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Environment - Earth Sciences - 28.08.2011
Simulations to protect the Valais
Simulations to protect the Valais
Scientists model sediment deposits carried by the Naviscence River in the Swiss Valais canton. They are simulating possible scenarios for the future of the Zinal ski area, which could be threatened by the river.

Environment - 25.08.2011
Unprecedented insight into cloud formation
Unprecedented insight into cloud formation
The CLOUD experiment has been designed to study the effect of cosmic rays on the formation of atmospheric aerosols - tiny liquid or solid particles suspended in the atmosphere - under controlled laboratory conditions. Atmospheric aerosols are thought to be responsible for a large fraction of the seeds that form cloud droplets.

Environment - Chemistry - 18.07.2011
Deep below the Deepwater Horizon
Deep below the Deepwater Horizon
For the first time, scientists gathered oil and gas directly as it escaped from a deep ocean wellhead — that of the damaged Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 11.07.2011
From raindrop to flood
From raindrop to flood
Scientists are starting a new field campaign in the Val Ferret. They're collecting data to study how the environment influences flood rates in mountain valleys. Predicting natural disasters in order to inform and warn populations residing in risk zones is a major challenge today. “Mathematical models exist, but they still don't take into account all the data that are needed to establish reliable predictions, such as the influence of air temperature, the formation of thermal winds or the impact of precipitation,? explains Professor Marc Parlange.

Physics - Environment - 07.07.2011
How will Swiss radioactive waste be disposed of?
How will Swiss radioactive waste be disposed of?
If Switzerland does indeed abandon nuclear energy within the time-frame announced by the Swiss Confederation, the question of the burial and disposal of the accumulated waste needs to be addressed.

Environment - 27.06.2011
Air quality sensors on city buses
Air quality sensors on city buses
Rather than installing stations on fixed towers, why not use mobile sensors spread out over the whole city to get better air quality measurements?

Environment - 09.06.2011
A Power Grid on a Chip
A Power Grid on a Chip
Researchers have developed a device only 4mm thick that can manage an urban power grid a thousand times faster than currently possible.

Environment - Administration - 27.05.2011
Underground waters resist forced depollution
Underground waters resist forced depollution
An experiment has demonstrated the role played by micro-organisms in the degradation - without oxygen - of a very common pollutant: vinyl chloride. The traces of human industrial activity persist deep inside the ground. And sometimes for a long time! In Switzerland alone, the Federal Office for the Environment records no less than 50,000 polluted sites, including 4000 that have been declared “contaminated? and require clean-up operations.

Electroengineering - Environment - 25.05.2011
Record efficiency for solar cells
Record efficiency for solar cells
Scientists have further boosted the energy conversion efficiency of flexible solar cells made of copper indium gallium (di)selenide (also known as CIGS) to a new world record of 18.7% - a significant improvement overt he previous record of 17.6% achieved by the same team in June 2010.

Environment - 02.02.2011
Intact roads for clean air
Intact roads for clean air
Road traffic is one of the main sources of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere, above all when the weather situation favors the creation of winter smog, as has been the case over the past few day in the Swiss “Mittelland?.

Environment - 24.01.2011
L’homme bouleverse le climat depuis des millénaires
L’homme bouleverse le climat depuis des millénaires
The Roman Conquest, the Black Death and the discovery of America - by modifying the nature of the forests - have had a significant impact on the environment.

History / Archeology - Environment - 13.01.2011
Climate impact on ancient societies
Climate impact on ancient societies
Annual-resolved European summer climate has, for the first time ever, been reconstructed over the past 2,500 years. Tree rings reveal possible links between past climate variability and changes in human history. Climate change coincided with periods of socioeconomic, cultural and political turmoil associated with the Barbarian Migrations, the Black Death and Thirty Years' War.

Environment - 04.01.2011
Corals provide evidence of Global Warming
Corals provide evidence of Global Warming
Examination of deep sea corals reveals that there have been drastic changes to oceanic currents in the western North Atlantic since the 1970s.

Environment - Chemistry - 30.11.2010
Formic acid in the engine
Formic acid in the engine
Do ants hold the key to the fuel of the future? Formic acid provides more efficient and safer storage of hydrogen.

Environment - 12.10.2010
Computer model to calculate noise levels
Computer model to calculate noise levels
Acoustic specialists have developed a computer model which allows to calculate noise levels along the entire Swiss rail network.

Environment - 11.10.2010
Reservoirs: a neglected source of methane emissions
Reservoirs: a neglected source of methane emissions
Substantial amounts of the greenhouse gas methane are released not only from large tropical reservoirs but also from run-of-the-river reservoirs in Switzerland, especially in the summer, when water temperatures are higher.

Environment - Electroengineering - 25.08.2010
Switzerland’s biggest solar energy park starts power generation
Switzerland’s biggest solar energy park starts power generation
The construction of the biggest Solar Park in Switzerland is taking shape as the first photovoltaic panels come on stream.

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.

Environment - 29.10.2008
Glacier en 1874 et en 2100
Une simulation numérique montre le glacier du Rhône tel qu'il était en 1874 et tel qu'il sera probablement en 2100.

Computer Science - Environment - 27.10.2008
Rhetorik analysiert: Obama vs McCain
Rhetorik analysiert: Obama vs McCain
Mit Hilfe eines Supercomputers durchleuchten zwei Zürcher Linguisten die Rhetorik der beiden Kandidaten für die US-Präsidentschaft.
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