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Physics - 22.07.2010
Narrow nanoribbons for graphene transistors
Narrow nanoribbons for graphene transistors
Using a simple chemical method, researchers have succeeded for the first time in growing graphene ribbons just a few nanometers wide on specially prepared surfaces. Graphene ribbons are seen as highly promising candidates for electronic applications, as their properties can be varied according to their width and the shape of their edges .

Physics - 19.07.2010
Quasar acting as a cosmic lens
Quasar acting as a cosmic lens
Astrophysicists have for the first time observed a quasar that is located between the earth and a more distant galaxy and acts as a gravitational lens.

Physics - Chemistry - 08.07.2010
Protons - smaller than we thought
Protons - smaller than we thought
The proton - one of the smallest building blocks of all matter - is even smaller than previously assumed. As a consequence of this discovery, a correction will have to be made to either the quantum theory of how light and matter interact or to the value of the Rydberg Constant - i.e. an important change is needed to either the most precise theory in physics or the most precisely determined physical constant.

Mechanical Engineering - Electroengineering - 01.07.2010
Alcedo  the flying avalanche transceiver
Alcedo the flying avalanche transceiver
Today's trend in winter sports draws more and more people away from the designated slopes. Free riding and ski tours experience a massive boost in popularity.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.06.2010
Protein restores vision in blind animals
Protein restores vision in blind animals
Scientists restore vision in retinitis pigmentosa using an archaebacterial protein.

Environment - Life Sciences - 24.06.2010
Decline of freshwater species
Decline of freshwater species
The decline of biodiversity represents a loss of natural capital for future generations. Freshwater ecosystems are particularly affected, as they harbour disproportionately high levels of biodiversity.

Physics - 07.05.2010
No more blisters!
No more blisters!
Researchers have developed novel socks which reduce the chances of blisters forming on the wearer's feet.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.04.2010
One Molecule Opens the Door to New Treatments for Depression
One Molecule Opens the Door to New Treatments for Depression
There has been little progress in the way we treat depression and anxiety for over thirty years, but a recent study may open the door to new strategies.

Physics - 30.03.2010
First attempt at 7 TeV collisions in the LHC
First attempt at 7 TeV collisions in the LHC
With beams routinely circulating in the Large Hadron Collider at 3. TeV, the highest energy yet achieved in a particle accelerator, CERN has set the date for the start of the LHC research programme.

Physics - 19.03.2010
LHC sets new record to 3.5 TeV
LHC sets new record to 3.5 TeV
At just after 5:20 this morning, two 3. TeV proton beams successfully circulated in the Large Hadron Collider for the first time.

Physics - Mechanical Engineering - 18.03.2010
Clever Materials Just Bend
Clever Materials Just Bend
Those who witnessed the first takeoff of an Airbus A380 Superjumbo from Zurich airport at the end of January know that elegant is not the right word for the aircraft.

Life Sciences - Health - 03.03.2010
How the demons of dementia possess and damage brain cells
How the demons of dementia possess and damage brain cells
Alzheimer's disease currently affects more than 26 million people worldwide and estimates of up to four times as many sufferers by 2050 has made studying its causes a top priority for neuroscientists.

Economics - Administration - 16.02.2010
R&D expenditures by enterprises: sharp rise
R&D expenditures by enterprises: sharp rise
Private enterprises spent almost CHF 12 billion on research and development activities (R&D) they conducted in Switzerland in 2008.

Computer Science - 03.02.2010
New program to avoid bugs
New program to avoid bugs
A new approach for managing bugs in computer software has been develope. The latest version of the tool, available for free download, enables entire networks of computers to cooperate in order to collectively avoid the manifestations of bugs in software.

Computer Science - Physics - 25.01.2010
New record in magnetic tape data density
New record in magnetic tape data density
IBM researchers today announced they have demonstrated a world record in areal data density on linear magnetic tape — a significant update to one of the computer industry's most resilient, reliable and affordable data storage technologies.

Mathematics - Computer Science - 13.01.2010
New record in the area of prime number decomposition of cryptographically important numbers
New record in the area of prime number decomposition of cryptographically important numbers
An international team of scientistshas obtained the prime factors of the RSA challenge number RSA-768, using the Number Field Sieve.