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Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
27.04.2017
Getting a Handle on Safety
Getting a Handle on Safety
Protons can accurately target and eliminate cancerous cells by erasing their genetic substance DNA. Doctors at the Centre for Proton Therapy at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI use protons to treat patients with deep-seated tumours or ocular cancer.
Physics/Materials Science
12.04.2017
The double agents
They have two e-mail addresses, two offices, and two filing cabinets in two locations: Around 60 of the researchers at PSI are at the same time professors or lecturers at a Swiss university.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.04.2017
A better understanding of nanomaterials
A better understanding of nanomaterials
In the past six years, the National Research Programme "Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials" (NRP 64) intensively studied the development, use, behaviour and degradation of engineered nanomaterials, including their impact on humans and on the environment. Twenty-three research projects on biomedicine, the environment, energy, construction materials and food demonstrated the enormous potential of engineered nanoparticles for numerous applications in industry and medicine.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
06.04.2017
Second beamline for SwissFEL
Second beamline for SwissFEL
This year the first pilot experiments are starting at the free-electron X-ray laser SwissFEL. This new large-scale research facility of the PSI will generate very short pulses of X-ray light with the characteristics of laser light. With this X-ray light, researchers can carry out a broad spectrum of experiments.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
05.04.2017
Federal Council sets strategic goals for the ETH Domain for 2017-2020
Bern, 05.04.2017 - On 5 April 2017 the Federal Council approved the strategic goals for the ETH Domain for 2017-2020.
Physics/Materials Science
31.03.2017
Science responds to industry
Science responds to industry
At the symposium ‘The Global Energy Challenge - A Corporate View', representatives of international companies will present their energy strategies and visions for the future, while researchers from ETH Zurich evaluate the strategies from a scientific point of view.
Physics/Materials Science
30.03.2017
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
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.
Event - Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science
29.03.2017
Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann meets British Minister of State Jo Johnson
Bern, 29.03.2017 - On 29 March Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), met his British counterpart, Jo Johnson, the Minister of State for Universities.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
28.03.2017
Dominique Derome new Head of Laboratory
Dominique Derome new Head of Laboratory
On 1 April 2017, Dominique Derome will become the new Head of the Laboratory for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics.
Careers/Employment - Physics/Materials Science
24.03.2017
Facilitating innovation in space
Facilitating innovation in space
The ESA BIC Switzerland  programme is starting its second round with seven additional start-ups. Amongst others, the jury was won over by the ETH spin-off ‘IRsweep'. Using a spectrometer that utilises infra-red laser radiation, the startup wants to make environmental analysis from space more precise.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2017
Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age
Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age
Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Paul Scherrer Institute report that it is these reactions that are responsible for the hydrophobic effect.
Physics/Materials Science
21.03.2017
Start with the users
Start with the users
An app for building managers - or data glasses that help you learn physics concepts' During the first "SPH Innovation Challenge", ETH students spent a week working on their own project ideas.
Physics/Materials Science - 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.
Computer Science/Telecom - Physics/Materials Science
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.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science
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/Materials Science
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/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.
Physics/Materials Science - 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/Materials Science
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.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
28.02.2017
Welcome to Esiville
Welcome to Esiville
With increasing expansion of solar and wind plants, integrating irregularly generated power into the existing energy system is becoming a challenge.
Physics/Materials Science
27.02.2017
At home in NEST
At home in NEST
Two students are now living in the NEST unit Vision Wood. Communications intern Ramona Ronner visited Patryk Spera and David Norris in their very unusual flat, and talked to them about their life in a research environment.
Physics/Materials Science
22.02.2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
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.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.01.2017
Summer heat for the winter
Summer heat for the winter
Can thermal solar energy be stored until wintertime? Yes, this is possible, using a cheap material like sodium lye.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
03.01.2017
Looking back at 2016 (2/2)
Looking back at 2016 (2/2)
Slowing the aging process, improving data security, enabling paraplegics to walk again, transporting vaccines at room temperature to warm countries, creating jobs with the CHF 400 million raised by spin-offs - those are just some of the many areas where EPFL scientists have made a lasting contribution.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
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.
Physics/Materials Science
15.12.2016
The All-In-One outdoor sleep system for
The All-In-One outdoor sleep system for
As of today the All-In-One sleep system developed by the «Polarmond» start-up company is ready for delivery.
Physics/Materials Science
13.12.2016
A golden era for
A golden era for "fashionistas"
The gold thread developed at Empa is having extensive repercussions. Hot on the heels of a dessous collection being refined with the new technology, scarves and luxury watches are now also available.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science - 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.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
05.12.2016
Roche’s Gazyva/Gazyvaro Helped People With Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma Live Significantly Longer Without Their Disease Worsening Compared to MabThera/Rituxan
Roche's Gazyva/Gazyvaro Helped People With Previously Untreated Follicular Lymphoma Live Significantly Longer Without Their Disease Worsening Compared to MabThera/Rituxan First Phase III study to show superior progression-free survival compared to MabThera/Rituxan-based standard of care treatment for most common slow-growing form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma Results were presented during the Plenary Scientific Session at 58th American Society of Hema
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
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/Materials Science
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/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
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.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
25.11.2016
20 years of high-precision combat against cancer
20 years of high-precision combat against cancer
Developed at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, the spot-scanning technique for proton therapy has been treating patients, gently and efficiently, since 1996. At the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI on the 25th of November, 1996, the first cancer patient worldwide was treated with a new irradiation method: the so-called spot-scanning technique for proton beams.
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