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Life Sciences - Physics / Materials Science - 21.02.2018
New Interaction Mechanism of Proteins Discovered
New Interaction Mechanism of Proteins Discovered
Proteins are among the most important biomolecules and are the key mediators of molecular communication between and within cells. For two proteins to be able to bind, specific regions of their three-dimensional structure have to exactly match one another - like a key that fits into a lock. The structure of proteins is extremely important for their functioning and for triggering the required response in cells.

Life Sciences - Medicine / Pharmacology - 21.02.2018
New weakness discovered in the sleeping sickness pathogen
New weakness discovered in the sleeping sickness pathogen
Trypanosomes are single-celled parasites that cause diseases such as human African sleeping sickness and Nagana in animals. But they are also used in basic research as a model system to study fundamental biological questions. Researchers of the University of Bern have now investigated how trypanosomes equally distribute their ‘power plant' to the daughter cells during cell division.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 20.02.2018
National study to shed light on aging
McGill medical professor Christina Wolfson is one of the principal investigators for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, a long-term research project involving 50,000 participants from across the country (Photo: Owen Egan) by Brenda Branswell Source: McGill News Magazine Imagine getting a phone call asking if you'd like to take part in a study..

Medicine / Pharmacology - Innovation / Technology - 19.02.2018
Taking blood without a needle
Taking blood without a needle
EPFL-based startup Loop Medical is working on a needleless device to take pain-free blood samples at home.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 19.02.2018
A therapeutic approach inspired by nature
A therapeutic approach inspired by nature
T3 Pharmaceuticals AG - a startup from the University of Basel - genetically modifies bacteria and wants to use this to develop new cancer therapies.

Environment / Sustainable Development - 19.02.2018
Dispersal of Fish Eggs by Water Birds - Just a Myth?
Dispersal of Fish Eggs by Water Birds - Just a Myth?
How do fish end up in isolated bodies of water when they can't swim there themselves' For centuries, researchers have assumed that water birds transfer fish eggs into these waters - however, a systematic literature review by researchers at the University of Basel has shown that there is no evidence of this to date.

Medicine / Pharmacology - 16.02.2018
Novartis new data show Cosentyx improved quality of life over 5 years in two thirds of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis
Novartis new data show Cosentyx improved quality of life over 5 years in two thirds of patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis
Two thirds of patients on Cosentyx (secukinumab) reported no impact of skin disease on their quality of life over 5 years, SCULPTURE study shows   Findings show absolute PASI <=1/<=2/<=3 responses were sustained in those treated with Cosentyx from Year 1 to Year 5   Cosentyx is the first and only fully human interleukin-17A (IL-17A) inhibitor that showed sustained skin clearance rates at 5 years in patients from a psoriasis Phase III st

Business / Economics - 15.02.2018
Artificial intelligence can help you protect your personal data
Artificial intelligence can help you protect your personal data
It's a safe bet that some of the websites and apps you use collect and subsequently sell your personal data.

Physics / Materials Science - Art and Design - 15.02.2018
Sinfonia ai funghi
Sinfonia ai funghi
Do violins made of wood that had been treated with fungi sound the same as a fine, antique instrument? Acoustics experts at Empa are currently studying the body and soul of instruments made of "mycowood". Precision structure-borne sound measurements and psycho-acoustic tests with volunteers should reveal whether a fungal treatment can really improve an instrument.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Innovation / Technology - 15.02.2018
Improving Health of Children in Nigeria
Improving Health of Children in Nigeria
To improve diagnosis and treatment of children under five, Swiss TPH together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) developed the electronic decision support tool ALMANACH.

Innovation / Technology - Academic Rankings - 14.02.2018
Research influences innovation on a global scale
Research influences innovation on a global scale
How much impact does research carried out at individual universities have on innovation globally? To find out, a team of scientists from several schools developed a ranking system based on citations in patent literature. And on that score, EPFL sits in seventh place, just behind Stanford and above the California Institute of Technology.

Physics / Materials Science - Chemistry - 12.02.2018
Imaging at Paul Scherrer Intitute helps to increase production at ABB site in Aaargau
Imaging at Paul Scherrer Intitute helps to increase production at ABB site in Aaargau
The ABB facility in Wettingen, Aargau, got practical recommendations on increasing output in the manufacture of ceramic components. The ceramics in question are voltage-dependent resistors used in overvoltage protectors - a kind of lightning protection system - for example, in electrical transmission lines.

Business / Economics - 09.02.2018
Modeling human behavior with Airbnb
Modeling human behavior with Airbnb
Researchers at Idiap and EPFL have been working with psychologists to understand how people form first impressions from photos.

Life Sciences - Medicine / Pharmacology - 09.02.2018
Stem cell divisions in the adult brain seen for the first time
Stem cell divisions in the adult brain seen for the first time
The generation of new nerve cells was once thought to taper off at the end of embryonic development. However, recent research has shown that the adult brain can generate new nerve cells throughout life. One of the areas where this happens is the hippocampus, a brain structure that determines many types of learning and memory, deciding what is remembered and what is forgotten.

Business / Economics - 07.02.2018
Wage increases do not have a persistent effect on job satisfaction
Wage increases do not have a persistent effect on job satisfaction
After a wage increase, people tend to be more satisfied with their jobs - and even more so when what they have gained exceeds the wage increases of their colleagues. Yet, this effect on job satisfaction is not persistent. Two economists from University of Basel reported these findings in a study recently published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Environment / Sustainable Development - Medicine / Pharmacology - 07.02.2018
Confirming the risks of pesticide use in Burkina Faso
Confirming the risks of pesticide use in Burkina Faso
Poor pesticide practices in Burkina Faso pose a threat to human health and the environment. An EPFL thesis has quantified this problem for the first time through an analysis of soil, water, sediment, vegetable and hair samples. Small-scale vegetable growers in Burkina Faso are unfamiliar with the proper use of pesticides and end up exposing both people and the environment to serious contamination risks.

Earth Sciences - Chemistry - 06.02.2018
The ozone layer continues to thin
The vital ozone layer has continued to deplete in recent years over the densely populated mid-latitudes and tropics, while it is recovering at the poles. This is documented by an international research team in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. The ozone layer protects life on earth from high-energy radiation.

Electroengineering - Physics / Materials Science - 05.02.2018
A revolutionary material for aerospace and neuromorphic computing
A revolutionary material for aerospace and neuromorphic computing
Vanadium dioxide's unique properties make it perfect for outperforming silicon and giving rise to a new generation of low-power electronic devices.

Astronomy - 05.02.2018
What the TRAPPIST-1 planets could look like
What the TRAPPIST-1 planets could look like
Researchers at the University of Bern are providing the most precise calculations so far of the masses of the seven planets around the star TRAPPIST-1. From this, new findings are emerging about their density and composition: All TRAPPIST-1 planets consist primarily of rock and contain up to five percent water.
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