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Life Sciences - Jan 21
Life Sciences
Reconstructing structure and function of a neuronal circuit The function of neuronal circuits is thought to be determined largely by specific connections between neurons. But this assumption has been difficult to test because the reconstruction of the synaptic connectivity of a neuronal circuit - its "wiring diagram" - is a major challenge.
Health - Jan 21
Health

UNIGE researchers have discovered a new gene that causes blindness and cardiomyopathy. They have also managed to halt the progression of eye disease and treat cardiac disease by administering a food supplement.

Environment - Jan 21
Environment

Concerns about climate change have given rise to a whole series of concepts that are widely used despite their lack of a concrete definition.


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Environment - Life Sciences - 21.01.2020
May we present: our employees from around the world
May we present: our employees from around the world
The series with Salome Mwaiko , Claire Aksamit , Tim Alexander , Rohini Athavale und Bernhard Wehrli was created as part of a photojournalism course that Christian Dinkel is tanking at the MAZ in Lucerne.

Pharmacology - Health - 21.01.2020
European Commission approves Roche’s Polivy for people with previously treated aggressive lymphoma
Novel combination regimen includes first-in-class antibody-drug conjugate that specifically targets CD79b Targeted off-the-shelf treatment provides much-needed new option for people with relapsed or

Microtechnics - Computer Science / Telecom - 21.01.2020
The robot that grips without touching
The robot that grips without touching
ETH Pioneer Fellow Marcel Schuck is developing a robotic gripper that can manipulate small and fragile objects without touching them. The technology is based on sound waves. The small installation that Marcel Schuck has assembled on his workbench is reminiscent of a school physics lesson: an arrangement, comprising two semi-spheres and resembling a pair of headphones, is connected to a circuit board carrying microchips.

Pharmacology - Health - 20.01.2020
Novartis announces EU approval of Mayzent (siponimod) for adult patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) with active disease
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG Mayzent (siponimod) is the first and only oral treatment specifically indicated for patients with secondary progressive multiple s

Business / Economics - 20.01.2020

Business / Economics - Life Sciences - 18.01.2020
The Myth of Dominant Thinking in Economics and Finance
The Myth of Dominant Thinking in Economics and Finance
Essere se stessi, che fatica! Teatro e medicina per conoscere la depressione Student association LPU - A debate on the sexual orientation discrimination referendum Formazione continua e aggiornamento

Philosophy - Environment - 17.01.2020
Ethics guidelines galore for AI - so now what?
Anna Jobin has investigated which ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence already exist, and finds that ethical AI is by no means merely a technical matter.

Life Sciences - Computer Science / Telecom - 15.01.2020
A brand new tool devoted to simplifying complex neuron models
A brand new tool devoted to simplifying complex neuron models
Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the EPFL Blue Brain Project have developed 'Neuron_Reduce', a new computational tool that provides the scientific community with a straightforward capability to simplify complex neuron models of any cell type and still faithfully preserve its input-output properties while significantly reducing simulation run-time.

Health - Pharmacology - 15.01.2020
Genome editing at the crossroads of scandal and cure
Genetic modification of babies in China one year ago was universally condemned. At the same time, CRISPR treatments are on their way into our clinics.

Business / Economics - Innovation - 14.01.2020
The Life Enhancing Technology
H2020 - Brokerage and Knowledge Event for Science with and for Society IOR SEMINAR "Challenges in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue sarcomas" Faculty of Biomedical Sciences SFI Master Class

Social Sciences - 13.01.2020

Politics - 13.01.2020
Preparing for the legislature
Preparing for the legislature
Separation of powers, foreign policy, economic policy and climate change - at a two-day event in the Bern region, ETH imparted expertise to newly elected parliamentarians.

Innovation - Environment - 10.01.2020
Let’s talk about system change
Sustainability By: Christoph Küffer It's 2020 and Christoph Kueffer is now into his fifth year of (almost) not flying.

Life Sciences - Computer Science / Telecom - 09.01.2020
The Computational Biology platform - Data scientists at the FMI
The Computational Biology platform - Data scientists at the FMI
Michael Stadler has been leading the FMI Computational Biology technology platform since 2008. In an interview, he explains how the platform is set up and how it supports the FMI research groups, he shares what he likes most about his job, and he talks about the future of computational biology.

Sport - Innovation - 09.01.2020
2020 Youth Olympic Games: a testing ground for new technologies
Almost 2,000 athletes aged 18 and under will descend on Lausanne and the surrounding area for the Youth Olympic Games.

Health - Pharmacology - 09.01.2020
One out of every two transplant recipients at risk of infection
One out of every two transplant recipients at risk of infection
Swiss researchers, including UNIGE, show that 50% of transplant recipients develop severe infections within a year of the operation, which can lead to death.

Pharmacology - Health - 09.01.2020
Novartis ligelizumab (QGE031) more effective than Xolair at inhibiting immunoglobulin E pathway responsible for chronic spontaneous urticaria
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG Data show ligelizumab binds to immunoglobulin E (IgE), a key driver of chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), with significantly hig

Environment - Event - 09.01.2020

Business / Economics - Computer Science / Telecom - 07.01.2020
Algorithmic pricing, are consumers being duped?
Algorithmic pricing, are consumers being duped?
Compiler Analysis for Hardware/Software Co-design and Optimization Faculty of Informatics Giornata di porte aperte alla mostra 'Koen Vanmechelen.

Computer Science / Telecom - Microtechnics - 07.01.2020
EPFL spin-off's tiny robots turn heads in Las Vegas
Yesterday evening, tiny robots developed by EPFL spin-off Foldaway Haptics were the center of attention at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Environment - 07.01.2020

Innovation - Environment - 06.01.2020

Earth Sciences - Mathematics - 01.01.2020

Life Sciences - Computer Science / Telecom - 30.12.2019
Celebrating a vintage year in 2019
EPFL held a series of events to mark its 50th anniversary throughout 2019. The past year also saw a host of scientific breakthroughs, ground-breaking initiatives, stunning achievements and notable wins.

Event - Innovation - 24.12.2019

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Materials Science - 20.12.2019
A three-year journey to break the world speed sailing record
A three-year journey to break the world speed sailing record
A team of EPFL alumni and students, working under the name SP80, are developing an innovative sailboat that could reach speeds of 150km/h.

Computer Science / Telecom - Media - 20.12.2019
Myths in Television, Myths on Television - Towards the "Rethinking Digital Myths" conference
Compiler Analysis for Hardware/Software Co-design and Optimization Faculty of Informatics Giornata di porte aperte alla mostra 'Koen Vanmechelen.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 20.12.2019

Environment - Social Sciences - 19.12.2019
How can we make residential neighborhoods more sustainable by 2050?
How can we make residential neighborhoods more sustainable by 2050?
If the aim of a 2,000 Watt Society is to be achieved, peri-urban residential neighborhoods - where the average single-family home consumes 6.5 times more power than that target - must adapt. An EPFL thesis, which has just been awarded a scholarly distinction, explores ways of hitting the target in Vaud canton, but which could also be applied to the whole of Switzerland.

Art and Design - Electroengineering - 18.12.2019

Life Sciences - Computer Science / Telecom - 18.12.2019
The elephant's trunk will inspire a revolutionary robot
The elephant’s trunk will inspire a revolutionary robot
An international team, including UNIGE, will analyse the African elephant's trunk, and its exceptional agility and versatility, to create a robot guided by touch.

Environment - Innovation - 18.12.2019

Mechanical Engineering - 18.12.2019

Linguistics / Literature - 17.12.2019
New rules for reading and publishing
New rules for reading and publishing
News By: ETH Library / From the editors swissuniversities' negotiations with publishing powerhouses Wiley and Elsevier regarding open access to publicly financed publications has resulted in an agreement for 2020.

Materials Science - Physics - 17.12.2019

Career - 17.12.2019
ETHZ: administrative investigation concluded
The administrative investigation into allegations in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering has shown that no laws were broken, although pressure was exerted on some doctoral students through employment contracts and there were errors in how some employment contracts were drawn up.

Environment - Business / Economics - 17.12.2019

Health - Social Sciences - 17.12.2019
Swiss Support to Healthcare Provision in Romania
Swiss Support to Healthcare Provision in Romania
From 2012-2019, Swiss TPH collaborated with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to assist in the Romanian integration process into the EU in the area of health systems strengthening.

Career - 17.12.2019
Evaluating the risks posed by deepfakes
EPFL's International Risk Governance Center (IRGC) has published one of the first comprehensive overviews of both the risks posed by deepfakes and the potential responses to them. The study aims to serve as a primer for countering the threat posed by deepfakes. A few weeks ago, French charity Solidarité Sida caused a sensation when it published a fake yet highly realistic video of Donald Trump proclaiming "AIDS is over" as part of an awareness-raising campaign.
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