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Health - Life Sciences - 15.09.2022
A new research group at the IOR
A new research group at the IOR
On 1 September 2022, a new research group led by Dr Arianna Baggiolini began its activities at the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) in Bellinzona.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 15.09.2022
Hitting the bull's eye
Hitting the bull’s eye
In the FOXIP project, researchers form Empa, EPFL and the Paul Scherrer Institute attempted to print thin-film transistors with metal oxides onto heat-sensitive materials such as paper or PET. The goal was ultimately not achieved, but those involved consider the project a success - because of a new printing ink an a transistor with "memory effect".

Physics - Materials Science - 14.09.2022
Scientist among winners in Physical sciences
Scientist among winners in Physical sciences
Which are the next walls to fall in science and society? Guided by this question, the brightest minds in the international scientific community submitted their groundbreaking projects for the prestigious "Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2022". The jury has made its choice - selecting among 95 nominations a project led by Empa researcher Roman Fasel as one of ten winners in the "Physical Sciences" category.

Health - Environment - 14.09.2022
How to prevent the spread of African swine fever
How to prevent the spread of African swine fever
African swine fever is now dangerously close to Switzerland. To protect wild and domestic pigs from the deadly animal disease, we humans must be careful when handling food waste.

Computer Science - Innovation - 14.09.2022

Campus - Economics / Business - 14.09.2022

Event - 13.09.2022
Rediscovering the St Gotthard Pass
Rediscovering the St Gotthard Pass
As part of the Swiss Digital Days, an exhibition at ETH Zurich visualises the St Gotthard Pass as an animated digital landscape model for the first time.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 12.09.2022
A thousand days of CHEOPS
A thousand days of CHEOPS
After a thousand days in orbit, the CHEOPS space telescope shows almost no signs of wear. Under these conditions, it could continue to reveal details of some of the most fascinating exoplanets for quite some time. CHEOPS is a joint mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Switzerland, under the aegis of the University of Bern in collaboration with the University of Geneva.

Environment - Electroengineering - 08.09.2022
EPFL takes another step towards carbon neutrality
EPFL takes another step towards carbon neutrality
Today EPFL inaugurated its new heating plant, which has the capacity to heat and cool the Lausanne campus solely by drawing water from Lake Geneva and recovering excess heat from a connected data center.

Social Sciences - Health - 08.09.2022
Youth and physical activity, a study shows the importance of living environment and the role of parents
The SOPHYA study (Swiss Children's Objectively Measured Physical Activity), conducted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in collaboration with the Università della Svizzera

Agronomy / Food Science - Innovation - 07.09.2022
Optimized food technologies for nutrition and sustainability
Optimized food technologies for nutrition and sustainability
ETH Zurich is stepping up research and teaching in the field of food technology and nutrition. It is supported in this by the companies Givaudan, Bühler and Nestlé with initial funding of 5 million Swiss francs over six years. This funding includes the creation of a new professorship. Raw foodstuffs are made suitable for consumption or storage through traditional methods such as cooking, drying and fermentation, or modern methods such as pasteurisation, pressure treatment or the use of enzymes.

Innovation - Economics / Business - 06.09.2022

Architecture - 06.09.2022
If you work in Zurich, you should be able to live there - but where exactly?
If you work in Zurich, you should be able to live there - but where exactly?
Much controversy surrounds the Neugasse project in the city Zurich. Spatial development scientist Sibylle Wälty shows how this area could contribute to alleviating the housing shortage: by building more densely than currently planned.

Social Sciences - Health - 06.09.2022
Children not less active during COVID 19 pandemic
The SOPHYA study of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) investigated the physical activity and sports behaviour of children and adolescents throughout Switzerland over a period of five years. Physical activity did not decrease during the COVID 19 pandemic. Results show that the living environment and physical activity of the parents have a significant influence on physical activity behaviour during childhood and thus have a long-term impact on the health of children and later adults.

Health - Computer Science - 05.09.2022
Managing variety in MRI scans can lead to better stroke diagnoses
Managing variety in MRI scans can lead to better stroke diagnoses
SUMMER SERIES - Master's project (11). EPFL student Antoine Madrona helped develop an algorithm that, after being trained on data from many different hospitals, can improve stroke diagnosis - all while protecting patient confidentiality.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.09.2022
Preparing for future coronavirus variants using artificial intelligence
Preparing for future coronavirus variants using artificial intelligence
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a method to explore the possibilities of how the pandemic virus could evolve. Thanks to their work, it may be possible to develop antibody therapies and vaccines that are more likely to be effective also against future viral variants. SARS-CoV-2 is constantly mutating and each new variant often catches the world by surprise.

History / Archeology - Physics - 02.09.2022

Astronomy / Space Science - Career - 02.09.2022

Campus - 31.08.2022
Giant wheel used to test a linear motor
Giant wheel used to test a linear motor
Summer series - Master's project (10). Jérémie Pochon has built a test bench for evaluating the type of motor that could one day drive the Hyperloop transportation system. The Hyperloop holds the promise of low-carbon transportation that's fast, efficient and affordable. But before passengers can be enclosed inside a pod and propelled along a vacuum tube at mind-boggling speeds, there's a lot of modeling, simulation, testing and validation work to be done - starting at a pilot scale.

Chemistry - Innovation - 30.08.2022
Synthesis at the touch of a button
Synthesis at the touch of a button
In many chemical laboratories, routine chemical syntheses are performed on a daily basis, which takes up a lot of time.

Environment - Art and Design - 30.08.2022
Investigation into the human perception of bird calls
Investigation into the human perception of bird calls
Sound and music researchers at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts have investigated in an SNSF-funded project how humans perceive bird calls and how humans and birds interact sonically.

Politics - Research Management - 29.08.2022

Computer Science - Health - 29.08.2022
Artificial Intelligence Improves Treatment in Women with Heart Attacks
Heart attacks in women are more likely to be fatal than in men. The reasons are differences in age and in comorbidity burden which makes risk assessment in women a challenge. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now developed a novel artificial-intelligence-based risk score that improves personalized care for female patients with heart attacks.

Environment - Innovation - 26.08.2022
With new solar modules, greenhouses run on their own energy
With new solar modules, greenhouses run on their own energy
Plants use light waves from only a portion of the spectrum for photosynthesis - the remainder can be recovered and used to generate solar power.

Innovation - Environment - 25.08.2022
Digital science for a sustainable future
This year, Empa will once again be taking part in the Swiss Digital Days with various activities - with exciting insights into different research topics.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 25.08.2022
Consortium to develop fully implantable brain-computer interface to enable communication for people with paralysis
Consortium to develop fully implantable brain-computer interface to enable communication for people with paralysis
Project will push the boundaries of real-time brain-to-speech decoding with artificial intelligence algorithms and a miniaturized, wireless device.

Innovation - Economics / Business - 24.08.2022
Industry meets science
Industry meets science
ETH Industry Day on 7 September offers exciting insights into applied research, industry partnerships and entrepreneurial activities at ETH Zurich.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 24.08.2022
Ecological stability of lakes declining globally over time
Ecological stability of lakes declining globally over time
Of over a thousand lakes studied worldwide, about one in ten shows strange behaviour. In general, there is an increasing tendency for aquatic ecosystems to tip over.

Environment - Health - 24.08.2022
A Narrowing Window for Change: Experts Call for Global Climate Action
Climate change is an imminent threat to human health and well-being and to our planet. Urgent action is needed in order to reduce climate risks and secure a liveable future.

Environment - Architecture - 23.08.2022
Historic buildings upgraded to the latest energy standards
Historic buildings upgraded to the latest energy standards
In early August 2022, the Aerogel Architecture Award was presented at Empa for the second time. The winning project comes from Germany, while buildings from Switzerland take second and third place.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 19.08.2022
A machine for sorting zebrafish eggs
A machine for sorting zebrafish eggs
Zebrafish eggs are among the most commonly used model organisms in genetic, developmental and toxicology research.

Campus - 18.08.2022
Do we have an unhealthy appetite for pie (charts)?
Do we have an unhealthy appetite for pie (charts)?
Summer series - Semester project. Three university students, as part of their critical data studies class, wrote a light-hearted yet instructive comic strip about perception biases in the presentation of data. The story starts with two artisan cheesemakers who are hauling their product to market when their carts - one horse-drawn, the other ox-drawn - collide.

Politics - Environment - 17.08.2022
Confederation preparing to issue first green Confederation bond
The Federal Council intends to strengthen the Swiss financial centre's position as a leading location for sustainable financial services.

Environment - Campus - 16.08.2022
RebuiLT, or how to rebuild a house sustainably
RebuiLT, or how to rebuild a house sustainably
The Low-Tech Lab in Lausanne has been part of the Unipoly association of EPFL since 2021 and aims to popularize the low-tech approach already found in several other European universities.

Environment - 15.08.2022
Preventing heat islands is a priority for the future of our cities
Preventing heat islands is a priority for the future of our cities
Summer series - Master's project (7). Two EPFL Master's students carried out meticulous research on heat islands, or densely packed urban areas with features that can aggravate high temperatures during heat waves, posing a serious threat to vulnerable residents. The summer of 2022 was unprecedented: the series of heat waves between June and August provided a glimpse of how climate change will make cities increasingly arduous places to live in the summer months.

Computer Science - Innovation - 12.08.2022
Empowering young people on International Youth Day
Empowering young people on International Youth Day
Held every year on August 12, International Youth Day provides a platform for young people to focus on how they will develop innovative and entrepreneurial solutions for the future.