Stretchable electronics that quadruple in length
Stretchable electronics that quadruple in length
29.02.16 - EPFL researchers have developed conductive tracks that can be bent and stretched up to four times their original length. They could be used in artificial skin, connected clothing and on-body sensors. Conductive tracks are usually hard printed on a board. But those recently developed at EPFL are altogether different: they are almost as flexible as rubber and can be stretched up to four times their original length and in all directions.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.02.2016
A smart walking aid
A smart walking aid
Computer scientists and roboticists at ETH Zurich have developed a robotic walker that makes senior citizens more mobile.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
01.02.2016
Robotic Fingers with a Gentle Touch
Robotic Fingers with a Gentle Touch
01.02.16 - Soft electronics are changing the way robots can touch. EPFL Scientists have developed a new soft robotic gripper - made out of rubber and stretchable electrodes - that can bend and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper, taking robotics to a whole new level.
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
25.01.2016
Highly efficient heavy metal ions filter
Highly efficient heavy metal ions filter
ETH researchers have developed a new water filtration system that is superior to existing systems in many respects: it is extremely efficient at removing various toxic heavy metal ions and radioactive substances from water and can even be used in gold recovery.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
25.01.2016
Producing electrical power with cardboard, tape, and a pencil
Producing electrical power with cardboard, tape, and a pencil
A small device made from everyday materials can generate enough energy to power several diodes.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mathematics
20.01.2016
Charging an electric car as fast as filling a tank of gas
Charging an electric car as fast as filling a tank of gas
20.01.16 - Electric cars will be competitive when they can be charged in the time it takes to fill the gas tank.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
18.01.2016
Cheaper solar cells with 20.2% efficiency
Cheaper solar cells with 20.2% efficiency
<EPFL scientists have developed a solar-panel material that can cut down on photovoltaic costs while achieving competitive power-conversion efficiency of 20.2%.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
06.01.2016
Nanowalls for smartphones
Nanowalls for smartphones
Researchers at ETH Zurich have manufactured transparent electrodes for use in touchscreens using a novel nanoprinting process. The new electrodes are some of the most transparent and conductive that have ever been developed. From smartphones to the operating interfaces of ticket machines and cash dispensers, every touchscreen we use requires transparent electrodes: The devices' glass surface is coated with a barely visible pattern made of conductive material.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
18.12.2015
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
18.12.15 - EPFL scientists have discovered a new topological insulator that could be used in future electronic technologies. Topological insulators are recently discovered materials that differ from the familiar insulators and semiconductors in many ways. While topological insulators are fascinating for fundamental physics, they could one day enable electricity with less energy loss, spintronics, and perhaps even quantum computing.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.11.2015
Surprising discovery of a new particle
Surprising discovery of a new particle
Studying peculiar properties of a long known metallic material researchers have chanced upon a new particle. It is related to the so-called Weyl fermions that the mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted almost ninety years ago. Weyl had overlooked the particle, which could have interesting applications in electronics.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
10.11.2015
Going back in time to locate short circuits in power grids
Going back in time to locate short circuits in power grids
10.11.15 - EPFL researchers have come up with a method to determine the exact location of short circuits in a power grid. This is an important step towards operating complex power grid topologies that enable the massive integration of renewable energy resources. When a high-voltage power line is damaged by wind, ice or a tree, electricity utilities must quickly find the fault location and repair it to meet the power quality requirements or avoid cascade blackout.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.10.2015
An innovative response to the challenge of storing renewable energy
An innovative response to the challenge of storing renewable energy
26.10.15 - A system for managing and storing energy, developed by EPFL's Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory, has been inaugurated on the school's campus.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
04.09.2015
Adapting electricity demand to production. Not the other way around
04.09.15 - Instead of aligning energy production with consumption, wouldn't it be possible to make consumption adapt to the intermittency of renewable energies? François Vuille, director of development at the Energy Center, shares his thoughts. The clocks strike noon.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.03.2015
Light That Adapts to Your Needs Through the Eye of a Camera
Light That Adapts to Your Needs Through the Eye of a Camera
Researchers have developed a camera that sees like the human eye, providing clues about the sensation of visual comfort. The instrument could optimize natural and artificial lighting to constantly adapt to the needs of the user. How can we combine visual comfort with electrical energy savings? Light inside the home is a theme that has interested researchers for over a half century.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
06.03.2015
Heat Waves in Graphene
Heat Waves in Graphene
EPFL researchers have shed new light on the fundamental mechanisms of heat dissipation in graphene and other two-dimensional materials. They have shown that heat can propagate as a wave over very long distances. This is key information for engineering the electronics of tomorrow. In the race to miniaturize electronic components, researchers are challenged with a major problem: the smaller or the faster your device, the more challenging it is to cool it down.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
04.03.2015
Kids and robots learn to write together
Kids and robots learn to write together
Who is the teacher: the student or the machine? By showing a robot how to write letters, children improve their writing skills and gain self--confidence.
Astronomy - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
20.02.2015
SwissCube's longevity marks its success
SwissCube's longevity marks its success
Launched more than five years ago, the small Swiss satellite designed by EPFL and several other Universities of Applied Sciences, will soon have orbited the Earth 30'000 times.
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