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Computer Science - May 29
Computer Science
EPFL researchers have developed a new tool called USBFuzz, which they have already used to detect 26 vulnerabilities in the USB driver stacks of widely used operating systems including Linux, Windows, and macOS. USB driver stacks are components that help computers communicate with external devices via the Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection.
Electroengineering - May 28

A team of researchers has succeeded in using an electric current to directly control gene expression for the first time.

Health - May 28

It is not always possible to completely remove malignant brain tumors by surgery so that further treatment is necessary.


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Health - Social Sciences - 29.05.2020

Innovation - 28.05.2020
An EPFL lab designs new wooden pews for the Lausanne Cathedral
An EPFL lab designs new wooden pews for the Lausanne Cathedral
The Canton of Vaud has selected a technology developed by EPFL's IBOIS Laboratory for the construction of new pews for Lausanne's Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Life Sciences - 28.05.2020
Genetics of nuptial coloration facilitates the persistence of co-occurring species
Genetics of nuptial coloration facilitates the persistence of co-occurring species
Around 500 different cichlid species are found in Lake Victoria. According to a study by scientists at Eawag and Bern University, whether closely related species can persist within the same area depends on the effect sizes of individual genes underlying key mate-choice traits. In several eastern African lakes, an immense variety of cichlid species evolved within just a few thousand years.

Environment - 27.05.2020
Public parks guaranteeing sustainable well-being
Public parks guaranteeing sustainable well-being
An international team has demonstrated the fundamental importance of public parks based on nine «protected needs» that are essential for our well-being.

Pharmacology - Health - 27.05.2020
Novartis announces new late-breaking ofatumumab data at EAN demonstrating robust efficacy and safety in the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS)
Rapid and profound depletion of B-cells contributed to a halt in disease activity in RMS patients 1   A post hoc analysis showed 47.0% and 87.8% of patients treated with ofatumumab achi

Computer Science - Environment - 27.05.2020
Drawing a picture of the Earth's surface
Drawing a picture of the Earth’s surface
Jan Dirk Wegner uses artificial intelligence to research different aspects of the Earth's surface. In doing so, he hopes to help raise people's quality of life and protect the environment.

Health - Career - 26.05.2020
Migraine support in the workspace can significantly decrease the impact of the disease on affected employees
The patients that completed the Migraine Care pilot program reported over 50% reduction in migraine disability and a significant improvement in their patient activation measure after six months   Par

Computer Science - Health - 25.05.2020
Swiss tracing app goes on trial
Swiss tracing app goes on trial
Today sees the start of the pilot phase for the long-awaited tracing app jointly developed by teams at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne on behalf of the federal government.

Environment - Health - 25.05.2020
The next pandemic is coming, it’s time to take the ecological crisis seriously
126 Swiss researchers, including 6 from Eawag, want to draw the attention their Swiss compatriots to the scientific evidence showing the between the emergence of pandemics and human disturbance of the natural environment.

Health - 25.05.2020
Researchers review the health emergency response in Ticino
In March 2020, the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS), which is coordinated by the University of Lucerne, invited its partners - including USI - to think and work on ways current research efforts in

Economics / Business - 25.05.2020
The wholesale electricity market
USI Institute for Economic Research (IRE, Faculty of Economics) covers various areas, including the study of the evolution of electricity prices in Ticino, Switzerland and the European Union.

Computer Science - 22.05.2020
New and improved drone mapping software
New and improved drone mapping software
For his thesis, an EPFL PhD student has enhanced the accuracy and reliability of drone mapping - a technique that is gaining traction across many sectors of society.

Health - 20.05.2020
Coronavirus: religious services possible again, legal basis for SwissCovid app
Religious services can take place again as of the 28th May 2020. In order to achieve this, the various faith communities must develop protection concepts.

Environment - Health - 20.05.2020

Environment - Earth Sciences - 20.05.2020
"We need to study biodiversity in a more holistic way."
Catherine and Florian, the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is "Our solutions are in nature".

Economics / Business - Innovation - 19.05.2020

Health - Pharmacology - 19.05.2020

Media - 19.05.2020
How journalism is covering the COVID-19 pandemic around the world
USI European Journalism Observatory (EJO) has been mapping the impact of the pandemic on journalism in various countries around the world since March with a series of articles on this issue, all available here and constantly updated.

Health - 18.05.2020
Serological tests in Ticino: the first results
A project was launched to test on a voluntary basis those who are potentially more exposed to SARS-CoV-2: healthcare workers. From 16 April volunteers have been tested in Ticino for antibodies generated by the new coronavirus infection. Coordinated by the Clinical Trial Unit EOC (CTU-EOC), the project is carried out in collaboration with hospitals, COVID-19 centres in Ticino (Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale EOC and Moncucco Clinic), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, affiliated to USI) and Humabs BioMed (a subsidiary of Vir Biotechnology).

Economics / Business - Health - 18.05.2020
Economic scenarios for a post-Covid recovery
As we enter a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the gradual reopening of productive and commercial activities, many people are wondering if and how we will return to normal and, above all, if there will be an effective economic recovery ahead.

Health - 18.05.2020
Who chooses the path that data takes?
The Internet in its current form is outdated, believes Adrian Perrig. He's set on creating an Internet where society would regain more control.

Architecture - Environment - 18.05.2020
Experiments in the kitchen and architectural models in the sandpit
Experiments in the kitchen and architectural models in the sandpit
What happens when COVID-19 means architecture students have to get by without a workshop, electrical engineers without high-voltage laboratories and environmental scientists without field trips.

Health - Economics / Business - 14.05.2020

Environment - Economics / Business - 13.05.2020

Mechanical Engineering - Health - 12.05.2020
Creating a low-cost ventilator for all
Creating a low-cost ventilator for all
ETH Professor Kristina Shea and her team are busy developing a new ventilator. Their aim is to make it as inexpensive, modular and easy to use as possible - the ideal combination for any country that needs this medical device.

Media - Innovation - 12.05.2020
The virtual made real - new technology for the media of the future
Moving images in the newspaper as in Harry Potter, or digital weather forecasts in the Bern dialect? New media technology is transforming journalism.

Economics / Business - 11.05.2020
Market volatility and economic policy in the age of coronavirus
In the financial markets, volatility has never been as high as during the outbreak of Covid-19, which represents the classic 'Black Swan', or unexpected, event.

Health - Computer Science - 11.05.2020
EPFL Launches Center for Intelligent Systems
EPFL's new Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) will act as a research promotion platform for bringing together experts in machine learning, data science, computer vision, cyberphysical systems, and robotics.

Career - Innovation - 08.05.2020
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