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Physics - 25.08.2023
Unraveling complex systems: the Backtracking Method
Unraveling complex systems: the Backtracking Method
Scientists at EPFL and Charles University have developed a new method to analyze the dynamical, out-of-equilibrium properties of complex disordered systems, such as gold with magnetic impurities or opinions spreading on social media. In physics, a "disordered system" refers to a physical system whose components - e.g. its atoms - are not organized in any discernible way.

Physics - Environment - 24.08.2023
Computational Model Paves the Way for More Efficient Energy Systems
Computational Model Paves the Way for More Efficient Energy Systems
Researchers make theoretical breakthrough in thermoelectric material to better harness waste heat for sustainable energy. Around 70% of the energy we use in everyday life is wasted in the form of heat, produced by engines, factories, and electrical devices. However, researchers from EPFL's School of Engineering have made a significant theoretical step forward that could boost sustainable energy generation.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 21.08.2023
Robotic dog runs (almost) entirely on its own
Robotic dog runs (almost) entirely on its own
For his Master's project at EPFL, Mickaël Achkar compiled data on the movements of dogs to develop a robotic version of the animal that, once set in motion, can run without assistance. Engineers at EPFL's Computational Robot Design & Fabrication Lab (CREATE), headed by Prof. Josie Hughes, are coming up with new ways of building robots possessing never-before-seen capabilities.

Health - Innovation - 18.08.2023
A Lab-on-a-Chip for T cell screening and sorting
A Lab-on-a-Chip for T cell screening and sorting
Using high precision microfabrication and microfluidics, Clémentine Lipp has developed a tool with the potential to automate T cell screening and sorting-an essential task in immunology. Currently, it is a difficult and laborious process to place two cells in contact with each other to examine their binding characteristics.

Physics - 16.08.2023
A quantum leap in mechanical oscillator technology
A quantum leap in mechanical oscillator technology
Scientists at EPFL have successfully extended the quantum state lifetime of a mechanical oscillator, a development with vast implications for quantum computing and communication systems. Over the past decade, scientists have made tremendous progress in generating quantum phenomena in mechanical systems.

Environment - 09.08.2023
Capturing carbon where it is produced
Capturing carbon where it is produced
EPFL engineers propose a system-wide integration solution for carbon capturing and mineralisation in the cement production, steel manufacturing, and waste incineration sectors. EPFL engineers in Sion, Switzerland have demonstrated the potential for achieving net-zero and net-negative emissions in essential industrial sectors through the integration of carbon capture and mineralization directly into the industrial processes themselves.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.08.2023
How immunity contributes to ageing and neurodegeneration
How immunity contributes to ageing and neurodegeneration
Researchers at EPFL have found that a specific immune signaling pathway drives ageing-related inflammation and neurodegeneration. The work can help us understand the mechanisms behind ageing-associated impairment and disease. As we age, our bodies undergo various changes that can impact our overall health and make us more susceptible to diseases.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.08.2023
How the microbiome drives the evolution of immune defenses
How the microbiome drives the evolution of immune defenses
A new study from researchers at EPFL reveals how bacteria shape the immune system of fruit flies, shedding light on the evolution of host defenses against specific pathogens and beneficial microbes. Animals and humans coexist with a vast array of microorganisms known as the microbiome, forming an intricate relationship that can range from mutually beneficial to pathogenic.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.08.2023
Learning how to control HIV from African genomes
A study on almost 4000 people of African descent has identified a gene that acts as natural defense against HIV by limiting its replication in certain white blood cells. An international effort co-led by EPFL, Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory, and Imperial College London, it paves the way for new treatment strategies.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.08.2023
Organoids revolutionize research on respiratory infections
Organoids revolutionize research on respiratory infections
In a breakthrough for bioengineering, researchers at EPFL have developed organoids that can model the human respiratory tract. The organoids, called AirGels, allow them to uncover the mechanism by which antibiotic-resistant pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa infect the respiratory tract. Biofilms are highly resistant communities of bacteria that pose a major challenge in the treatment of infections.

Health - 27.07.2023
Exploring a new approach to treating collapsed airways in newborns
Exploring a new approach to treating collapsed airways in newborns
In collaboration with CHUV, EPFL engineers propose wrapping an adhesive hydrogel patch around a collapsed trachea for treatment of Tracheomalacia. Researchers at the EPFL have achieved a breakthrough in the treatment of tracheomalacia, a condition characterized by weak tracheal cartilage and muscles that normally keep the airway open for proper breathing.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 19.07.2023
Scientists gain insight into geothermal-technology induced seismicity
Scientists gain insight into geothermal-technology induced seismicity
Scientists have developed a model that sheds light on the seismic risks arising from subsurface fluid injections carried out as part of geothermal energy extraction. To support the shift to a carbon-free economy, energy producers are eagerly looking for ways to safely extract geothermal energy from deep underground.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 18.07.2023
Improving high-temperature stability of perovskite solar cells
Improving high-temperature stability of perovskite solar cells
Researchers have found a way to significantly improve the operational stability of perovskite solar cells at high temperatures, which is necessary for their use in terawatt power grids. Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have gained attention for their high power-conversion efficiencies and low-cost solution processing.

Life Sciences - Health - 14.07.2023
A Novel Biosensor for Detecting Neurogenerative Disease Protiens
A Novel Biosensor for Detecting Neurogenerative Disease Protiens
Researchers at EPFL introduce the highly-multidisciplinary, AI-enhanced, biosensing tool ImmunoSEIRA for the detection of misfolded proteins linked to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. By combining multiple advanced technologies into a single system, researchers have made a significant step forward in diagnosing neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs) such as Parkinson's disease (PD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Physics - Computer Science - 13.07.2023
An easier way to learn quantum processes
An easier way to learn quantum processes
Scientists show that even a few simple examples are enough for a quantum machine-learning model, the -quantum neural networks-, to learn and predict the behavior of quantum systems, bringing us closer to a new era of quantum computing. Imagine a world where computers can unravel the mysteries of quantum mechanics, enabling us to study the behavior of complex materials or simulate the intricate dynamics of molecules with unprecedented accuracy.

Health - Microtechnics - 07.07.2023
Robot Assisted Surgery: Four Arms Are Better Than Two
Robot Assisted Surgery: Four Arms Are Better Than Two
Researchers at EPFL have developed the first system that enables four-arm laparoscopic surgery by controlling two additional robotic arms via haptic foot interfaces. Roboticists at EPFL have combined multi-limb manipulation with advanced shared control augmentation for an unprecedented advance in the field of laparoscopic surgery.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 06.07.2023
Cracking the
Cracking the "tubulin code"
Tubulins are the building blocks of microtubules, which make up the cell's skeleton. A new method enables the detailed study of their role in diseases, including cancer. Tubulin is a protein that plays a crucial role in the structure and function of cells. It is the main component of microtubules, which are long, hollow fibers that provide structural support, help the cell divide, give it its shape, and act as tracks for moving molecular cargo around inside the cell.

Architecture - 05.07.2023
Sydney Opera House is still revealing its secrets as it turns 50
Sydney Opera House is still revealing its secrets as it turns 50
Paolo Tombesi has rewritten an important part of the history of this gem of Australian architecture.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.07.2023
Flowing fluids shape the social life of gut microbes
Flowing fluids shape the social life of gut microbes
A groundbreaking study reveals that the flow of fluids influences the spatial organization of bacterial communities that inhabit our intestines, revealing an overlooked factor potentially mediating our microbiome and gut health. Our gut is home to a diverse community of bacteria known as the gut microbiota.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.06.2023
An early predictor of cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease
An early predictor of cognitive decline in Parkinson's disease
EPFL neuroscientists say that early hallucinations disease indicate a greater risk of cognitive decline when there is a diagnosis of Parkinson's. Have you ever felt the strong sensation that someone is behind you, so intense that you turn around, only to see that no-one is there? This is a 'presence hallucination'.