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Environment - 06.02.2018
The ozone layer continues to thin
The vital ozone layer has continued to deplete in recent years over the densely populated mid-latitudes and tropics, while it is recovering at the poles. This is documented by an international research team in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The ozone layer protects life on earth from high-energy radiation.

Electroengineering - Physics - 05.02.2018
A revolutionary material for aerospace and neuromorphic computing
A revolutionary material for aerospace and neuromorphic computing
Vanadium dioxide's unique properties make it perfect for outperforming silicon and giving rise to a new generation of low-power electronic devices.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 05.02.2018
What the TRAPPIST-1 planets could look like
What the TRAPPIST-1 planets could look like
Researchers at the University of Bern are providing the most precise calculations so far of the masses of the seven planets around the star TRAPPIST-1. From this, new findings are emerging about their density and composition: All TRAPPIST-1 planets consist primarily of rock and contain up to five percent water.

Physics - Materials Science - 02.02.2018
Revealing the hidden path of perovskite formation
Revealing the hidden path of perovskite formation
EPFL scientists systematically study the path of the sequential deposition reaction used to build perovskite solar panels. The study is published in Science Advances and offers much-needed, fundamental understanding of perovskite formation and its different stages. Image:  Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image showing the formation of methylammonium lead iodide perovskite (CH3NH3PbI 3 ) by the reaction of lead iodide (PbI 2 ) films with methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I) solution for 2 seconds in the dark.

Earth Sciences - 01.02.2018

Life Sciences - Health - 01.02.2018
Electrochemistry flushes out antibiotic-resistant proteins
Electrochemistry flushes out antibiotic-resistant proteins
EPFL scientists, working in association with Valais Hospital in Sion and Fudan University in Shanghai, have developed a method for analyzing bacteria that - for the first time ever - lets doctors quickly see exactly which proteins are associated with antibiotic resistance. Some bacteria contain proteins that indicate resistance to antibiotics.

Health - Social Sciences - 01.02.2018
0.5 Percent of the Population Suffer from Severe Psychological Trauma
0.5 Percent of the Population Suffer from Severe Psychological Trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can sometimes occur in a particularly severe form, known as complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

Health - Pharmacology - 31.01.2018
Stealth Virus for Cancer Therapy
Stealth Virus for Cancer Therapy
Viruses have their own genetic material and can infect human cells in a very specific manner. They will then reproduce as directed by their own genes but using the resources of the host cell.

Health - 30.01.2018
Epidemics: the end of containment measures?
Limiting population movements during an epidemic outbreak may not always be the best approach. This type of response may adversely affect a society's ability to resume functioning normally, according to an EPFL study. When an epidemic outbreak - such as those caused by the H1N1, Zika or SARS viruses - takes place, containment measures may seem to be the most reasonable solution.

Materials Science - Health - 29.01.2018
A ski jacket that actively gets rid of
A ski jacket that actively gets rid of
To keep the body warm and dry during winter sports, high-performance clothing is a must. The demands on these textiles are high, as a person sweats up to one liter per hour on his upper body alone when skiing.

Physics - Environment - 29.01.2018
Using what's there
Using what’s there
At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers are looking for solutions that enable energy from the sun, the wind, or biomass to be efficiently integrated into the Swiss energy system. A city - let's call it Esiville - wants to become a trailblazer in sustainability and obtain its energy completely from sun, wind, and biomass.

Physics - Materials Science - 26.01.2018
Making lighter vehicles with magnesium alloys
Making lighter vehicles with magnesium alloys
EPFL researchers have developed models of magnesium alloys to understand how to make the metal more pliable. Magnesium is the lightest metal on earth but cannot easily be shaped into usable forms. The researchers hope that with the models will lead to the discovery of new, more malleable alloys, so that carmakers can make lighter vehicles that consume less energy.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.01.2018
Research across disciplines
Research across disciplines
Research at the University of Bern is being intensified: Networking projects from different subject areas are being supported with three new Interfaculty Research Cooperations IRC. The projects deal with the health of environment, animals and humans, with religious conflicts and with sleep. The University of Bern strikes a new path in research funding: With the Interfaculty Research Cooperations IRC, it is launching networking projects, each of which involves 8 to 13 research groups from different faculties and which are being specifically funded.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.01.2018
Leprosy's drug resistance and origin revealed by genome analysis
Leprosy's drug resistance and origin revealed by genome analysis
Scientists led by EPFL have isolated leprosy bacteria directly from human samples, and analyzed the purified genomes to identify mutations that confer drug resistance to the bacterium, as well as gain insights into the origins of the disease. The study is published , just ahead of the World Leprosy Day , 28th January 2018.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.01.2018
Unexpected Helpers in Wound Healing
Unexpected Helpers in Wound Healing
An essential step in skin wound healing is wound closure, which is why shortly after an injury occurs, blood coagulates and seals the wound.

Health - Pharmacology - 24.01.2018
Boosting cancer therapy with cross-dressed immune cells
Boosting cancer therapy with cross-dressed immune cells
Researchers at EPFL have created artificial molecules that can help the immune system to recognize and attack cancer tumors.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 23.01.2018
Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles
Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles
All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high altitudes. But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way?

Life Sciences - Health - 22.01.2018
Feedback enhances brainwave control of a novel hand-exoskeleton
Feedback enhances brainwave control of a novel hand-exoskeleton
EPFL scientists are developing a lightweight and portable hand exoskeleton that can be controlled with brainwaves. The device enhances performance of brain-machine interfaces and can restore functional grasps for the physically impaired. An extremely lightweight and portable hand exoskeleton may one day help the physically impaired with daily living.

Life Sciences - 22.01.2018
Combination of Resistance Genes Offers Better Protection for Wheat against Powdery Mildew
Combination of Resistance Genes Offers Better Protection for Wheat against Powdery Mildew
A decent wheat harvest requires robust wheat. However, wheat crops are often infected by fungal diseases such as powdery mildew. For several years now, UZH researchers have been investigating a wheat gene that confers resistance to powdery mildew ( Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici ). The gene, called the Pm3 resistance gene, exists in different variations, so called alleles.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 18.01.2018
A new, dynamic view of chromatin movements
A new, dynamic view of chromatin movements
In cells, proteins tightly package the long thread of DNA into pearl necklace-like complexes known as chromatin.
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