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Life Sciences - May 25
Plant products ingested by pregnant women through their diet are broken down by the intestinal microbiota into chemical substances, some of which can cross the placental barrier and reach the fetus. These foreign substances can harm the unborn child, even if they are of "natural origin". Researchers at the Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR) at the University of Bern and Inselspital, University Hospital Bern, therefore warn against underestimating the effects of such substances.
Life Sciences - May 25

Claudia Magrin and Martina Sola are two researchers in neuroscience and PhD students at USI. They both work at the Laboratory for biomedical neurosciences of the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, in the research group led by Dr. Paolo Paganetti.

Physics - May 25

Atomically thin layers of the semimetal tungsten ditelluride conduct electricity losslessly along narrow, one-dimensional channels at the crystal edges.


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Computer Science - Health - 25.05.2020
Swiss tracing app goes on trial
Swiss tracing app goes on trial
Today sees the start of the pilot phase for the long-awaited tracing app jointly developed by teams at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne on behalf of the federal government.

Environment - Health - 25.05.2020
The next pandemic is coming, it’s time to take the ecological crisis seriously
126 Swiss researchers, including 6 from Eawag, want to draw the attention their Swiss compatriots to the scientific evidence showing the between the emergence of pandemics and human disturbance of the natural environment.

Health - 25.05.2020
Researchers review the health emergency response in Ticino
In March 2020, the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS), which is coordinated by the University of Lucerne, invited its partners - including USI - to think and work on ways current research efforts in

Economics / Business - 25.05.2020
The wholesale electricity market
USI Institute for Economic Research (IRE, Faculty of Economics) covers various areas, including the study of the evolution of electricity prices in Ticino, Switzerland and the European Union.

Computer Science - 22.05.2020
New and improved drone mapping software
New and improved drone mapping software
For his thesis, an EPFL PhD student has enhanced the accuracy and reliability of drone mapping - a technique that is gaining traction across many sectors of society.

Health - 20.05.2020
Coronavirus: religious services possible again, legal basis for SwissCovid app
Religious services can take place again as of the 28th May 2020. In order to achieve this, the various faith communities must develop protection concepts.

Environment - Health - 20.05.2020

Environment - Earth Sciences - 20.05.2020
"We need to study biodiversity in a more holistic way."
Catherine and Florian, the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is "Our solutions are in nature".

Economics / Business - Innovation - 19.05.2020

Health - Pharmacology - 19.05.2020

Media - 19.05.2020
How journalism is covering the COVID-19 pandemic around the world
USI European Journalism Observatory (EJO) has been mapping the impact of the pandemic on journalism in various countries around the world since March with a series of articles on this issue, all available here and constantly updated.

Health - 18.05.2020
Serological tests in Ticino: the first results
A project was launched to test on a voluntary basis those who are potentially more exposed to SARS-CoV-2: healthcare workers. From 16 April volunteers have been tested in Ticino for antibodies generated by the new coronavirus infection. Coordinated by the Clinical Trial Unit EOC (CTU-EOC), the project is carried out in collaboration with hospitals, COVID-19 centres in Ticino (Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale EOC and Moncucco Clinic), the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, affiliated to USI) and Humabs BioMed (a subsidiary of Vir Biotechnology).

Economics / Business - Health - 18.05.2020
Economic scenarios for a post-Covid recovery
As we enter a new phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the gradual reopening of productive and commercial activities, many people are wondering if and how we will return to normal and, above all, if there will be an effective economic recovery ahead.

Health - 18.05.2020
Who chooses the path that data takes?
The Internet in its current form is outdated, believes Adrian Perrig. He's set on creating an Internet where society would regain more control.

Architecture - Environment - 18.05.2020
Experiments in the kitchen and architectural models in the sandpit
Experiments in the kitchen and architectural models in the sandpit
What happens when COVID-19 means architecture students have to get by without a workshop, electrical engineers without high-voltage laboratories and environmental scientists without field trips.

Health - Economics / Business - 14.05.2020

Environment - Economics / Business - 13.05.2020

Mechanical Engineering - Health - 12.05.2020
Creating a low-cost ventilator for all
Creating a low-cost ventilator for all
ETH Professor Kristina Shea and her team are busy developing a new ventilator. Their aim is to make it as inexpensive, modular and easy to use as possible - the ideal combination for any country that needs this medical device.

Media - Innovation - 12.05.2020
The virtual made real - new technology for the media of the future
Moving images in the newspaper as in Harry Potter, or digital weather forecasts in the Bern dialect? New media technology is transforming journalism.

Economics / Business - 11.05.2020
Market volatility and economic policy in the age of coronavirus
In the financial markets, volatility has never been as high as during the outbreak of Covid-19, which represents the classic 'Black Swan', or unexpected, event.

Health - Computer Science - 11.05.2020
EPFL Launches Center for Intelligent Systems
EPFL's new Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) will act as a research promotion platform for bringing together experts in machine learning, data science, computer vision, cyberphysical systems, and robotics.

Career - Innovation - 08.05.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 08.05.2020
More Selective Elimination of Leukemia Stem Cells and Blood Stem Cells
More Selective Elimination of Leukemia Stem Cells and Blood Stem Cells
Hematopoietic stem cells from a healthy donor can help patients suffering from acute leukemia. However, the side effects of therapies are often severe. A group of researchers led by the University of Zurich have now shown how human healthy and cancerous hematopoietic stem cells can be more selectively eliminated using immunotherapy instead of chemotherapy in mice.

Pharmacology - 07.05.2020
Flowbone can help prevent bone fractures caused by osteoporosis
Flowbone can help prevent bone fractures caused by osteoporosis
EPFL scientists have developed a gel that can locally reinforce bones weakened by osteoporosis. The startup they created, called Flowbone, has just made it through the second round of the Venture Kick competition. Femoral neck fractures occur frequently among the elderly, and are usually caused by osteoporosis - a disease that weakens the bone structure.

Economics / Business - Environment - 07.05.2020

Earth Sciences - 07.05.2020

Economics / Business - 06.05.2020
Economic experiments: between science and ideology
The experimental approach to scientific research is a fundamental element in the vast world of natural and technical sciences. Social sciences, including economics, also use the experimental approach. In a contribution recently published in the economic and financial newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft , François Degeorge ,, professor of finance at USI and director of the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI), compares scientific and ideological experiments.

Innovation - Health - 06.05.2020

Environment - Chemistry - 05.05.2020
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
Drifting through the ice on board a polar climate research vessel
The German research icebreaker Polarstern has been drifting through the frozen waters of the Arctic Ocean since September last year.

Health - 04.05.2020
Public health experts at the service of the Confederation and the cantons
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) have created a closed sharing platform for public health experts to facilitate and coordinate the exchange of

Economics / Business - Transport - 04.05.2020
Transportation economics in the age of coronavirus
The global economy is seeking to recover from the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, with the expected return to normalcy that could take several months, if not more.
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