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Physics - 21.12.2015
Faster entanglement of distant quantum dots
Faster entanglement of distant quantum dots
Entanglement between distant quantum objects is an important ingredient for future information technologies. Researchers at the ETH have now developed a method with which such states can be created a thousand times faster than before. In many future information and telecommunication technologies, a remarkable quantum effect called entanglement will likely play an important role.

Physics - Materials Science - 18.12.2015
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
Spintronics, low-energy electricity take a step closer
18.12.15 - EPFL scientists have discovered a new topological insulator that could be used in future electronic technologies. Topological insulators are recently discovered materials that differ from the familiar insulators and semiconductors in many ways. While topological insulators are fascinating for fundamental physics, they could one day enable electricity with less energy loss, spintronics, and perhaps even quantum computing.

Physics - Innovation - 15.12.2015
The tiniest color picture ever printed
The tiniest color picture ever printed
Researchers of ETH Zurich and ETH start-up company Scrona achieve a new world record! They have printed a color picture depicting clown fishes around their sea anemone home.

Physics - Life Sciences - 11.12.2015
Diagnostics with birefringence
Diagnostics with birefringence
ETH researchers led by Raffaele Mezzenga have developed a new diagnostic method. It is based on Birefringence, the ability of substances to change the polarisation state of light. With this method, doctors around the world can easily, rapidly and reliably detect malaria, Ebola or HIV to name only a few.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 03.12.2015
Successful launch of LISA Path-finder
Successful launch of LISA Path-finder
After the successful lift-off of the Vega rocket in French Guiana, the LISA Pathfinder satellite uncoupled from its booster rocket at approximately 7.00 a.m. this morning. The satellite will spend the next 9 months floating in space. There it will enable scientists to test key measurement techniques for the detection of gravitational waves, which Albert Einstein predicted about 100 years ago in his general theory of relativity.

Physics - 26.11.2015
Surprising discovery of a new particle
Surprising discovery of a new particle
Studying peculiar properties of a long known metallic material researchers have chanced upon a new particle. It is related to the so-called Weyl fermions that the mathematician Hermann Weyl predicted almost ninety years ago. Weyl had overlooked the particle, which could have interesting applications in electronics.

Physics - Chemistry - 23.11.2015
Using light-force to study single molecules
Using light-force to study single molecules
23.11.15 - Scientists at EPFL show how a light-induced force can amplify the sensitivity and resolution of a technique used to study single molecules. When it comes to studying single molecules, scientists use a powerful technique called "surface-enhanced Raman scattering" (SERS). An extremely sensitive tool, SERS detects the vibrations within the atoms of the illuminated molecule as a change in light color.

Physics - Computer Science / Telecom - 20.11.2015
Two finalists in supercomputing
Two finalists in supercomputing
Every year at the SC conference, the Gordon Bell Prize is presented to recognise outstanding work in the field of high-performance computing.

Pharmacology - Physics - 17.11.2015
3D-mapping a new drug-delivery tool
3D-mapping a new drug-delivery tool
17.11.15 - Scientists from EPFL and Nestlé have developed a new method that can "see" inside dispersed cubosomes (dispersed cubic liquid crystalline phases) with unprecedented detail. The breakthrough can help to improve their design significantly for better drug or nutrient delivery. Cubosomes are small biological "capsules" that can deliver molecules of nutrients or drugs with high efficiency.

Physics - Life Sciences - 09.11.2015
Nanobodies from Camels Enable the Study of Organ Growth
Nanobodies from Camels Enable the Study of Organ Growth
Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have developed a new technique using nanobodies. Employing the so-called "Morphotrap", the distribution of the morphogen Dpp, which plays an important role in wing development, could be selectively manipulated and analyzed for the first time in the fruit fly.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 09.11.2015
“It's scarcely possible to grasp intuitively”
“It’s scarcely possible to grasp intuitively”
In November 1915, Albert Einstein presented four seminal publications that laid the foundation for the general theory of relativity. A symposium at ETH Zurich celebrates its 100th anniversary from 12 to 14 November. ETH News: Hans-Rudolf Ott, you are one of the organisers of the symposium on 100 years of the general theory of relativity.

Physics - 02.11.2015
Increasing vitamin D supplementation
Increasing vitamin D supplementation
Elderly women should take in more vitamin D than previously recommended during the winter months. Osteoporosis is one of the chief reasons why the elderly often suffer broken bones from relatively minor injuries.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 22.10.2015
Looking at the earliest galaxies
Looking at the earliest galaxies
22.10.15 - An international team of astronomers led by EPFL have discovered over 250 of the universe's earliest galaxies. This sample includes the faintest and smallest of the first-generation dwarf galaxies to be discovered, and offers important clues about the nature of the early universe.

Life Sciences - Physics - 14.10.2015
3D Structure of a Protein Complex Important for Immune Response
3D Structure of a Protein Complex Important for Immune Response
Our innate immune system rapidly eliminates invading pathogens. When a pathogen is detected in the body, the "inflammasome" protein complex initiates the defense response of the immune cells. By combining two high-resolution methods, researchers from the University of Basel's Biozentrum have now determined the atomic structure of an important part of the inflammasome.

Life Sciences - Physics - 14.10.2015
Looking at the brain with a geologist's
Looking at the brain with a geologist's "eye"
14.10.15 - Using a geologist's imaging tool, researchers have made unprecedented high-resolution images of how carbon atoms from glucose are integrated into brain cells, providing new insight and opening new doors into the fate of glucose in the brain. Glucose - a form of sugar - fuels the brain.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.10.2015
A resonator for electrons
A resonator for electrons
Resonators are an important tool in physics. The curved mirrors inside the resonators usually focus light waves that act, for instance, on atoms. Physicists at ETH Zurich have now managed to build a resonator for electrons and to direct the standing waves thus created onto an artificial atom. More than two thousand years ago the Greek inventor and philosopher Archimedes already came up with the idea of using a curved mirror to reflect light in such a way as to focus it into a point - legend has it that he used this technique to set fire to the ships of the Roman enemies.

Life Sciences - Physics - 01.10.2015
New DNA stain lights up living cells
New DNA stain lights up living cells
01.10.15 - EPFL scientists have developed a new DNA stain that can be used to image living cells.

Materials Science - Physics - 28.09.2015
Biomimetic dental prosthesis
Biomimetic dental prosthesis
ETH material researchers are developing a procedure that allows them to mimic the complex fine structure of biological composite materials, such as teeth or seashells. They can thus create synthetic materials that are as hard and tough as their natural counterparts. Cross section of the artificial tooth under an electron microscope: Ceramic platelets in the enamel are orientated vertically.

Chemistry - Physics - 23.09.2015
Water pathways make fuel cells more efficient
Water pathways make fuel cells more efficient
Researchers have developed a coating technique in the laboratory conditions that could raise the efficiency of fuel cells.

Physics - Electroengineering - 21.09.2015
Tiny magnets mimic steam, water and ice
Tiny magnets mimic steam, water and ice
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) created a synthetic material out of 1 billion tiny magnets. Astonishingly, it now appears that the magnetic properties of this so-called metamaterial change with the temperature, so that it can take on different states; just like water has a gaseous, liquid and a solid state.