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Health - Physics - 24.01.2022
New rapid test could detect coronavirus and flu simultaneously
New rapid test could detect coronavirus and flu simultaneously
Researchers from the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have developed a rapid test for Covid-19 with a novel functional principle.

Life Sciences - Health - 24.01.2022
'We generate tiny brains in the Petri dish'
’We generate tiny brains in the Petri dish’
Professor Verdon Taylor from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel studies the development of the brain from stem cells, including using animal-free methods. Here, he explains which research questions can be answered using this approach - and why animal experiments are still needed.

Health - Physics - 24.01.2022
New, better coronavirus rapid test
New, better coronavirus rapid test
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and the University of Basel have developed a rapid test for Covid-19.

Environment - Computer Science - 20.01.2022
Operating truck fleets with lowest possible emissions
Operating truck fleets with lowest possible emissions
The navigation software group HERE is taking over a software tool developed by Migros and Empa and making it available worldwide.

Architecture - Event - 19.01.2022

Economics / Business - Administration - 19.01.2022
A label for digital responsibility
With the launch of the Digital Trust Label, developed by the Swiss Digital Initiative with the help of EPFL experts, users can clearly identify trustworthy digital services.

Physics - Electroengineering - 18.01.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 17.01.2022
Bearing the animal in mind
Bearing the animal in mind
At the University of Basel, a large team of experts looks after the welfare of animals used in experiments. The aim is to minimize the stress placed on the animals. This is achieved by means of species-appropriate animal husbandry, careful planning of experiments and close monitoring of each animal.

Environment - Campus - 14.01.2022

Innovation - Architecture - 11.01.2022
Optimizing indoor temperatures - thanks to AI
The Empa spin-off viboo has developed a self-learning algorithm for controlling the indoor climate. This enables predictive cooling or heating of buildings, thus saving around one third of energy.

Computer Science - 11.01.2022
From Green- to Machinewashing: misleading information in the digital age
People today tend not to fall anymore for the unhealthy practice of organisations providing misleading information by about their societal and environmental responsibilities. Greenwashing techniques, which were first noticed in the 1960s, are in fact easier to identify and organisations are urged to 'come clean'.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.01.2022
'We think carefully about how many mice are necessary'
’We think carefully about how many mice are necessary’
Professor Alfred Zippelius, from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel, has been conducting experiments with mice for several years.

Health - Environment - 05.01.2022
Better use of office daylighting can improve people's well-being
Better use of office daylighting can improve people's well-being
A PhD candidate at EPFL studied the use of automated control systems for blinds and electric lighting to regulate the amount of daylight in an office, and found that such systems can cut a building's energy demand and stimulate occupants' circadian rhythms, improving their health and well-being.

Life Sciences - 23.12.2021
How neurons that wire together fire together
For amplifying sensory stimuli quickly and accurately, neuronal circuits require specific wiring. Some 70 years ago, the compelling idea that "neurons that fire together wire together" emerged. Yet, in computational models, neurons that wire together tend to succumb to an explosion of activity and instability not observed in neurobiology.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 23.12.2021
Climate and Soil Determine Distribution of Plant Traits
Climate and Soil Determine Distribution of Plant Traits
An international research team succeeded in identifying global factors that explain the diversity of form and function in plants. Led by the University of Zurich, the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena and the University of Leipzig, the researchers collected and analyzed plant data from around the world.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.12.2021
The battle of the SARS-CoV-2 variants: a winning approach
In order to fight the pandemic in the long term, it is crucial to understand why one variant prevails over another. An international study conducted by the Institute of Virology and Immunology and the University of Bern, in collaboration with the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut in Germany, has provided important answers by comparing the spread and transmission of different emerging variants in parallel.

Health - Psychology - 21.12.2021
Psychological stress and stress factors in vaccinated and unvaccinated people
Psychological stress and stress factors in vaccinated and unvaccinated people
The latest survey in the University of Basel's Swiss Corona Stress Study shows that psychological stress remains high during the pandemic.

Computer Science - 21.12.2021
Mind-controlled robots now one step closer
Mind-controlled robots now one step closer
Two EPFL research groups teamed up to develop a machine-learning program that can be connected to a human brain and used to command a robot.

Health - Innovation - 20.12.2021
KSB and PSI forge a common research path
KSB and PSI forge a common research path
Kantonsspital Baden (KSB) and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen are following the same research paths, which they have confirmed by signing a new cooperation agreement.

Health - 20.12.2021
'A necessary evil': Perceptions of masks in German-speaking Switzerland
’A necessary evil’: Perceptions of masks in German-speaking Switzerland
During the current pandemic, face masks have become part of everyday life. In many places their use is now a given.

Materials Science - Environment - 20.12.2021
Multifunctional construction elements lower buildings' energy needs
Multifunctional construction elements lower buildings' energy needs
Engineers at EPFL have studied the use of construction slabs that serve both as structural building elements and floor heating systems.

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.12.2021
Shoots and roots respond differently to climate change
Shoots and roots respond differently to climate change
A new synthesis conducted by a group of international scientists including Madhav P. Thakur from the University of Bern reveals mismatches between aboveand belowground plant phenology due to climate change.

Politics - 17.12.2021
Election Campaigning on Social Media: Tweet Style Can Determine Voters' Choice
Election Campaigning on Social Media: Tweet Style Can Determine Voters’ Choice
The way that politicians use social media can influence how they are perceived by voters. Policy-oriented messages contribute to a more professional impression, while too much private content can have a negative effect. These are the findings of a study conducted with the participation of the University of Basel.

Economics / Business - Innovation - 17.12.2021

Campus - Health - 17.12.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 16.12.2021
Gut bacteria aggravate adhesions after abdominal surgery
Gut bacteria aggravate adhesions after abdominal surgery
A multidisciplinary international research team led by Prof. Daniel Candinas and Prof. Deborah Stroka at Inselspital and the University of Bern has succeeded in providing important evidence: The researchers have been able to identify the initial cells and primary trigger leading to the formation of adhesions in the abdomen after operations contaminated by intestinal bacteria.

Environment - 16.12.2021
Rethinking Switzerland's built infrastructure
Rethinking Switzerland’s built infrastructure
Buildings, roads, railways, supply and disposal networks and much more: The entire Swiss built environment is as complex as its challenges for the future - due to climate change, natural hazards, population growth and other factors.

Environment - 16.12.2021

Innovation - Campus - 15.12.2021
Las Vegas breakthrough
Las Vegas breakthrough
Ultra-fast capsules in vacuum tubes: All around the world, companies and research institutes are working on "Hyperloop" concepts.

Materials Science - Innovation - 15.12.2021
Building lean pays off
Building lean pays off
Super-insulating materials such as aerogels are expensive. At the same time, they offer a powerful advantage: the thinner the insulation of a building, the larger its usable area.

Materials Science - Economics / Business - 15.12.2021
Silence on the tracks
Silence on the tracks
Noise barriers or improved wheel systems and brakes that are less noisy are not the only ways to reduce railway noise for close-by residents. An inconspicuous component under the tracks is a source of hope for a research team including scientists. Railway noise is unhealthy. Hundreds of millions of Swiss francs have already been invested in noise barriers, quieter braking systems and other measures with the goal to protect at least 80 percent of the Swiss population from emissions by the year 2025 - but because railway traffic will continue to increase, a lot remains to be done.

Transport - 15.12.2021
Speed limit 30 - less noise?
Speed limit 30 - less noise?
Kurt Heutschi, a senior scientist in Empa's Acoustics / Noise Control lab, explains what noise does and why we perceive sound so differently.

Materials Science - Health - 15.12.2021
In the heat of the wound
In the heat of the wound
A bandage that releases medication as soon as an infection starts in a wound could treat injuries more efficiently. researchers are currently working on polymer fibers that soften as soon as the environment heats up due to an infection, thereby releasing antimicrobial drugs. It is not possible to tell from the outside whether a wound will heal without problems under the dressing or whether bacteria will penetrate the injured tissue and ignite an inflammation.

Environment - Life Sciences - 15.12.2021
Brain study on how to slow down climate change
Brain study on how to slow down climate change
When it comes to climate-friendly behaviour, there is often a gap between what we want and what we actually do.

Environment - Mechanical Engineering - 15.12.2021
The combustion engine is not yet dead
The combustion engine is not yet dead
A lot has happened in 2021: In January, the Swiss government adopted the "Long-Term Climate Strategy for Switzerland" with the goal of net zero by 2050.

Materials Science - Health - 15.12.2021

Astronomy / Space Science - 14.12.2021
Two-year launch anniversary of CHEOPS
Two-year launch anniversary of CHEOPS
After two years in orbit, the CHEOPS space telescope has exceeded expectations. By reliably revealing details of some of the most fascinating exoplanets, it has quickly become a key instrument for astronomers in Europe and has led to fruitful collaborations throughout the continent.

Architecture - Health - 14.12.2021
Swiss lockdown especially stressful for women and students
Three EPFL studies on the effects of Switzerland's first COVID-19 lockdown have just been published. The research was based on a survey of Swiss residents carried out during the confinement, and illustrate how the restrictions caused higher stress levels and changed the way people view housing. The Swiss federal government put the country in lockdown from 16 March to 19 June 2020 in order to stem the rapid increase in COVID-19 infection rates.
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