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Materials Science - Physics - 18.06.2020
Graphene with sodium could make better batteries
Graphene doped with sodium can be a key player in making cheap batteries and spintronic devices, EPFL scientists discover.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 17.06.2020

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 17.06.2020
"My dream discovery would be to map the Moon’s geology."
Maria Schönbächler investigates how our solar system formed. Her work often reminds her of the importance of breaking out of established patterns.

Pharmacology - Health - 17.06.2020
Novartis Cosentyx receives FDA approval for new indication to treat active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis
FDA approval for Cosentyx is based on the Phase III PREVENT trial,  demonstrating efficacy in active non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA), which is part of the axial spondyloarthritis

Environment - Health - 16.06.2020
"Huge forest fires put our health at risk"
After Australia, Siberia is burning, indicating that the frequency of such events is on the rise, with myriad dire consequences: devastated ecosystems, risk of desertification, CO2 emissions, toxic particles, further climate impacts..

Health - Social Sciences - 16.06.2020
Studying health issues
Studying health issues "upon the people"
Emiliano Albanese, MD PhD is a Full professor at the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Institute of Public Health.

Environment - Economics / Business - 16.06.2020
Is Switzerland ready for change?
Is Switzerland ready for change?
Climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation and the current pandemic crisis make it obvious. The need for a more sustainable world has never been as urgent as it is today. But how do we transition to a sustainable economy? The National Research Programme "Sustainable Economy: resource-friendly, future-oriented, innovative" (NRP 73) is creating knowledge that can support Switzerland in addressing this question.

Innovation - Career - 12.06.2020
EPFL's startups cautiously moving forward
EPFL's startups cautiously moving forward
The lockdown has been a real headache for most EPFL startups. All but a few were forced to halt their development.

Environment - Career - 12.06.2020

Physics - 12.06.2020
Adding noise for completely secure communication
Adding noise for completely secure communication
How can we protect communications against "eavesdropping" if we don't trust the devices used in the process? This is one of the main questions in quantum cryptography research. Researchers at the University of Basel and ETH Zurich have succeeded in laying the theoretical groundwork for a communication protocol that guarantees one hundred percent privacy.

Life Sciences - 11.06.2020
How transcription factors recognize binding motifs on chromatin
How transcription factors recognize binding motifs on chromatin
In a video (5'35'') combining interviews and figures, the team behind the latest collaboration from the Thomä and Schübeler labs - Alicia Michael, Ralph Grand and Luke Isbel - explain how they developed an assay identifying where the preferable sites for the transcription factor-DNA binding motif on the nucleosome were, so that they could build transcription factor-nucleosome complexes.

Astronomy / Space Science - Administration - 11.06.2020

Astronomy / Space Science - Health - 11.06.2020
A Flight to Weightlessness from Dübendorf
A Flight to Weightlessness from Dübendorf
The fourth parabolic flight organized by the UZH Space Hub takes off today from Dübendorf airfield. A reorganization taking into account Corona safety measures has made this possible.

Pharmacology - Health - 11.06.2020
US FDA approves updated Novartis Beovu label, to include additional safety information
Novartis worked with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update Beovu (brolucizumab) prescribing information to guide healthcare professionals in their treatment of wet AMD patients 1   The upda

Innovation - Environment - 10.06.2020
Energy transition: EPFL spin-off Vizcab raises 1.75 million francs
Energy transition: EPFL spin-off Vizcab raises 1.75 million francs
The French startup will use the injection of capital to ramp up marketing of a building life cycle assessment (LCA) method developed at EPFL Fribourg.

Computer Science - Health - 05.06.2020
Lauzhack, or how to rescue your semester project in three days
The Lauzhack hackathon gave students a chance to redirect their semester projects towards issues related to the coronavirus.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.06.2020
Microbiology offers relief for
Microbiology offers relief for "colicky" babies
Vanesa Rocha Martin is studying how bacteria can be used to treat infant colic. As part of her Pioneer Fellowship, she is now turning her findings into a first-line therapy with a proven effect.

Health - Economics / Business - 04.06.2020

Pharmacology - Health - 04.06.2020
Novartis PREVENT data show Cosentyx helps patients realize early and lasting relief in axial spondyloarthritis
Phase III PREVENT data show Cosentyx 150 mg provided significant and sustained improvement in signs and symptoms of non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) up to Week 52 1   nr-axSpA is t

Pharmacology - Health - 04.06.2020
The key lies in the genes
The key lies in the genes
Whether or not patients will respond to a drug can be determined in advance. In this way, side effects can be avoided and patients benefit, writes Ernst Hafen. "All things are poison, and nothing is without poison, the dosage alone makes it so a thing is not a poison." These were the words of Paracelsus, a Swiss physician who recognised back in the 16 th century that every medicine has its benefits and risks, and that for a medicine to work, the individual dose is crucial.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.06.2020
Heralding a new era in protein analytics
Heralding a new era in protein analytics
Systems biologist Paola Picotti receives this year's Rössler Prize for her groundbreaking work in the field of proteomics.

Life Sciences - Environment - 03.06.2020
On the trail of symbiont diversity
On the trail of symbiont diversity
Parasitic wasps act as biological weapons against aphids in pest control. With the help of symbionts, however, some aphids try to defend themselves against the attacks. The struggle between these insects is one of the specialities of Christoph Vorburger, head of the "Aquatic Ecology" department and evolutionary ecologist Nina Hafer-Hahmann, postdoc in the same department.

Life Sciences - Veterinary - 02.06.2020
Designing animal studies to improve research reproducibility and reduce animal use
At the invitation of the University of Bern, international experts worked out new recommendations for the design of animal studies. They encourage a paradigm shift to improve the reproducibility of scientific results and reduce animal numbers. Animal experiments are typically conducted under highly standardized laboratory conditions.

Health - Pharmacology - 30.05.2020
Switzerland's lockdown has sharply reduced the cases of COVID-19
Switzerland's lockdown has sharply reduced the cases of COVID-19
EPFL researchers have modeled the effects of measures taken in the country to slow the spread of coronavirus. According to their estimates, the contamination rate has fallen by between 53% and 92%, depending on the canton, and people's movements have been reduced by 30% to 80%. Have the Swiss government's lockdown measures been effective in stemming the pandemic? That's the question a team of EPFL researchers set out to answer by analyzing data dating back to 28 February, the day the Swiss government banned groupings of over 1,000 people.

Health - Social Sciences - 29.05.2020

Materials Science - Chemistry - 29.05.2020
Europe's Response to Elon Musk
Europe’s Response to Elon Musk
Over the next four years, five research institutes and six industrial companies from seven European countries will work together to find solutions for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries.

Environment - Materials Science - 29.05.2020
Fresh Breeze for Ecology and Economy
Fresh Breeze for Ecology and Economy
The Solar Impulse Foundation is looking for 1000 solutions that will boost the economy - and protect the environment at the same time.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 29.05.2020
Wanted: The best Storage Battery
Wanted: The best Storage Battery
The demand for batteries to store renewable energy will grow drastically in the coming years. Could we develop more sustainable technologies to save precious natural resources, besides the familiar lithium-ion batteries?

Innovation - 28.05.2020
An EPFL lab designs new wooden pews for the Lausanne Cathedral
An EPFL lab designs new wooden pews for the Lausanne Cathedral
The Canton of Vaud has selected a technology developed by EPFL's IBOIS Laboratory for the construction of new pews for Lausanne's Cathedral of Notre Dame.

Life Sciences - 28.05.2020
Genetics of nuptial coloration facilitates the persistence of co-occurring species
Genetics of nuptial coloration facilitates the persistence of co-occurring species
Around 500 different cichlid species are found in Lake Victoria. According to a study by scientists at Eawag and Bern University, whether closely related species can persist within the same area depends on the effect sizes of individual genes underlying key mate-choice traits. In several eastern African lakes, an immense variety of cichlid species evolved within just a few thousand years.

Environment - 27.05.2020
Public parks guaranteeing sustainable well-being
Public parks guaranteeing sustainable well-being
An international team has demonstrated the fundamental importance of public parks based on nine «protected needs» that are essential for our well-being.

Pharmacology - Health - 27.05.2020
Novartis announces new late-breaking ofatumumab data at EAN demonstrating robust efficacy and safety in the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (RMS)
Rapid and profound depletion of B-cells contributed to a halt in disease activity in RMS patients 1   A post hoc analysis showed 47.0% and 87.8% of patients treated with ofatumumab achi