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Physics / Materials Science - Innovation / Technology - 08.08.2018
Novel approach to coherent control of a three-level quantum system
Novel approach to coherent control of a three-level quantum system
For the first time, researchers were able to study quantum interference in a three-level quantum system and thereby control the behavior of individual electron spins. To this end, they used a novel nanostructure, in which a quantum system is integrated into a nanoscale mechanical oscillator in form of a diamond cantilever.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 16.07.2018
Forget joysticks, use your torso to pilot drones
Your torso is more intuitive - and more precise - than joysticks for piloting drones, both simulated and real, according to a recent study by EPFL scientists. Work is already underway to implement this new body-machine-interface technology for search and rescue with drones. Imagine piloting a drone using the movements of your torso only and leaving your head free to look around, much like a bird.

Transport - Innovation / Technology - 12.07.2018
Tailor-made asphalt
Tailor-made asphalt
The one ideal asphalt for all conditions does not exist: climatic conditions, traffic frequencies and loads place different demands on the pavement. Another challenge: preparing old asphalt so that it can be used for new pavements. Thanks to Empa researchers, the design of the ideal asphalt for every type of road has finally become easier.

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 26.06.2018
How to find signs of life in space
How to find signs of life in space
A series of new papers, that lay out strategies to search for signs of life beyond our solar system, assume that the detection of atmospheric signatures of a few potentially habitable planets may possibly come before 2030. Three years ago, NASA has gathered researchers from around the world to support and accelerate techniques to answer the question: Are we alone?

Astronomy / Space Science - Innovation / Technology - 25.06.2018
Where Medical Technology and Astrophysics Meet
Where Medical Technology and Astrophysics Meet
At the University of Bern, astrophysicists of the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) teamed up with medical technology researchers to develop a new method to analyse spectra of atmospheres of planets beyond our solar system. The unusual collaboration applied an artificial intelligence tool to study the chemistry of exoplanetary atmospheres.

Physics / Materials Science - Innovation / Technology - 14.06.2018
Tracking down the mystery of entangled particles of light
Tracking down the mystery of entangled particles of light
Bernese researchers have taken an important step towards new measurement methods such as quantum spectroscopy. In an experiment, they succeeded in uncovering part of the mystery surrounding the so-called "entangled photons" and gaining fine control on the measured correlations. Quantum technologies hold the promise to go beyond the capabilities of classical present technologies by making use of pure quantum phenomenon, such as "entangled particles".

Innovation / Technology - Physics / Materials Science - 11.06.2018
Silicon-perovskite solar cells achieve record efficiency of 25,2%
Silicon-perovskite solar cells achieve record efficiency of 25,2%
In Neuchâtel (Switzerland), researchers from EPFL and CSEM have combined siliconand perovskite-based solar cells. The resulting efficiency of 25.2% is a record for this type of tandem cell. Their innovative yet simple manufacturing technique could be directly integrated into existing production lines, and efficiency could eventually rise above 30%.

Innovation / Technology - 05.06.2018
Rules about Technology Use Can Undermine Academic Achievement
Rules about Technology Use Can Undermine Academic Achievement
Modern technologies such as computers, smartphones, TVs and gaming consoles are alleged to exert a variety of impacts, both positive and negative.

Innovation / Technology - Environment - 17.05.2018
Nine at one blow
Nine at one blow
Atmospheric pollutants put a strain on the environment and harbor health hazards for humans. The Empa spin-off MIRO Analytical Technologies developed a technology to simultaneously analyze nine greenhouse gases and pollutants with only one device and at an unprecedented speed and precision. Air pollution is a problem that affects us all.

Innovation / Technology - Environment - 17.05.2018
Nine in one swoop
Nine in one swoop
Atmospheric pollutants put a strain on the environment and harbor health hazards for humans. The Empa spin-off MIRO Analytical Technologies developed a technology to simultaneously analyze nine greenhouse gases and pollutants with only one device and at an unprecedented speed and precision. Air pollution is a problem that affects us all.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Innovation / Technology - 09.05.2018
Computer-Designed Customized Regenerative Heart Valves
Computer-Designed Customized Regenerative Heart Valves
Producing living tissue or organs based on human cells is one of the main research fields in regenerative medicine. Tissue engineering, which involves growing replacement parts in the laboratory, forms a key part of this research. The parts can be used to replace defective cells and tissues in the body and restore their normal functioning.

Medicine / Pharmacology - Innovation / Technology - 01.05.2018
Worms in high-tech housing replace laboratory mice
In an effort to improve drug, cosmetic and other chemical product tests, Nagi Bioscience has created a device that automatically grows, feeds, houses and analyzes laboratory worms. This invention will save researchers both time and money and sharply reduce the number of tests that require laboratory rondents.

Innovation / Technology - Agronomy / Food Science - 19.04.2018
Switzerland needs nationwide soil mapping
Switzerland needs nationwide soil mapping
To use soil sustainably calls for detailed information about its properties. However, this is lacking for large areas of Switzerland. The National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" (NRP 68) is proposing a "Swiss soil information platform" and showing how soil mapping can be expedited by using digital methods.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 09.04.2018
A new JPEG format for virtual reality, drones and self-driving cars
A new JPEG format for virtual reality, drones and self-driving cars
The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), an international committee headed by an EPFL professor, has just unveiled JPEG XS. With this new format, the image-compression process uses less energy, and higher-quality images can be sent with low latency over broadband networks like 5G. JPEG XS will have applications in areas such as virtual reality, augmented reality, space imagery, self-driving cars and professional movie editing.

Innovation / Technology - Medicine / Pharmacology - 05.04.2018
Using spent barley grain to lower the sugar content of certain foods
Using spent barley grain to lower the sugar content of certain foods
EPFL spin-off Embion Technologies has developed a soluble fiber powder made from barley residue from the beer-making process that can be used to reduce the sucrose content of a wide range of foods. This by-product also appears to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Life Sciences - Innovation / Technology - 26.03.2018
A smart car that can read brain signals
A smart car that can read brain signals
EPFL and Nissan researchers are able to read a driver's brain signals and send them to a smart vehicle so that it can anticipate the driver's moves and facilitate the driving process.

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 - 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 - Innovation / Technology - 29.01.2018
Using what's there
Using what’s there
At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers are looking for solutions that enable energy from the sun, the wind, or biomass to be efficiently integrated into the Swiss energy system. A city - let's call it Esiville - wants to become a trailblazer in sustainability and obtain its energy completely from sun, wind, and biomass.