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Astronomy - Sep 21
Astronomy
In the future, astronauts on long missions in space will have to take care of their own farming. But will that even work? An unusual experiment by Eawag researcher was designed to find some of the answers. Life on our planet has always been under the influence of gravity. But how would soils, plants and other organisms react in a zero-gravity situation? Scientists have been puzzling over this question since last decades until now, and Eawag hydrologist and soil physicist, Joaquin Jimenez-Martinez and his colleagues are also keen to understand how zero gravity affects soil processes.
Life Sciences - Sep 21
Life Sciences

Researchers stimulated the nerves of the amputated arm with signals very similar to the natural ones, succeeding in "imitating the colors" of the evoked sensations of the various types of receptors and related nerve fibers present in the fingertips of the hand.

Environment - Sep 20
Environment

EPFL researchers have developed floating, solar-powered robots to help protect Chile's water reservoirs.

Life Sciences - Sep 21
Life Sciences

Scientists from EPFL and the University of Geneva have discovered a "code" of architect genes that are expressed in specific combinations during the development of hands and fingers.

Medicine - Sep 19
Medicine

Patients with a rare disease, called narcolepsy, suffer of excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy.


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Physics / Materials Science - Earth Sciences - 17.12.2009
Astronomers find world with inhospitable atmosphere
Astronomers find world with inhospitable atmosphere
Astronomers have discovered the second super-Earth exoplanet for which they have determined the mass and radius, giving vital clues about its structure.

Computer Science / Telecom - Physics / Materials Science - 14.12.2009
More Powerful and Environmentally-Friendly Computers
More Powerful and Environmentally-Friendly Computers
Not so long ago, our computers had a single core which had to be boosted for performance - making each machine into a great central heating system.

Physics / Materials Science - 01.12.2009
LHC sets new world record
LHC sets new world record
CERN's Large Hadron Collider has today become the world's highest energy particle accelerator, having accelerated its twin beams of protons to an energy of 1.18 TeV in the early hours of the morning of 30 November.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 04.11.2009
The Entwined Destinies of Mankind and Leprosy Bacteria
The Entwined Destinies of Mankind and Leprosy Bacteria
Leprosy still affects hundreds of thousands of people today throughout the entire world. An international team headed by EPFL professor Stewart Cole has traced the history of the disease from ancient Egypt to today and in doing so has made a public health study essential for combating the disease.

Life Sciences - Medicine / Pharmacology - 29.10.2009
The mystery of odour-cued perception
The mystery of odour-cued perception
Odours are powerful stimulants for the human brain. Now, for the first time, researchers have succeeded in demonstrating that the evaluation of olfactory perceptions actually follows a very strict order.

Life Sciences - Medicine / Pharmacology - 07.10.2009
Retinal neurons do double duty
Retinal neurons do double duty
Scientists have identified a new neural circuit in the retina responsible for the detection of approaching objects.

Astronomy / Space Science - 24.09.2009
Switzerland has sent its first satellite into space
Switzerland has sent its first satellite into space
SwissCube, the first Swiss satellite in history—extremely small —has been successfully launched from the Sriharikota space station in India.

Life Sciences - Medicine / Pharmacology - 07.09.2009
Function of a microscopic network found
Function of a microscopic network found
Fifty years ago, a microscopic network of tubules was found in neurons. Its function was unknown.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Agronomy / Food Science - 02.09.2009
A new molecule to combat diabetes and obesity
A new molecule to combat diabetes and obesity
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, is increasing at an alarming state with more than 180 million people affected worldwide.

Life Sciences - 01.07.2009
Are freely availably scientific papers better disseminated?
Are freely availably scientific papers better disseminated? Many believe so, but recent research results present new evidence suggesting that the higher number of citations received by open access papers is mostly due to a difference in quality.

Astronomy / Space Science - 24.06.2009
A new technology revolutionizes solar cells
An international group of researchers has developed and tested a new generation of photovoltaic cells in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Social Sciences - 01.04.2009
Positive Effekte von Wein in Muttermilch
Positive Effekte von Wein in Muttermilch
Stillenden Müttern wird nahegelegt, auf alkoholhaltige Getränke zu verzichten. Nun zeigen aber neuste Forschungsergebnisse, dass Wein, der über die Muttermilch zu Säuglingen gelangt, positive Effekte auf die Säuglinge hat.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 20.03.2009
New Weapon to Fight Tuberculosis
BTZ043 is a new therapeutic agent to fight tuberculosis. Its target is an enzyme which produces the cell wall of the pathogenic bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Life Sciences - 20.02.2009
Darwins Ansatz weiterentwickelt
Embryologie und Paläontologie existierten bereits zu Darwins Zeiten. Der Zoologe und Paläobiologe Marcelo Sánchez hat die beiden Disziplinen verbunden und erforscht so die Evolution von Landwirbeltieren.

Social Sciences - Medicine / Pharmacology - 19.01.2009
Oxytocin improves human ability to recognize faces
Oxytocin, a hormone involved in child-birth and breast-feeding, helps people recognize familiar faces.