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Physics - Chemistry - 30.03.2017
Observing chemical reactions in real
Observing chemical reactions in real
At Empa's Electron Microscopy Center, a new transmission electron microscope has recently been used that offers completely new opportunities for the physical and chemical analysis of very small samples. It can be used, for example, to observe the growth of nanocrystals in real time - and to record it on video.

Materials Science - Physics - 30.03.2017
Spark Award for fundamental research
ETH Professor Sabine Werner and her team won the Spark Award 2017 yesterday for their groundbreaking new approach to combating viral diseases. If their results can be confirmed, they could lead to the development of better treatments for viral diseases such as herpes.

Physics - Chemistry - 17.03.2017
Hydrogen inclusions mapped in high-resolution and in 3D
Hydrogen inclusions mapped in high-resolution and in 3D
Using a nano-tomography method, material scientists have succeeded in localizing hydrogen inclusions within a structural metal in 3D for the first time. This was made possible by a uniquely modified measurement method developed at ETH Zurich. Hydrogen is a problem for many metals. If hydrogen atoms are included in a metal, the material properties can be severely affected, causing it to become brittle or cracked.

Physics - Electroengineering - 16.03.2017
3-D X-ray imaging makes the finest details of a computer chip visible
3-D X-ray imaging makes the finest details of a computer chip visible
Researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have made detailed 3-D images of a commercially available computer chip. This marks the first time a non-destructive method has visualized the paths of a chip's internal wiring (just 45 nanometres — 45 millionths of a millimetre — wide) and its 34-nanometre-high transistors clearly without distortions or deformations.

Health - Physics - 14.03.2017
Rays of hope for patients
Rays of hope for patients
Tumours of the eye are rare. Yet for those affected, they mean a stroke of fate that involves not only the loss of vision but often the whole eye as well.

Life Sciences - Physics - 10.03.2017
New professors appointed
New professors appointed
The ETH Board appointed three new professors and awarded the title of Professor to five recipients upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella At its meeting of 8/9 March 2017, the ETH Board appo

Physics - 06.03.2017
Up-and-coming scientists compete at EPFL
Up-and-coming scientists compete at EPFL
On Saturday, EPFL hosted 250 budding young scientists - aged between 8 and 15 - in the fifth annual ‘Curious and Inventive' science competition, run by the school's Science Outreach Department.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 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.

Physics - Chemistry - 02.03.2017
X-ray pulses make atomic oscillations
X-ray pulses make atomic oscillations
Researchers from the Max Born Institute in Berlin, Empa and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have, for the first time, been able to observe minute, ultrafast atomic oscillations in a crystal lattice with the help of a new experimental technique. These oscillations, which are triggered by light pulses, are based on a physical effect - Raman scattering - which was postulated about 100 years ago.

Physics - 01.03.2017
Crystalline and liquid at the same time
Crystalline and liquid at the same time
When matter is cooled to near absolute zero, intriguing phenomena emerge. These include supersolidity, where crystalline structure and frictionless flow occur together. ETH researchers have succeeded in realising this strange state experimentally for the first time. Solid, liquid or gas - we encounter these three clearly defined states of matter every day.

Physics - Innovation - 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.

Physics - 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 - 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.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 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.

Environment - Physics - 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.

Physics - Environment - 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.

Physics - Materials Science - 12.01.2017
Creating the tiniest structures on
Creating the tiniest structures on
Nanotechnology is regarded as the key technology of the 21 st century, delivering the fundamental methods, which allow objects just a few hundred nanometers in size to be produced in any required shape.

Chemistry - Physics - 03.01.2017
Chemically Modified Insulin Is Available More Quickly
Chemically Modified Insulin Is Available More Quickly
Replacing a hydrogen atom by an iodine atom in insulin, the hormone retains its efficacy but is available more rapidly to the organism. Researchers at the University of Basel were able to predict this effect based on computer simulations and then confirm it with experiments. Insulin is formed in the pancreas and regulates the blood glucose level.

Innovation - Physics - 21.12.2016
A unique additive for the ideal concrete
A unique additive for the ideal concrete
Whether it's for drying time, hardness, or uniformity, a new additive developed at EPFL can give concrete, mortar, and cement the desired consistency, all in one shot.

Health - Physics - 15.12.2016
Magnetic forces purify the blood
Magnetic forces purify the blood
Every five seconds, someone in the world dies from blood poisoning. Hemotune, a young start-up founded by ETH researchers, is developing a revolutionary blood purification system to address this problem. Lukas Langenegger picks up a small glass ampoule containing a dark, reddish-brown fluid. Then he holds a magnet against the vial, and iron particles accumulate on the edge of the glass as if by magic, leaving behind a crystal-clear fluid.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.12.2016
In the focus of the protons
In the focus of the protons
In several laboratories at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, researchers work with radioactive substances that eventually should aid in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer or metabolic diseases - bu

Physics - Materials Science - 09.12.2016
Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich
Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich
Upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella the ETH Board appointed a total of eight professors and awarded the title of professor to one individual.

Physics - Chemistry - 06.12.2016
Brilliance in cutting-edge research
Brilliance in cutting-edge research
Switzerland's credentials as a research location have been enhanced with a major new facility: the SwissFEL X-ray free-electron laser was put into operation at the PSI yesterday. ETH researchers are among those expecting to use the system to gain insights into hitherto hidden processes at the molecular and atomic level.

Chemistry - Physics - 02.12.2016
EPFL installs world-unique NMR system
EPFL installs world-unique NMR system
EPFL's Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) has installed an NMR system with the highest sensitivity and resolution in the world.

Physics - 01.12.2016
Researchers Take First Look into the ‘Eye' of Majoranas
Researchers Take First Look into the ‘Eye’ of Majoranas
Majorana fermions are particles that could potentially be used as information units for a quantum computer. An experiment by physicists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel's Department of Physics has confirmed their theory that Majorana fermions can be generated and measured on a superconductor at the end of wires made from single iron atoms.

Physics - 29.11.2016
Gaming in the name of science
Gaming in the name of science
Quantum mechanics can be entertaining: anyone with a few minutes to spare for a video game on 30 November can do their bit to help solve a fundamental question of physics that was once argued over by Albert Einstein and Nils Bohr. ETH Professor Andreas Wallraff explains what the Big Bell Test is all about.

Physics - Innovation - 17.11.2016
An added dimension to high school biology class
An added dimension to high school biology class
High school science classes are taking on an added dimension. EPFL startup Nanolive will run a competition to select three local high schools that will be given the use of the company's microscope, which is capable of observing living cells in real time and 3D.

Materials Science - Physics - 17.11.2016
Switching off vibrations
Switching off vibrations
Macroscopic crystal structures can absorb unwanted vibrations or filter noise - without any electronics or electricity whatsoever.

Physics - Event - 14.11.2016

Materials Science - Physics - 24.10.2016
Under the chemical microscope
Under the chemical microscope
with Daniel Grolimund At the Swiss Light Source SLS, researcher Daniel Grolimund is responsible for a beamline where the arrangement of chemical bonds in different objects can be determined. These capabilities prove valuable to researchers in the most diverse disciplines: to battery researchers as well as biologists, archeologists, and many more.

Physics - Materials Science - 17.10.2016
Nanowires as Sensors in New Type of Atomic Force Microscope
Nanowires as Sensors in New Type of Atomic Force Microscope
A new type of atomic force microscope (AFM) uses nanowires as tiny sensors. Unlike standard AFM, the device with a nanowire sensor enables measurements of both the size and direction of forces. Physicists at the University of Basel and at the EPF Lausanne have described these results in the recent. Nanowires are extremely tiny filamentary crystals which are built-up molecule by molecule from various materials and which are now being very actively studied by scientists all around the world because of their exceptional properties.

Physics - Materials Science - 17.10.2016
Peptides vs. superbugs
Peptides vs. superbugs
Several peptides have an antibacterial effect - but they are broken down in the human body too quickly to exert this effect.

Physics - 13.10.2016
24 hours at the ESI Platform (video)
How can surplus power that can't be fed into the electric grid be made usable? A fictitious day at the Energy System Integration Platform at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI.

Physics - Chemistry - 11.10.2016
Selectively conductive or insulating
Selectively conductive or insulating
Highly sensitive X-ray scattering shows why an exotic material is sometimes a metal, sometimes an insulator. Some materials hold surprising - and possibly useful - properties: neodymium nickel oxide is either a metal or an insulator, depending on its temperature. This characteristic makes the material a potential candidate for transistors in modern electronic devices.

Physics - Materials Science - 10.10.2016
Molten salt reactors - exploring an alternative
Molten salt reactors – exploring an alternative
The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI was formed in 1988, in part from the Swiss Federal Institute for Reactor Research.

Physics - 05.10.2016

Physics - 05.10.2016
Physicists at the PSI's large-scale research facilities are thinking beyond the Nobel Prize theories
Physicists at the PSI’s large-scale research facilities are thinking beyond the Nobel Prize theories
This year's Nobel Prize for Physics goes to David Thouless, Duncan Haldane, and Michael Kosterlitz for their investigations of topological phases and phase transitions in matter.

Physics - Administration - 04.10.2016
ERC funding of ?2.4 million for research on fundamental interactions in magnets
ERC funding of ?2.4 million for research on fundamental interactions in magnets
Christian Rüegg of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC).

Physics - Materials Science - 04.10.2016
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A "nano-golf course" to precisely assemble nanoparticles
The nanoparticles in the droplet encounter obstacles, they detach from the liquid and are captured by the holes©Valentin Flauraud/ 2016 EPFL 04.10.16 - EPFL researchers have developed a method to place and position hundreds of thousands of nanoparticles very precisely on a one centimeter square surface.

Physics - 03.10.2016
Measuring forces with oscillations
Measuring forces with oscillations
Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered a peculiar feature in oscillations similar to that of a child's swing. As a result, they have succeeded in outlining a novel principle for small, high-resolution sensors, and have submitted a patent application for it. A child swings on a swing, gaining momentum with its legs.

Academic Rankings - Physics - 28.09.2016
Nine EPFL scientists in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers
Nine EPFL scientists in Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers
28.09.16 - Nine EPFL scientists have been included in the prestigious Thomson Reuters? list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Physics - 26.09.2016
Ultrafast processes in the blink of an eye
Ultrafast processes in the blink of an eye
Ultrafast processes beyond the human imagination occur in nature, but basic research has been able to measure and explore them only since the turn of the millennium.

Physics - 26.09.2016
3D-nanoprinting to turbocharge microscopes
3D-nanoprinting to turbocharge microscopes
26.09.16 - EPFL researchers have printed nanometric-scale sensors capable of improving the performance of atomic force microscopes. Tiny sensors made through nanoscale 3D printing may be the basis for the next generation of atomic force microscopes. These nanosensors can enhance the microscopes? sensitivity and detection speed by miniaturizing their detection component up to 100 times.

Environment - Physics - 22.09.2016
Renewable energy: Experimental platform ESI is starting up
Renewable energy: Experimental platform ESI is starting up
This fall, the time has come: The Energy System Integration Platform at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI goes into operation.

Physics - Computer Science / Telecom - 21.09.2016
Artificial Intelligence Helps in the Discovery of New Materials
Artificial Intelligence Helps in the Discovery of New Materials
With the help of artificial intelligence, chemists from the University of Basel in Switzerland have computed the characteristics of about two million crystals made up of four chemical elements. The researchers were able to identify 90 previously unknown thermodynamically stable crystals that can be regarded as new materials.

Chemistry - Physics - 13.09.2016
On-Surface Chemistry Leads to Novel Products
On-Surface Chemistry Leads to Novel Products
On-surface chemical reactions can lead to novel chemical compounds not yet synthesized by solution chemistry. The first-step, second-step, and third-step products can be analyzed in detail using a high-resolution atomic force microscope, as demonstrated in Nature by scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at Basel University and their colleagues from Japan and Finland.

Physics - Pharmacology - 08.09.2016
Affordable detectors for gamma radiation
A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents, work just as well as conventional cadmium telluride semi-conductors, which are considerably more complicated to produce.

Health - Physics - 06.09.2016
Nanotechnology Supports Treatment of Malignant Melanoma
Nanotechnology Supports Treatment of Malignant Melanoma
Changes in the genetic make-up of tissue samples can be detected quickly and easily using a new method based on nanotechnology. This report researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel in first clinical tests with genetic mutations in patients with malignant melanoma.

Physics - 02.09.2016
Michel Calame appointed new head of lab
The Reliability Science and Technology lab is set to focus on the topic of nanoscale transport phenomena and will have a new head, Michel Calame.