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Life Sciences - Computer Science - 16.12.2022
What is life?
What is life?
We posed this question to researchers. In return, we got five intriguing answers from the perspectives of biomedicine, computer science, biology, robotics and philosophy. Life and death within us ''DNA is the building block of life. It contains all the information necessary for life, from reproduction and metabolism to growth and the ability to respond to stimuli.

Environment - Architecture - 16.12.2022

Environment - Religions - 16.12.2022

Campus - 16.12.2022
New approaches to waste management
New approaches to waste management
Students from ETH and the Ghanaian university KNUST came up with some creative solutions for sustainable waste management at the Rethinking Waste summer school, where knowledge sharing and intercultural exchange topped the agenda.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 16.12.2022
In search for the intelligent machine
In search for the intelligent machine
Elvis Nava teaches robots to carry out oral and written commands. To this end, he sends them to "training camps" where they learn to combine image, text and motion data.

Physics - Research Management - 15.12.2022
3.1 million in funding for new research projects at PSI
3.1 million in funding for new research projects at PSI
Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI are to receive two prestigious SNSF Starting Grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), amounting to 3.1 million Swiss francs.

Campus - Research Management - 15.12.2022

Physics - Research Management - 15.12.2022

Environment - Chemistry - 15.12.2022
Fewer and «greener» chemicals to protect biodiversity
Fewer and «greener» chemicals to protect biodiversity
Work is currently underway in Montreal at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) to negotiate a framework agreement to preserve biodiversity.

Career - Campus - 15.12.2022

Sport - Computer Science - 15.12.2022
Artificial intelligence deployed to enhance sports performance
Artificial intelligence deployed to enhance sports performance
Researchers have teamed up with Dartfish and the Lausanne Hockey Club to push the boundaries of sports-performance analysis by applying computer vision and machine-learning technology to action on the ice. While there's no substitute for long hours of training, sports video analysis has become a must-have in the race for medals.

Innovation - Microtechnics - 14.12.2022

Health - Pharmacology - 14.12.2022
More Precise Treatment
The LOOP Zurich research center combines expertise from ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the four university hospitals in Zurich with the aim of developing more personalized therapies.

Art and Design - Computer Science - 13.12.2022

Environment - Electroengineering - 13.12.2022
Security of supply and climate neutrality by 2050
Security of supply and climate neutrality by 2050
With a new project, Energy Future 2050, the Association of Swiss Electricity Companies VSE together with Empa shows based on various scenarios what Switzerland's energy supply could look like by 2050.

Environment - 13.12.2022
Blue-green infrastructure for liveable cities
Blue-green infrastructure for liveable cities
The Aqua Urbanica symposium, co-organised by Eawag, explored the question of what is needed to implement the sponge city concept.

Life Sciences - 13.12.2022
Time to part: how to produce sex cells with the right number of chromosomes
Time to part: how to produce sex cells with the right number of chromosomes
FMI researchers have honed in on a key process that happens when yeast cells divide to form gametes, which are the equivalents of human sperm and egg.

Architecture - Innovation - 13.12.2022
'Google Earth on steroids' gives a boost to urban development
’Google Earth on steroids’ gives a boost to urban development
Uzufly's technology uses aerial imaging to generate 3D models of cities and regions with advanced precision, enabling urban planners to incorporate full-scale designs of all types of architectural and urban structures.

Materials Science - Physics - 09.12.2022

Health - Life Sciences - 08.12.2022
Biomedical scientist named ETH's new Vice President for Research
Biomedical scientist named ETH’s new Vice President for Research
The ETH Board has appointed Christian Wolfrum as Vice President for Research at ETH Zurich effective 1 January 2023.

Physics - Innovation - 08.12.2022
New materials for the computer of the future
New materials for the computer of the future
Novel materials could revolutionise computer technology. Research conducted by scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI using the Swiss Light Source SLS has reached an important milestone along this path. Microchips are made from silicon and work on the physical principle of a semiconductor. Nothing has changed here since the first transistor was invented in 1947 in the Bell Labs in America.

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.12.2022

Architecture - History / Archeology - 07.12.2022
Chalets provide insight into our relationship with mountains
Chalets provide insight into our relationship with mountains
Chalets have been widely adopted as the standard form of architecture for mountain homes - but according to Patrick Giromini, an architect and lecturer at EPFL, it's worth taking a close look at why.

Administration - 06.12.2022
Beyond marketing - Are aid organizations with quality seals more trustworthy?
Christmas is a time for donating. As the end of the year approaches, donation requests from various aid organizations tumble in almost daily.

Economics - 05.12.2022
Conflicting Motives Govern Sense of Fairness
Conflicting Motives Govern Sense of Fairness
The perception that resources are unfairly distributed is at the root of many social conflicts. Researchers at the University of Zurich have investigated the motives influencing our perception of justice in resource distribution. They found that although people feel an aversion to inequality, they are also reluctant to harm others and to upend existing social hierarchies.

Economics - 05.12.2022
Credit risk and the consequences for corporate policies 
A new research project led by Professor Alberto Plazzi, director of the Master in Finance at USI Faculty of Economics, has received positive feedback from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF ).

Life Sciences - Physics - 05.12.2022
Mighty proteins keep DNA regions close for longer
Mighty proteins keep DNA regions close for longer
New work by FMI researchers shows that key proteins help to stabilize the interaction between otherwise highly dynamic DNA structures.

Computer Science - Administration - 02.12.2022
Confederation sets targets for the use of data science
The federal government wishes to use data science in a more targeted way in the future to support the government and the administration in their work.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 02.12.2022
A space telescope, please - but a sustainable one, if possible
A space telescope, please - but a sustainable one, if possible
Daniel Angerhausen believes that fundamental research is essential, especially in the current crisis.

Environment - 02.12.2022
Making knowledge practical and more transparent
Making knowledge practical and more transparent
How can the use of scientific knowledge be promoted in policy and practice to make plant protection more sustainable? An interdisciplinary study, in which five Swiss research institutions participated, identifies important hurdles and proposes a package of measures to overcome them. When it comes to plant protection, a wide range of actors are involved.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 01.12.2022
Soils bring life to settlements
Soils bring life to settlements
Healthy soils are essential for quality of life: they are the basis for agriculture, for trees, gardens and parks.

Economics - 01.12.2022
Thijs Defraeye appointed Special Professor at University of Wageningen
Thijs Defraeye appointed Special Professor at University of Wageningen
Empa researcher Thijs Defraeye has been appointed Special Professor Data and Simulations for Self-care Postharvest Fresh-food Supply Chains at the University of Wageningen's group of Food, Quality and Design.

Innovation - Politics - 30.11.2022
Sergio Mattarella al Politecnico
Sergio Mattarella al Politecnico
As part of a two-day state visit to Switzerland, the Italian President stopped off at ETH Zurich today in the company of President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis.

Economics - 30.11.2022
Study on insurers' online presence: size is not the decisive factor
Study on insurers’ online presence: size is not the decisive factor
HSLU study on insurers' online presence: size is not the decisive factor Anyone who thinks "the bigger the insurer, the better the online presence" is wrong, as a new study by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts shows. In fact, the size of the insurer, measured in terms of the respective balance sheet total, does not play a role - although larger insurers would tend to have a competitive advantage due to higher financial resources.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.11.2022
Feeding birds in winter
Feeding birds in winter
Many people want to feed their birds in winter. For birds, an extra food source is often welcome. However, to prevent this well-intentioned gesture from backfiring, feeding must be done properly.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.11.2022
Multiple sclerosis therapy improves gut flora
A medication used to treat MS also has a beneficial effect on the composition of the intestinal flora, according to researchers from the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel. Conversely, the gut flora also plays a role in which side effects occur during treatment with the medication.

Art and Design - 30.11.2022
Art created by computers
Art created by computers
Four students at ETH Zurich's Student Project House have launched "Generai", a platform that uses artificial intelligence to create works of art.

Physics - Innovation - 30.11.2022

Environment - Earth Sciences - 30.11.2022
A scout of the atmosphere
A scout of the atmosphere
Internationally recognized atmospheric scientist and Distinguished Senior Researcher at Empa: Dominik Brunner is a scientist who has explored his subject area from many angles - with a weatherproof motivation and curiosity that drives him to this day.