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Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
26.06.2017
A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness
A gravity researcher in search of weightlessness
Lavinia Heisenberg is a theoretical physicist. She is reluctant to accept that General Relativity can be used to describe the universe only on the assumption of exotic materials and energy sources.
Astronomy - Media
20.06.2017
Switzerland in pole position in ESA’s new mission
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) PLATO, the largest European exoplanet research mission, was adopted on 20 June 2017 by the European Space Agency at the ESA Scientific Programs Committee meeting. The Universities of Bern and Geneva are heavily involved in this mission, which should enable astronomers to discover and characterize planets the size of the Earth and the "super 'Earths" that orbit around solar type stars in their habitable zone.
Astronomy - Media
22.05.2017
The race to trace TRAPPIST-1h
The race to trace TRAPPIST-1h
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) After 60 hours of non-stop work, researchers at the University of Bern being part of an international team reached their hoped-for goal: They were the first to measure the orbital period for the outermost planet of the famous TRAPPIST-1 system which made headlines worldwide.
Computer Science/Telecom - Astronomy
19.05.2017
Building trust and intelligence in a digitalised world
Building trust and intelligence in a digitalised world
ETH Meets New York to explore Blockchain technologies, machine learning, and artificial intelligence with academia and industry.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
18.05.2017
XENON1T: the most sensitive detector on Earth
Dark matter is one of the basic constituents of the Universe, five times more abundant than ordinary matter.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
02.05.2017
Two's company when it comes to 3D mapping
Two's company when it comes to 3D mapping
EPFL researchers have developed the terrestrial and aerial components of a European spatial and urban mapping project.
Astronomy
11.04.2017
A lifelong fascination with planets
Watching Star Trek as a child first inspired Judit Szulágyi's fascination with planets and galaxies.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
02.03.2017
New
New "heart" for CERN’s CMS experiment
CERN's CMS experiment - one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider received a new heart today - a pixel detector much like a high-speed digital camera that snaps images up to 40 million times per second. Earlier today, physicists and engineers at CERN replaced the heart of the Compact Muon Solenoid ( CMS ) experiment, one of the two general purpose particle physics detectors that discovered the Higgs boson in 2012.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
22.02.2017
Seven terrestrial exoplanets around a nearby star
Seven terrestrial exoplanets around a nearby star
An international team of astronomers has discovered a compact analogue of our inner solar system about 40 light-years away. Brice-Olivier Demory of the Center of Space and Habitability at the University of Bern, analysed the data collected with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and calculated that the newly detected exoplanets all have masses less or similar to the Earth.
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.
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.
Astronomy - Environment/Sustainable Development
02.12.2016
European Space Agency’s ESA successful Ministerial Council meeting in Switzerland
Bern, 02.12.2016 - The Ministers responsible for space affairs from ESA Member States came together on 1-2 December 2016 to make important decisions, namely on the strategy to ensure Eu
Business/Economics - Astronomy
01.12.2016
President Schneider-Ammann attends ESA Ministerial Council
Bern, 01.12.2016 - On 1 December, President Johann N. Schneider-Ammann addressed the ministers of the 22 member states of the European Space Agency ESA and Canada in Lucerne.
Life Sciences - Astronomy
26.11.2016
Discover your brain at planète santé
Discover your brain at planète santé
What does it feel like to recover from brain damage? Have you ever tricked your senses into sensing one thing but experiencing something entirely different? Walk inside a huge inflatable brain and play with optical illusions.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
27.10.2016
Finally red!
Finally red!
Empa researchers have pulled off a masterstroke of ceramics research: as of now, a dark-red ceramic bezel adorns a Swiss luxury watch - a world premiere and stunning example of top-flight materials science.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
24.10.2016
Swiss Researchers Fly Into Weightlessness
The dream of weightlessness came true on Saturday for two researchers from the University of Basel. During a parabolic flight, the scientists tested a newly developed measuring device under reduced gravity. The instrument analyzes the deposition of sediments and is intended to support the search for life on Mars.
Astronomy - Earth Sciences
21.10.2016
Second research flight into zero gravity
A year ago, the University of Zurich conducted its first parabolic flight for test purposes from Swiss soil. Now a second aircraft is ready for lift-off to research zero gravity: Tomorrow (Saturday), an Airbus A310 ZERO-G is set to take off from the air force base in Dübendorf equipped with scientific experiments from the Universities of Zurich, Basel, Lucerne and ETH Zurich.
Astronomy - Media
30.09.2016
Rosetta's momentous end
Rosetta’s momentous end
Rosetta's mission is over: After the last signal at 13:20, the spacecraft was crash-landed on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with the ROSINA instrument from Bern taking measurements right until the very end.
Astronomy
29.09.2016
So long and thanks for the probes
For twelve years, the space probe Rosetta served mankind. The European Space Agency (ESA) mission is now drawing to a close as the probe reaches its final resting place on the target comet Tschuri on September 30, 2016.
Astronomy - Event
27.09.2016
Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission, bids farewell after rendez-vous with comet Chury
Bern, 27.09.2016 - Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of its comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016.
Astronomy - Event
23.09.2016
SwissCube: seven years in space and still active
SwissCube: seven years in space and still active
23.09.16 - The little Swiss satellite was launched on 23 September 2009 and continues to send back regular reports.
Astronomy
05.09.2016
First gravitational waves form after 10 million years
This simulation shows how two galaxies merge over a period of 15 millionen years. The red and the blue dots illustrate the two black holes (image: Astrophysical Journal).
Environment/Sustainable Development - Astronomy
11.08.2016
Fewer low clouds in the tropics
With the help of satellite data, ETH scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as the earth warms. Since this cloud cover has a cooling effect on the climate, the two-degree warming target may therefore be reached earlier than many models have predicted. It is indisputable that greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere heat up our planet.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
09.08.2016
Eureca? on yet another journey
Eureca? on yet another journey
The much-travelled European research satellite Eureca was taken from the aerospace exhibition in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne and loaded onto a truck before setting off on yet another adventure.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
18.07.2016
Hitching a ride to gamma-ray bursts
Hitching a ride to gamma-ray bursts
POLAR detector developed at the PSI flies into orbit with a Chinese space mission Researchers working with Wojciech Hajdas at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have developed a detector called POLAR. This instrument is expected to search out and investigate so-called gamma ray bursts coming from the depths of the universe.
Chemistry - Astronomy
07.07.2016
Sun-Petrol
Sun-Petrol
Finding sustainable petrol – how solar energy can be transformed into fuel The sun is a clean and inexhaustible source of energy, with the potential to provide a sustainable answer to all future energy supply demands. There's just one outstanding problem: the sun doesn't always shine and its energy is hard to store.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
08.06.2016
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
05.04.2016
Reaching for the sun
Wood has one particular property that tends to cause problems: it swells when it gets wet. As this occurs according to strict rules, however, a team of Empa researchers is looking to produce wooden building components that move automatically.
Astronomy
01.04.2016
Lumpi makes historical trip to the 4th dimension
Lumpi makes historical trip to the 4th dimension
01.04.16 - A Chihuahua has traveled across EPFL's miniature black hole and entered the fourth dimension.
Astronomy - Media
30.03.2016
3000 drawings for CHEOPS space mission on the Web
3000 drawings for CHEOPS space mission on the Web
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) Children in Switzerland and all over Europe made thousands of imaginative drawings of stars, planets, rockets, satellites, and aliens.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
25.11.2015
The LHC collides ions at new record energy
Geneva, 25 November 2015. After the successful restart of the Large Hadron Collider and its first months of data taking with proton collisions at a new energy frontier, the LHC is moving to a new phase, with the first lead-ion collisions of season 2 at an energy about twice as high as that of any previous collider experiment.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
25.11.2015
100 years of relativity and enthusiasm for bringing science to the pu
25.11.15 - Time and space are celebrating their 100th wedding anniversary. To mark the centenary of relativity theory, Anais Rassat and her cross-Channel accomplices have put Einstein front and center in an entertaining animated film.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
21.10.2015
Gas variations are suggestive of seasons on comet Chury
Gas variations are suggestive of seasons on comet Chury
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko continues to reveal more of its secrets: Researchers in Bern have detected considerable variations in the gas escaping from the comet. This could amount to seasonal changes on the tiny celestial body. Meanwhile, the camera OSIRIS on board the Rosetta comet probe is revealing new details of the surface of «Chury».
Astronomy
20.10.2015
Looking for extra-terrestrial life in alien oceans
Looking for extra-terrestrial life in alien oceans
Great honour for Nicolas Thomas from the University of Berne: The scientist was selected as part of the imaging team for NASA's Europa Clipper mission.
Astronomy
20.10.2015
How comets were assembled
Rosetta's target «Chury» and other comets observed by space missions show common evidence of layered structures and bi-lobed shapes. With 3D computer simulations Martin Jutzi, astrophysicist at the University of Bern, was able to reconstruct the formation of these features as a result of gentle collisions and mergers.
Astronomy
20.10.2015
Comets: Soft shell, hard core?
Comets: Soft shell, hard core?
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko poses new riddles: Surface material measurements performed by the «Philae» landing module indicate that the near surface material might have changed since its formation. Up to now, many researchers had assumed that it has remained in virtually the same state since its formation about 4.5 billion years ago.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
22.09.2015
Swiss Plasma Center to harness the sun's energy
Swiss Plasma Center to harness the sun's energy
22.09.15 - At EPFL, the Center for Research in Plasma Physics (CRPP) has become the Swiss Plasma Center (SPC), and for good reason: the Center is upgrading its facilities and expanding its scope of activities.
Astronomy
31.08.2015
Lights on for Scientifica 2015
At Scientifica 2015, everything revolves around the theme of light. This weekend's event will feature 300 researchers from ETH and the University of Zurich presenting their work and explaining how they use light to observe and understand the world.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
20.08.2015
XENON Experiment: no evidence (yet) for dark matter
Dark matter has never been directly observed in the laboratory. The international XENON collaboration, that includes researchers from the Universities of Bern and Zurich, has not found evidence for it either. However, its latest results solve a long-standing scientific controversy in the field. Although dark matter constitutes a significant part of the matter in our Universe, all evidence is indirect, via its gravitational pull on luminous matter.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
15.04.2015
Physics community to discuss latest results of the AMS experiment
Geneva, 15 April 2015. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS ) collaboration will present today the latest results in its quest to understand the origin of cosmic rays and dark matter. These intriguing results will be shared and discussed during the "AMS days" starting today at CERN 2 , with many of the world's leading theoretical physicists and principal investigators of some of the major experiments exploring the field of cosmic-ray physics.
Astronomy - Life Sciences
03.01.2015
2014 - Science That Made Headlines (3)
2014 - Science That Made Headlines (3)
This year a great deal of research done at EPFL made the headlines in newspapers. Here are a few that marked the months of September to December.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
15.12.2014
Researchers detect possible signal from dark matter
EPFL scientists have picked up an atypical photon emission in X-rays coming from space, and say it could be evidence for the existence of a particle of dark matter. If confirmed, it could open up new perspectives in cosmology. Could there finally be tangible evidence for the existence of dark matter in the Universe? After sifting through reams of X-ray data, scientists in EPFL's Laboratory of Particle Physics and Cosmology (LPPC) and Leiden University believe they could have identified the signal of a particle of dark matter.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
29.09.2014
CERN turns 60 and celebrates peaceful collaboration for science
Geneva, 29 September 2014. Today, CERN , the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is blowing out 60 candles at an event attended by official delegations from 35 countries.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
22.05.2014
CERN openlab publishes a whitepaper on future IT challenges in scientific research
Geneva, 22 May 2014. CERN openlab , the public-private partnership between CERN 2 , leading IT companies and research institutes, released today a whitepaper on future IT challenges in scientific research to shape its upcoming three-year phase starting in 2015.
Computer Science/Telecom - Astronomy
20.05.2014
Researchers crack unassailable encryption algorithm in two hours
A protocol based on "discrete logarithms", deemed as one of the candidates for the Internet's future security systems, was decrypted by EPFL researchers. Allegedly tamper-proof, it could only stand up to the school machines' decryption attempts for two hours. Without cryptography, no one would dare to type their credit card number on the Internet.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
08.04.2014
Astral matter from the Paul Scherrer Institute
Media Releases Matter and Material Processes in stars recreated with isotopes from PSI To understand why chemical elements exist in certain amounts on Earth, processes that take place in exploding stars – supernovae – need to be studied. After all, much of the matter that makes up the earth was formed in a supernova billions of years ago and hurled into space by the explosion.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
28.03.2014
CERN and ESA sign cooperation agreement
ESA Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, and CERN Director General, Rolf Heuer, after the signature of a cooperation agreement Geneva, 28 March 2014.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
19.07.2013
CERN experiments put Standard Model to stringent test
Geneva, 19 July 2013. New results to be presented at the EPS-HEP conference in Stockholm, Sweden, this afternoon have put the Standard Model of particle physics to one of its most stringent tests to date. The CMS and LHCb experiments at CERN's  Large Hadron Collider will present measurements of one of the rarest measureable processes in physics: the decay of a B s (pronounced B-sub-s) particle into two muons.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
03.04.2013
AMS experiment measures antimatter excess in space
Geneva 3 April 2013. The international team running the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS ) today announced the first results in its search for dark matter. The results, presented by AMS spokesperson Professor Samuel Ting in a seminar at CERN 2 , are to be published in the journal Physical Review Letters.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
14.02.2013
CERN Accelerating science
Geneva 1 March 2013. Experiments at CERN 's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are set to present their latest results at the Moriond conference, which begins tomorrow in the Italian town of La Thuile, and runs until 16 March. Although all of the LHC experiments will present results, eyes will be on the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, which will give updates on the analyses of the new particle whose discovery was announced last July.