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Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
20.10.2017
EPFL spin-off Abionic poised to break into the US market
EPFL spin-off Abionic poised to break into the US market
The United States Food and Drug Administration has just registered Abionic's rapid allergy diagnostic system, which tests for sensitivity to four common respiratory allergens in the United States.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Physics/Materials Science
16.10.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
11.10.2017
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Lithium ion batteries are flammable and the price of the raw material is rising. Are there alternatives' Yes: Empa and ETH Zürich researchers have discovered promising approaches as to how we might produce batteries out waste graphite and scrap metal.
Physics/Materials Science - History/Archeology
10.10.2017
From golden emperor to filled Buddha
With PSI's neutron beams, metal objects can be rendered transparent. This helps archaeologists not only to see what is hidden in their hollow spaces.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
09.10.2017
Sticking instead of stitching
In spite of medical advances, wound-related complications arising after operations can still be life-threatening. In order to avoid these complications in the future, a new nanoparticle-based tissue glue has been developed by researchers at Empa. There are internal and external areas of the body where it is difficult to apply stitches.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
09.10.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
05.10.2017
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
04.10.2017
Highlighting the significance of structural analysis of biomolecules
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland, U.S.-based German scientist Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson of the United Kingdom for the development of structural analysis of single biological molecules by means of cryo-electron microscopy.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
03.10.2017
"Astronomy has gained a new eye"
The observation of gravitational waves last year captivated professionals in the field. Experts, including at ETH Zurich, expected that this discovery would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
02.10.2017
Biosensor for heavy metals
Biosensor for heavy metals
A team of Empa scientists has developed a biosensor which allows them to detect elevated concentrations of copper in a simple, quick and economic way. Copper, like other heavy metals is problematic in high concentrations, both for the environment and for human health. It is no secret that heavy metals such as copper are dangerous substances which can have grave consequences for both our environment and for human health.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
26.09.2017
Holograms for molecules
Holograms for molecules
Scientists at ETH Zurich and Roche have developed a completely new method for the analysis of molecules in liquids on a chip. The possible applications of this technology are immense. It has the potential, inter alia, to revolutionise medical diagnostics. Much can be detected in blood or urine: viral illnesses, metabolic disorders or autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, for instance.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
22.09.2017
Roche receives EU approval of Gazyvaro for people with previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma
Roche receives EU approval of Gazyvaro for people with previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma Approval is based on phase III GALLIUM study results, which showed superior progression-free survival for Gazyva/Gazyvaro compared to MabThera/Rituxan Roche announced today that the European Commission has approved Gazyvaro (obinutuzumab) in combination with chemotherapy, followed by Gazyvaro maintenance in people achieving a response, as a new treatment for previously untreated advanced follicular lymphoma.
Physics/Materials Science
21.09.2017
Wave needle and thread goodbye - and
Over the last few years, Empa scientists have developed a novel process that fuses synthetic fiber fabrics - making the "seam" airtight and waterproof. In order to exploit the innovative technology commercially, Empa researchers Alexander Haag and Michel Schmid recently founded the spin-off "Nahtlos", located in the Startfeld innovation center in St. Gallen right next door to Empa.
Physics/Materials Science
21.09.2017
Rapid imaging of granular matter
Rapid imaging of granular matter
Granular systems such as gravel or powders can be found everywhere, but studying them is not easy. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a method by which pictures of the inside of granular systems can be taken ten thousand times faster than before. Even in our modern world full of highly technological machines and devices it is still impossible to predict when rockslides, such as the recent one in Graubünden, or earthquakes will occur and how exactly they evolve.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
20.09.2017
World record solar cells for
World record solar cells for "move"
Swiss start-up Flisom is ready for the global market: The company, a spin-off from ETH Zürich and Empa, has developed a unique roll-to-roll process for the cost-effective production of flexible and highly efficient thin-film solar modules.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
20.09.2017
X-ray and neutron imaging for palaeontologists and archaeologists
The interior of fossils and artefacts that are hundreds, thousands and yes, sometimes millions of years old can be examined at two PSI research facilities. A conversation with Federica Marone and Eberhard Lehmann, who are opening a new view into the past with their methods. Ms. Marone, Mr. Lehmann  -  palaeontologists and archaeologists regularly come to you to look inside fossils and ancient objects with your non-destructive analysis methods.
Physics/Materials Science
15.09.2017
Second lease of life for used batteries
Second lease of life for used batteries
What can we do with aging scooter batteries' Instead of scrapping them and recycling their components, the batteries could be left intact and re-used in a solar power storage cabinet.
Physics/Materials Science
14.09.2017
The hard worker from Val Mesolcina
For Aldo Antognini, physics and conviviality are in the blood PSI researcher Aldo Antognini has received more than 2.2 million Swiss francs from the EU for his latest experiment.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
13.09.2017
Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material
Quantum Sensors Decipher Magnetic Ordering in a New Semiconducting Material
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale.
Physics/Materials Science
11.09.2017
Using Mirrors to Improve the Quality of Light Particles
Using Mirrors to Improve the Quality of Light Particles
Scientists from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute have succeeded in dramatically improving the quality of individual photons generated by a quantum system. The scientists have successfully put a 10-year-old theoretical prediction into practice. With their paper, published recently in Physical Review X, they have taken an important step towards future applications in quantum information technology.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
07.09.2017
High-speed Quantum Memory for Photons
High-speed Quantum Memory for Photons
Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a memory that can store photons. These quantum particles travel at the speed of light and are thus suitable for high-speed data transfer.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
06.09.2017
Particle physicists on a quest for
Particle physicists on a quest for "new physics"
EPFL's physicists are moving forward in their efforts to solve the mysteries of the universe. A particle detector made up of 10,000 kilometers of scintillating fiber is under construction and will be added onto CERN's particle accelerator.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
04.09.2017
Like a Revolving Door: How Shuttling Proteins Operate Nuclear Pores
Like a Revolving Door: How Shuttling Proteins Operate Nuclear Pores
Nuclear pore complexes are tiny channels where the exchange of substances between the cell nucleus and the cytoplasm takes place. Scientists at the University of Basel report on startling new research that might overturn established models of nuclear transport regulation. Their study published in the Journal of Cell Biology reveals how shuttling proteins known as importins control the function of nuclear pores - as opposed to the view that nuclear pores control the shuttling of importins.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
31.08.2017
A virtual tour through "move"
Goodbye to fossil fuels, hello to renewables: Empa demonstrates how the mobility of the future can work without fossil energy in its mobility demonstrator "move".
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
23.08.2017
Custom-tailoring better metallic materials
An interview with Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens Using the large research facilities at PSI, Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens examines the inner workings of metals.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
22.08.2017
Treating arthritis with algae
Researchers at ETH Zurich, Empa and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF are pursuing a new approach to treating arthritis.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
03.08.2017
Testing the Limits for the Patients’ Benefit
Radiation therapy using protons is a success story at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI. For several decades now, doctors have been administering a gentle form of radiation treatment to patients with ocular tumours or those located deep inside the body.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.07.2017
From Zurich to Berlin in 35 minutes
From Zurich to Berlin in 35 minutes
Fifty students from ETH Zurich and other Swiss universities want to revolutionise transport. For a race set up by Elon Musk, they have developed a zero emission capsule that could in future transport people and goods through a vacuum tube at almost the speed of sound.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Physics/Materials Science
21.07.2017
Cities suffer from higher temperatures
Cities suffer from higher temperatures
June 2017 broke quite a few weather records in Switzerland. Above all the month was extraordinarily hot, the second hottest June on records, peaking in a heat wave between 19 and 23 June. Cities heat up even more than the surrounding regions, an effect known as urban heat islands.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
20.07.2017
3D imaging of surface chemistry in confinement
3D imaging of surface chemistry in confinement
EPFL researchers have developed an optical imaging tool to visualize surface chemistry in real time. They imaged the interfacial chemistry in the microscopically confined geometry of a simple glass micro-capillary. The glass is covered with hydroxyl (-OH) groups that can lose a proton - a much-studied chemical reaction that is important in geology, chemistry and technology.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
19.07.2017
Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information
Manipulating Electron Spins Without Loss of Information
Physicists have developed a new technique that uses electrical voltages to control the electron spin on a chip. The newly-developed method provides protection from spin decay, meaning that the contained information can be maintained and transmitted over comparatively large distances, as has been demonstrated by a team from the University of Basel's Department of Physics and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
19.07.2017
A uranium-based compound improves manufacturing of nitrogen products
A uranium-based compound improves manufacturing of nitrogen products
EPFL scientists have developed a uranium-based complex that can allow nitrogen fixation reactions to take place in ambient conditions.
Physics/Materials Science
14.07.2017
Coupling a Nano-trumpet With a Quantum Dot Enables Precise Position Determination
Coupling a Nano-trumpet With a Quantum Dot Enables Precise Position Determination
Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel have succeeded in coupling an extremely small quantum dot with 1,000 times larger trumpet-shaped nanowire.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
11.07.2017
From Bangalore via Cambridge to Zurich
From Bangalore via Cambridge to Zurich
Priyank Kumar became a materials scientist mainly by chance. His enthusiasm for complex simulations of material properties took him from India to MIT, and then to ETH.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
07.07.2017
Research experience from California benefits Swiss X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL
Research experience from California benefits Swiss X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL
Two scientists who have studied superconductivity and magnetic molecular switching at the Californian X-ray laser LCLS have relocated to PSI. Here, they will contribute to the development of the SwissFEL. It's the camera that allows researchers to make extremely rapid processes visible: the X-ray free-electron laser.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
07.07.2017
X-ray Lasers Show Mechanisms behind Superconductors and Magnetic Switching
X-ray Lasers Show Mechanisms behind Superconductors and Magnetic Switching
Research experience from California's X-ray free-electron laser benefits SwissFEL It's the camera that allows researchers to make extremely rapid processes visible: the X-ray free-electron laser. Currently, however, only three sites worldwide—in the US, Japan and South Korea—have facilities capable of carrying out such measurements.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
29.06.2017
Fuel and chemicals from plant waste
Fuel and chemicals from plant waste
From the inexhaustible raw material lignin, which as a constituent of many plants accumulates in great quantities, fuels and other important substances could in theory be extracted for industry - so far, though, it can't be done efficiently enough. Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and ETH Zurich have now found a method for identifying heretofore unseen intermediate products of the catalytic reactions used for this conversion.
Mathematics - Physics/Materials Science
29.06.2017
Light switches from a spray can
Light switches from a spray can
Researchers are on the lookout for rapid, reliable and affordable switches for the opto-electronics of the future.
Physics/Materials Science - Environment/Sustainable Development
26.06.2017
Microplastics from the washing machine
Microplastics from the washing machine
Even before the UN Ocean Conference in early June, we already knew about the disastrous ways in which plastic affects the world's oceans. Billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans. Their effects are also sufficiently well-known: marine animals swallow them or get tangled up in them, which causes them to die in agony.
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.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
23.06.2017
Roche presents new data from GALLIUM study reinforcing clinical benefit of Gazyva/Gazyvaro in people with previously untreated follicular lymphoma
Roche presents new data from GALLIUM study reinforcing clinical benefit of Gazyva/Gazyvaro in people with previously untreated follicular lymphoma Longer follow-up showed sustained benefit in progression-free survival of Gazyva/Gazyvaro-based treatment over MabThera/Rituxan-based treatment regardless of chemotherapy regimens People with follicular lymphoma who received Gazyva/Gazyvaro-based treatment reported improvement in health-related qualit
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
16.06.2017
Radon Increases Risk for Malignant Skin Cancer
A new study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) about residential radon exposure in Switzerland shows that the radioactive gas radon increases the risk for developing malignant skin cancer. It is undisputed that radon is a risk factor for developing lung cancer. New research by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in the context of the Swiss National Cohort study now shows that the naturally occurring radioactive gas radon within one's home also increases the risk to develop malignant skin cancer (malignant melanoma).
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
14.06.2017
From the garage to the world
In 1999, PSI researchers founded the spin-off firm SwissNeutronics. Today the company has a staff of 15, sells high-precision components to research institutions all over the world, and still is based in the small town of Klingnau - not far from PSI.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
13.06.2017
New "WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Health"
A lack of physical activity increases the risk for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases as well as diabetes and cancer.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
09.06.2017
Graphene electrodes offer new functionalities in molecular electronic nanodevices
Graphene electrodes offer new functionalities in molecular electronic nanodevices
Media releases, information for representatives of the media Media Relations (E) An international team of researchers led by the University of Bern and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has revealed a new way to tune the functionality of next-generation molecular electronic devices using graphene.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
07.06.2017
More concepts, fewer facts
More concepts, fewer facts
ETH biology lecturers have tested secondary school leavers and students to determine their knowledge of biological concepts.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.05.2017
New Method of Characterizing Graphene
New Method of Characterizing Graphene
Scientists have developed a new method of characterizing grapheneâ?‘s properties without applying disruptive electrical contacts, allowing them to investigate both the resistance and quantum capacitance of graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Baselâ''s Department of Physics reported their findings in the journal Physical Review Applied.
Physics/Materials Science - Business/Economics
29.05.2017
To the limits of the feasible
First, the engineers and the physicists had to find each other. Then, however, the company Daetwyler built the undulators for the free-electron X-ray laser SwissFEL of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI as precisely as was possible: to one-tenth of the width of a hair.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
23.05.2017
Soot particles from GDI engines
Soot particles from GDI engines
Are new gasoline cars environmentally friendly? Not always, says a new study led by Empa scientists: some direct-injection gasoline engines emit just as many soot particles as unfiltered diesel cars did in the past.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
23.05.2017
High voltage for tomorrow's particle accelerator
High voltage for tomorrow’s particle accelerator
On behalf of CERN, researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a high-tech device for the production of extremely precise, high voltage pulses that could be used in the next generation of particle accelerators.
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