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Earth Sciences - Nov 20
Earth Sciences
EPFL spin-off Medusoil has successfully tested its ground-stabilization process on cliffs subject to surface erosion. The company's biomineral-based solution can be used to stabilize sandy and gravelly subsoils to safeguard surrounding infrastructure.
Health - Nov 19
Health

Killer cells of the immune system detect and kill infected cells or cancer cells. Researchers at the Institute of Pathology at the University of Bern have now discovered that the mechanism by which certain immune cells kill their target cells can also be used to control the killer cells themselves.

Transport - Nov 19
Transport

ETH researchers have shown that we can use the structure of urban road networks to predict their traffic capacity.


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Academic Rankings - Materials Science - 12:31

Chemistry - Physics - 10:31
A chemist and her children
A chemist and her children
This year Renana Gershoni-Poranne was awarded a Branco Weiss Fellowship. The ETH chemist will use the research grant to design innovative compounds that can be used in future generations of electronic devices.

Materials Science - 19.11.2019
With artificial intelligence to a better wood product
With artificial intelligence to a better wood product
Empa scientist Mark Schubert and his team would like to use the many opportunities offered by machine learning for wood technology applications. Together with Swiss Wood Solutions, Schubert will present his latest project at the Swiss Innovation Forum on 21 November in Basel. Wood is a natural material that is lightweight and sustainable, with excellent physical properties, which make it an excellent choice for constructing a wide range of products with high quality requirements - for example for musical instruments and sports equipment.

Innovation - 19.11.2019
EPFL hosts a new SBB innovation unit
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) opened a new innovation unit today at EPFL's Innovation Park, further deepening its ties with the School.

Environment - 19.11.2019

Astronomy / Space Science - Computer Science / Telecom - 18.11.2019
Katie Bouman, the scientist who reveals the invisible
Katie Bouman, the scientist who reveals the invisible
The first-ever image of a black hole was unveiled to the public this past April. It was produced by a team of 200 scientists as part of the Event Horizon Telescope Project.

Pharmacology - Health - 17.11.2019
Novartis PARAGON-HF analyses suggest Entresto benefit beyond HFrEF
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) demonstrated greatest benefit in HFpEF patients with ejection fractions adjacent to HFrEF, compare

Event - Physics - 16.11.2019

Pharmacology - Health - 15.11.2019
New Novartis medicine Adakveo (crizanlizumab) approved by FDA to reduce frequency of pain crises in individuals living with sickle cell disease
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG Sickle cell pain crises are unpredictable, severe events associated with life-threatening complications 1   Adakveo reduced the an

Pharmacology - Health - 15.11.2019
Novartis receives positive CHMP opinion for Mayzent (siponimod) for the treatment of adult patients with active secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS)
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG If approved, Mayzent (siponimod) will be the first and only oral treatment specifically indicated for patients with active seconda

Event - Life Sciences - 15.11.2019

Environment - 14.11.2019
EPFL-developed geothermal panels reach international finals
EPFL-developed geothermal panels reach international finals
EPFL researchers have developed a geothermal system for recovering the heat captured in basements, subway tunnels and underground parking garages.

Mathematics - 13.11.2019

Health - Life Sciences - 13.11.2019
Award for project on Heart Transplantation
Award for project on Heart Transplantation
This year's Johanna Dürmüller-Bol DBMR Research Award of the Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR) of the University of Bern goes to Maria-Nieves Sanz.

Environment - 13.11.2019
A more sustainable material to reinforce concrete structures
A more sustainable material to reinforce concrete structures
The next generation of ultra high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) has just been created at EPFL. The new material will be used to strengthen bridges and other structures - both new and old. What's more, the process of manufacturing this material releases 60-70% less CO2 than the previous generation of fiber-reinforced concrete.

Pharmacology - Health - 12.11.2019
New Novartis PREVENT data show Cosentyx delivers early relief in axial spondyloarthritis
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG 42.2% of patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) treated with Cosentyx had improved ASAS40 scores

Health - Pharmacology - 12.11.2019
Sandoz presents real-world data showing effectiveness of Erelzi (etanercept-szzs) in rheumatic disease treatment
Patients & Caregivers Healthcare Professionals Society & ESG Interim results from COMPACT, a multi-country, real-world study of Erelzi for approved rheumatic diseases presented at 2019 ACR/AR

Computer Science / Telecom - 11.11.2019
A chat with the expert: Luca Gambardella
The series of talks "Quattro chiacchiere con l'esperto", organised by USI Ideatorio Cadro, continues with Luca Gambardella, Director of Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence USI-SUPSI. An informal chat with the expert about the human brain vs artificial intelligence.   Computer scientist Luca Gambardella is the Director of Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (USI-SUPSI), for which he began working in 1988.

Pharmacology - Health - 11.11.2019
Roche’s Gazyva (obinutuzumab), in combination with standard of care, more than doubles the percentage of lupus nephritis patients achieving complete renal response, compared to standard of care alone
Roche today announced data from the phase II NOBILITY study, investigating the safety and efficacy of Gazyva (obinutuzumab) for adults with proliferative lupus nephritis.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 11.11.2019
Roche’s risdiplam meets primary endpoint in pivotal SUNFISH trial in people with type 2 or 3 spinal muscular atrophy
Roche today announced positive data from the pivotal Part 2 of SUNFISH, a study evaluating risdiplam in people aged 2-25 years with Type 2 or 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Business / Economics - Innovation - 08.11.2019
EPFL aims to build trust in fintechs
A new research program will combine the specialist knowledge of the Swiss Finance Institute @ EPFL with insights from the School's data scientists and digital trust experts.

Business / Economics - Administration - 08.11.2019

Innovation - Computer Science / Telecom - 07.11.2019

Environment - Life Sciences - 06.11.2019

Innovation - Health - 06.11.2019
ETH plans competence centre for holistic rehabilitation
ETH plans competence centre for holistic rehabilitation
ETH researchers are planning to partner with clinics, foundations, public authorities and other institutions through a broad-based initiative aimed at improving the quality of life and participation of people with physical disabilities.

Social Sciences - Event - 06.11.2019
Putting research to the real-world test
Putting research to the real-world test
Dominik Hangartner, a political scientist at ETH Zurich, has received one of Switzerland's most prestigious science awards. The National Latsis Prize has recognised the quality of Hangartner's research on migration and its importance for public policy. We sat down with Hangartner to find out what drives him and what he finds so exciting about turning research into concrete policies.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.11.2019
EPFL bioengineering team wins global iGEM competition
EPFL bioengineering team wins global iGEM competition
EPFL's student bioengineering team has won the Grand Prize of the 2019 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, as well as the Best Environment Project.

Computer Science / Telecom - 05.11.2019
"A booting computer is as vulnerable as a newborn baby"
Hackers are increasingly exploiting weaknesses in IT system hardware rather than software. To close this gap, we are introducing a new open source project based on Google's Titan security technology and the "Ibex" open source processor from ETH. Luca Benini, Professor at the Institute for Integrated Systems, explains how.

Environment - Business / Economics - 05.11.2019
Private Banks Should Proactively Foster Sustainable Investments
Private Banks Should Proactively Foster Sustainable Investments
Sustainable investments are on the rise, but does impact follow? The new UZH report on sustainable investing capabilities urges private banks to gear up their services to meet investor demands ' and environmental targets.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation - 05.11.2019
Data innovation strategy: FSO pilot projects point to productivity gains
Official statistics can benefit from new analysis methods arising from its data innovation strategy. The automation of certain tasks, especially data preparation, seems to be particularly promising. Although the first results from the FSO's pilot projects are encouraging, according to an initial assessment published on the "experimental statistics" microsite, they still need fine-tuning before they can be fully implemented in ongoing production.

Environment - Computer Science / Telecom - 04.11.2019
An intelligent network for better water management
An intelligent network for better water management
EPFL-based startup Droople has developed a smart flow meter that can measure buildings' water consumption and identify potential savings in energy.

Pharmacology - Health - 01.11.2019
Novartis Cosentyx shows encouraging results versus Humira * from first-of-its-kind head-to-head trial in psoriatic arthritis
Cosentyx narrowly missed statistical significance for superiority in ACR 20, the primary endpoint of the EXCEED trial, while showing numerically higher results versus Humira *   Statistically signifi

Earth Sciences - 01.11.2019
Seismology in the service of peace
Seismology in the service of peace
News By: Michèle Marti and Felix Würsten Twenty years ago, Switzerland ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 01.11.2019
EPFL champions energy geostructures
EPFL champions energy geostructures
Energy geostructures provide a constant source of renewable heating and cooling in buildings and infrastructures and perform very well.

Astronomy / Space Science - 30.10.2019
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5,000 "eyes" will track the expansion of the Universe
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), is a US-led project that will measure the accelerated expansion of the Universe in order to reveal the nature of dark energy. The DESI project, which has received significant contributions from EPFL's astrophysicists, is entering its final testing phase, gearing up to charter the skies.
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