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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
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 - 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 - 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.

Research Management - 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
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.

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.

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 - 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.

Physics - Electroengineering - 26.08.2016
Electrons at the speed limit
Electrons at the speed limit
Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now investigated how fast electrons can ultimately be controlled with electric fields. Their insights are of importance for the petahertz electronics of the future.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.08.2016
Deuteron smaller than thought
Deuteron smaller than thought
The deuteron - one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron - is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by an international research group. A deuteron is a very simple atomic nucleus made up of just one proton and one neutron - that is, one each of the two nuclear building blocks.

Physics - Chemistry - 12.08.2016
The deuteron too poses a mystery
The deuteron too poses a mystery
The deuteron — just like the proton — is smaller than previously thought The deuteron — one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron — is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by an international research group that carried out experiments at the Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI.

Physics - Chemistry - 03.08.2016
Better Contrast Agents Based on Nanoparticles
Scientists at the University of Basel have developed nanoparticles which can serve as efficient contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging. This new type of nanoparticles produce around ten times more contrast than the actual contrast agents and are responsive to specific environments. The journal Chemical has published these results.

Health - Physics - 26.07.2016
Designer nuclide for medical applications
Designer nuclide for medical applications
Radionuclides are unstable atoms that emit radiation when they decay in an attempt to obtain stability.

Physics - 26.07.2016
A new Type of Quantum Bit
A new Type of Quantum Bit
In a quantum computer, quantum states form the smallest information units and replace the binary code used by today's computers. Until now, these so-called qubits were typically created in a semiconductor using individual electrons, but these were vulnerable to dephasing. Now, an international team of researchers led by physicists from the University of Basel has succeeded in using a missing electron to create a qubit.

Physics - Environment - 21.07.2016
New journal for nanosafety
Empa researcher Bernd Nowack is one of the editors-in-chief of the trade journal NanoImpact, which was launched in May, the first journal to focus solely on nanosafety research.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 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.

Physics - Computer Science - 18.07.2016
A Playful Approach to Quantum Computing
A Playful Approach to Quantum Computing
One day, quantum computers will perform rapid calculations and solve complex tasks for us. However, there are a few hurdles to overcome along the way.

Physics - Event - 17.07.2016
Medals Awarded to Physics Talent at the International Physics Olympiad
Medals Awarded to Physics Talent at the International Physics Olympiad
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