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Life Sciences - Health - 13.07.2016
A toxic quick-change artist
A toxic quick-change artist
Molecular biologists at the University of Bern have discovered a mechanism which enables a deadly toxin to penetrate and destroy human cells. Their findings can serve a rational framework for the design and development of new anti-toxin drugs. Pathogenic bacteria produce a variety of toxins in order to attack their hosts.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.07.2016
Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful anti-aging secret
Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful anti-aging secret
Pomegranates have proven their anti-aging potential: intestinal bacteria transform a molecule contained in the fruit with spectacular results. Although tests in humans are still underway, scientists have already published the initial promising results from animal studies Medicine. Are pomegranates really the superfood we've been led to believe will counteract the aging process? Up to now, scientific proof has been fairly weak.

Physics - Materials Science - 11.07.2016
Physicists Couple Distant Nuclear Spins Using a Single Electron
Physicists Couple Distant Nuclear Spins Using a Single Electron
For the first time, researchers at the University of Basel have coupled the nuclear spins of distant atoms using just a single electron. Three research groups from the Department of Physics took part in this complex experiment, the results of which have now been published Nanotechnology. In most materials, the nuclear spins of neighboring atoms have only a very weak effect on one another, as the tiny nuclei are located deep within the atoms.

Physics - Innovation - 08.07.2016
Graphene could revolutionize the internet of things
Graphene could revolutionize the internet of things
EPFL researchers have produced a tunable, graphene-based device that could significantly increase the speed and efficiency of wireless communication systems. Their system works at very high frequencies, delivering unprecedented results. Wireless come in many forms - such as mobile phones using 4G or 5G connectivity, GPS devices, and computers connected via Bluetooth to portable sensors - and operate in different frequency bands.

Computer Science - 07.07.2016
3D animation with the stroke of a pen
3D animation with the stroke of a pen
Mosketch, a software developed by Moka Studio and EPFL, lets you generate 3D animation without sophisticated training.

Chemistry - Pharmacology - 06.07.2016
Replacing oil with wood for the production of chemicals
Replacing oil with wood for the production of chemicals
Two research projects of the National Research Programme Resource Wood have developed new processes to replace petroleum with wood for the production of important chemicals.

Environment - 06.07.2016
A micro winery? that makes wine continuously
A micro winery? that makes wine continuously
An American professor, working in collaboration with EPFL, is developing a miniature device for producing wine non-stop and testing different fermentation processes.

Electroengineering - 05.07.2016
Using servers for home heating
Using servers for home heating
05. Summer Series on Student Projects - For his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, Karim Ziadé assessed the feasibility of putting data centers into residential buildings for heating purposes.

Environment - 01.07.2016
A new tool to ensure the safety of injecting CO2 underground
A new tool to ensure the safety of injecting CO2 underground
01. Sequestering carbon dioxide underground is likely to play a key role in meeting reduction targets set at the IPCC conference in Paris last year.

Life Sciences - Environment - 30.06.2016
Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals
Jasmonate-deficient tobacco plants attract herbivorous mammals
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Tobacco plants which lack the hormones responsible for nicotine production are feasted on by rabbits and other mammals. Coyote tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) produces a potent neurotoxic substance: nicotine. The production of nicotine is regulated by plant hormones called jasmonates.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.06.2016
Largest global psoriasis survey shows 84% of people face discrimination and humiliation because of their skin
Largest global psoriasis survey shows 84% of people face discrimination and humiliation because of their skin
Novartis today released new results from the largest global survey to date of people with psoriasis.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 29.06.2016
A new robot mimics vertebrate motion
A new robot mimics vertebrate motion
29. Based on X-ray videos, EPFL scientists have invented a new robot that mimics the way salamanders walk and swim with unprecedented detail: a tool for understanding the evolution of vertebrate locomotion. EPFL scientists have invented a new robot that mimics the gait of a salamander with unprecedented detail.

Physics - Innovation - 27.06.2016
Nano-watermark sorts fakes from genuines
Nano-watermark sorts fakes from genuines
27. Nanoga, an EPFL-based startup, has developed a technique for engraving a nanoscopic watermark onto glass or ceramic. Products with this watermark, which is invisible to the naked eye and only shows up under ultraviolet light, are impossible to counterfeit. With Nanoga's new way of combatting counterfeits, each product can be made unique without changing its appearance.

Computer Science - 24.06.2016
They have discovered the key to optimizing information transfer
They have discovered the key to optimizing information transfer
24. EPFL researchers have come up with a way to optimize information transfer, solving a problem that has confounded researchers for 60 years. Their breakthrough could enhance the quality of our , from smartphones to satellite transmissions and data storage. We all need to send and receive data, such as when ing a movie, saving photos to a hard drive and talking on the phone.

Chemistry - 24.06.2016
Energy from Sunlight: Further Steps towards Artificial Photosynthesis
Energy from Sunlight: Further Steps towards Artificial Photosynthesis
Chemists from the Universities of Basel and Zurich have come one step closer to generating energy from sunlight: for the first time, they were able to reproduce one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis with artificial molecules. Their Green plants are able to temporarily store electric charges after the absorption of sunlight by using a so-called molecular charge accumulator.

Environment - Innovation - 22.06.2016
Energy research in a vertical
Energy research in a vertical
In the district of the future, favors amongst neighbors will go much further than lending a lawnmower or giving some sugar for baking.

Health - Electroengineering - 20.06.2016
A tiny pump comes to the aid of weakened hearts
A tiny pump comes to the aid of weakened hearts
20. EPFL researchers have developed an innovative cardiac support system in the form of a small ring placed on the aorta.

Materials Science - 17.06.2016
Scientists solve a long-standing mystery about wear
Scientists solve a long-standing mystery about wear
17. It generates particulate-matter air pollution and degrades mechanical parts. Adhesive wear a major, yet poorly understood problem. Using simulations, researchers from EPFL offer new insights into what happens when seemingly smooth surfaces rub against each other. Adhesive wear can cause machine failure, particulate-matter air pollution, and many other societal woes.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 16.06.2016
Global ethane concentrations rising
Global ethane concentrations rising
Measurements at 49 sites all over the world show that, since 2010, long-declining global atmospheric ethane concentrations are on the uptick again in the Northern Hemisphere. The new study by an international team of researchers concluded that the rise was most likely largely due to greater oil and gas production in the US.

Astronomy / Space Science - 16.06.2016
CaSSIS sends first image of Mars
CaSSIS sends first image of Mars
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) The Mars Camera CaSSIS on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter captured its first images of the Red Planet this week.
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