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Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
20.02.2017
EPFL leads 14-million-euro EU projects in optomechanical technologies
EPFL leads 14-million-euro EU projects in optomechanical technologies
A mechanically compliant capacitor: the key element of microwave optomechanical devices. Fabricated at EPFL's Center for MicroNanoTechnology.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
18.02.2017
Phase II study supports potential for Roche’s TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) plus Avastin (bevacizumab) for people with locally advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma
Phase II study supports potential for Roche's TECENTRIQ (atezolizumab) plus Avastin (bevacizumab) for people with locally advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma Proof of concept study in first line mRCC (a type of kidney cancer) shows that TECENTRIQ and Avastin can be combined with a manageable safety profile Study results also showed encouraging efficacy compared to sunitinib in those people whose disease expressed the PD-L1 (programmed de
Computer Science/Telecom - Life Sciences
17.02.2017
Six-Legged Robots Faster Than Nature-Inspired Gait
Six-Legged Robots Faster Than Nature-Inspired Gait
Researchers at EPFL and UNIL have discovered a faster and more efficient gait, never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground. Bio-inspired gaits - less efficient for robots - are used by real insects since they have adhesive pads to walk in three dimensions. The results provide novel approaches for roboticists and new information to biologists.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
17.02.2017
A novel socio-ecological approach helps identifying suitable wolf habitats in human-dominated landscapes
The wolf was eradicated in Switzerland and from large parts of continental Europe including France and Germany by the end of the 19th century. Following legal protection, the wolf population started naturally increasing and expanding, and in 1995 its presence was confirmed in Switzerland. Sightings have increased since.
Physics/Materials Science
15.02.2017
Mastering a critical step in storing radioactive waste
Mastering a critical step in storing radioactive waste
An EPFL research project has developed a detailed profile of the sites selected to store radioactive waste from Swiss nuclear power plants.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
14.02.2017
Measuring entropy
Measuring entropy
A scanning tunneling microscope (STM), used to study changes in the shape of a single molecule at the atomic scale, impacts the ability of that molecule to make these changes; the entropy of the molecule is changed and, in turn, can be measured.
Business/Economics
13.02.2017
Financial windfall for young scientists
Financial windfall for young scientists
On February 2nd the EU approved Empa's «COFUND» application for financial support to the tune of more than ‘3.5 million, thereby securing partial funding for 50 post-doc positions at Empa over the next five years within the framework of the EU's Marie Sk'odowska-Curie actions.
Computer Science/Telecom - Agronomy/Food Science
12.02.2017
The first OpenFood hackathon at EPFL is a hit
The first OpenFood hackathon at EPFL is a hit
EPFL hosted the first OpenFood Hackdays this past Friday and Saturday. The event attracted 110 participants, whose goal was to brainstorm technological solutions to food-related challenges.
Architecture - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.02.2017
The school with the largest solar facade in the world
The school with the largest solar facade in the world
The Copenhagen International School's new building is covered by 12,000 colored solar panels based on a technology developed at EPFL.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
10.02.2017
Ancient Signals From the Early Universe
Ancient Signals From the Early Universe
For the first time, theoretical physicists from the University of Basel have calculated the signal of specific gravitational wave sources that emerged fractions of a second after the Big Bang. The source of the signal is a long-lost cosmological phenomenon called ‘oscillon'. The journal Physical Review Letters has published the results.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Environment/Sustainable Development
09.02.2017
How Switzerland could supply its electric power in 2050
How Switzerland could supply its electric power in 2050
The Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is investigating how Switzerland's electricity supply might look, up to the year 2050, under a variety of boundary conditions.
Administration/Government - Careers/Employment
08.02.2017
Assessing assessments
Assessing assessments
How someone learns depends largely on how they are assessed. To help ETH retain its leading position in the education of young talent, about 100 educational decision makers from ETH Zurich attended a two-day retreat on the topic of assessment.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
07.02.2017
Tiny organisms with a massive impact
Tiny organisms with a massive impact
Although diatoms are incredibly small, they have a significant impact on the dispersal of nutrients and trace elements in global marine waters. This is the conclusion of a study recently published in the scientific journal - Nature Geoscience '. Diatoms are a very common group of algae found not only in freshwater streams, rivers and lakes, but also in marine waters.
Computer Science/Telecom - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.02.2017
Switzerland Launches a National Center for Data Science
Switzerland Launches a National Center for Data Science
Switzerland is creating a National Center for Data Science to foster innovation in data science, multidisciplinary research and open science.
Life Sciences - Social Sciences
06.02.2017
Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia
Anxiety in social situations is not a rare problem: Around one in ten people are affected by social anxiety disorder during their lifetime. Social anxiety disorder is diagnosed if fears and anxiety in social situations significantly impair everyday life and cause intense suffering. Talking in front of a larger group can be one typical feared situation.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Earth Sciences
06.02.2017
Bern study rehabilitates climate models
Bern study rehabilitates climate models
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) With new methods of reconstruction, climate researchers in Bern have been able to demonstrate that some 9,000 to 5,000 years ago, the Mediterranean climate was considerably warmer than previous studies had suggested. Among other things, previous concerns regarding the reliability of climate models could thus be dispelled.
Media - History/Archeology
03.02.2017
Can conflict be predicted?
Can conflict be predicted?
Modern data science techniques can also be useful in conflict research. However suggests that certain expectations regarding the predictability of armed conflict are unrealistic. ETH News caught up with him for a chat. ETH News: Mr Cederman, your research deals with violent conflict, as well as the ability to predict it.
Religions - Media
02.02.2017
New Vice-Rector Elected
New Vice-Rector Elected
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) The State Council of the Canton of Bern has elected a new Vice-Rector to the Executive Board of the University.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
02.02.2017
Crowd mapping Canton of Geneva's soundscape
Crowd mapping Canton of Geneva's soundscape
EPFL is asking Android users who visit or live in Canton of Geneva to record the sounds around them with a special app.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
02.02.2017
How killer cells take out tumours
How killer cells take out tumours
The use of immunotherapy to treat cancer is celebrating its first successes - but there are still many knowledge gaps in the underlying mechanisms of action. In a study of mice with soft tissue tumours, ETH researchers have now shown how endogenous killer cells track down the tumours with the help of dormant viruses.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering
02.02.2017
Crowd Mapping Geneva Canton's Soundscape
Crowd Mapping Geneva Canton's Soundscape
EPFL is asking Android users who visit or live in Geneva Canton to record the sounds around them with a special app.
Administration/Government
01.02.2017
Internationalisation - Essential to success
Internationalisation - Essential to success
ETH Zurich is the most international university in the world. This recognition from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings emphasises the value and importance of international exchange for academia, the economy, and society.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Business/Economics
01.02.2017
User feedback is essential, especially for complex technology
User feedback is essential, especially for complex technology
Environmentally friendly, low-carbon energy technologies are needed to achieve global climate targets.
Physics/Materials Science - History/Archeology
01.02.2017
Historical copper, trapped in ice
Historical copper, trapped in ice
South America's mining industry supplies half the world with copper. The world's largest mines are located in the Andes.
Business/Economics - Life Sciences
31.01.2017
In cold water
In cold water
Martin Ostermaier wanted to break out of the comfort zone of science. Now, instead of pipettes, the biochemist is dealing with investors and patent law.
Business/Economics - Administration/Government
31.01.2017
Opening doors in Asia
Opening doors in Asia
Both science and Swiss businesses are benefiting from the ETH science hub in Singapore. The newly founded Switzerland Technology Impact Platform (STIP) is helping Swiss SMEs to gain a foothold in Asia.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
31.01.2017
Novartis drug Votubia receives EU approval to treat refractory partial-onset seizures in patients with TSC
Votubia is the first adjunctive treatment approved in the EU specifically for partial-onset seizures in children and adults with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)   Approval addresses unmet need as up
Environment/Sustainable Development
31.01.2017
The Impact of Climate Change on Drylands
The Impact of Climate Change on Drylands
In the future, the area covered by temperate drylands will shrink in favor of subtropical drylands. Rising temperatures are increasingly drying out deeper layers of soil in the remaining temperate drylands - with significant repercussions for plant life. Researchers from the University of Basel have reported these findings in the scientific.
Business/Economics
30.01.2017
Towards better forecasts of slab avalanches
Towards better forecasts of slab avalanches
A team of researchers from EPFL and the SLF has developed a new model that describes how slab avalanches release.
Life Sciences - Business/Economics
30.01.2017
The Attraction Effect: how our Brains Can Be Influenced
The Attraction Effect: how our Brains Can Be Influenced
The decisions we make are influenced by other possibilities that we did not choose. At the same time, the options we missed out on determine our satisfaction with the outcomes of situations we were unable to control. Psychologists from the University of Basel conducted two experiments: first, they studied the decision-making behavior of students and, second, they measured brain activity and satisfaction when a set of possibilities is supplemented with another alternative.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Chemistry
30.01.2017
Temperature sensor for artificial skin
Temperature sensor for artificial skin
The capacity to detect temperature changes is an important function of the human skin. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a highly sensitive and, at the same time, flexible temperature sensor, which could soon be used in prosthetic limbs and robotic arms. Rattlesnakes and pit-vipers are famous for being able to safely locate their prey even in absolute darkness.
Environment/Sustainable Development
27.01.2017
Home-made skis on the slopes
Home-made skis on the slopes
ETH Zurich held a ski workshop for undergraduate students for the first time. Over a six-week period, the participants built their own sustainable skis, from designing them on the computer to testing them out on the slopes.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.01.2017
Spin-off Cellestia Biotech raises CHF 8 million in seed financing
Spin-off Cellestia Biotech raises CHF 8 million in seed financing
Cellestia Biotech, an EPFL spin-off, can now carry out clinical trials on its new cancer treatment after raising CHF 8 million in seed money.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
26.01.2017
LSD alters perception via serotonin receptors
Humans perceive everyday things and experiences differently and attach different meaning to pieces of music, for instance. In the case of psychiatric disorders, this perception is often altered. For patients suffering from addictions, for instance, drug stimuli are more meaningful than for people without an addiction.
Astronomy
26.01.2017
How fast is the universe expanding? Quasars provide an answer
How fast is the universe expanding? Quasars provide an answer
The H0LiCOW collaboration, a cosmology project led by EPFL and Max Planck Institute and regrouping several research organizations in the world has made a new measurement of the Hubble constant, which indicates how fast the universe is expanding. The new measurement challenges some of the most recent ones, potentially pointing towards new physics beyond the standard cosmological model.
Medicine/Pharmacology
26.01.2017
Alcon launches new trifocal toric intraocular lens for patients with astigmatism undergoing cataract surgery
Innovative AcrySof IQ PanOptix Toric i ntraocular lens (IOL) extends Alcon's trifocal PanOptix IOL portfolio to a wider range of patients   CE-marked in November 2016, this IOL offers excellent near
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.01.2017
Novartis highlights progress towards access and environmental goals in 2016 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report
Novartis Access-to-medicine programs reached approximately 52 million patients, including first-year deliveries through the innovative Novartis Access program   Novartis improved position in key sust
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
26.01.2017
‘Additive Manufacturing' speeds up
‘Additive Manufacturing’ speeds up
Empa offers Switzerland a platform to exchange information and knowhow in the field of Additive Manufacturing: During a technology briefing held at Empa Academy on January 18, experts from industry a
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
26.01.2017
Inability to Work: Medical Experts Often Disagree
Independent medical evaluations are often used to adjudicate disability claims. But different doctors assessing the same patient often disagree on whether the patient is disabled or not. This problem can be mitigated by applying standardized procedures, says an international study led by researchers at the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland.
Social Sciences
26.01.2017
‘We need a decentralisation of the Internet'
‘We need a decentralisation of the Internet’
Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, has had a substantial impact on our lives. While his invention was a resounding success and the Internet has developed unexpectedly fast, he is anything but satisfied with today's situation.
Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology
25.01.2017
Novartis delivered solid 2016 performance, with Growth Products[1] absorbing Gleevec US LOE; innovation momentum continued; announces share buyback
Novartis delivered solid 2016 performance, with Growth Products absorbing Gleevec US LOE; innovation momentum continued; announces share buyback FY net sales (0% cc ) in line with prior year due to st
Earth Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
23.01.2017
Chronicle of a catastrophic landslide
Chronicle of a catastrophic landslide
Dramatic developments have been documented at the Aletsch glacier, where the ice has retreated at such a pace that an adjoining slope has also started to move rapidly. With the help of a unique dataset, researchers are able to demonstrate a direct connection between the ice loss of the Aletsch glacier and the slippage of the Moosfluh slope.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
23.01.2017
Higher methane yield from bio-waste
Higher methane yield from bio-waste
Within Switzerland's bio-waste a huge amount of precious energy is hidden. That's because valuable methane, the main constituent of natural gas, can be obtained from it.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.01.2017
Immune Defense Without Collateral Damage
Immune Defense Without Collateral Damage
Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland have clarified the role of the enzyme MPO. In fighting infections, this enzyme, which gives pus its greenish color, produces a highly aggressive acid that can kill pathogens without damaging the surrounding tissue. In the human body's fight against bacterial pathogens, white blood cells are in the front line.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
20.01.2017
Cell fate regulation by LIN41: activity determined by binding location
Helge Großhans and his group at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) have elucidated the mode of action of the RNA-binding protein and stem cell factor LIN41. In an animal model, they showed that LIN41 silences four specific mRNAs, by two distinct mechanisms. They found that the choice of mechanism is determined by where on the mRNA LIN41 binds.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Chemistry
19.01.2017
Hot on the heels of cement's formulae
Hot on the heels of cement’s formulae
Bridges, houses, dams - for decades, cement has been a permanent feature of our urban environment. What is deemed a robust and lasting material, however, is actually fragile and highly complex on the inside.
Architecture - History/Archeology
19.01.2017
Bringing energy-hungry buildings up to date
Bringing energy-hungry buildings up to date
As buildings evolve from energy consumers to energy producers, architecture is seeing a major paradigm shift, with building renovations becoming a real challenge.