Of cancer therapy research and Mars volcanism

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(Photograph: Takahiro Miki) (Photograph: Takahiro Miki)

A special year is soon coming to an end. In 2022, much has been researched, developed and invented at ETH Zurich. ETH News looks back on an eventful past year.

January

Robot ANYmal can walk over hill and dale - thanks to its visual perception and sense of touch, made possible by artificial intelligence.

February

Drawing inspiration from a butterfly, researchers create structural colours using a nano 3D printer.

March

researchers break down Plexiglas into its chemical building blocks. This is a step towards the recycling of plastics.

April

ETH spin-off Climeworks raises 600 million Swiss francs in a financing round, which it will use to build large CO2 filter plants worldwide.

For the first time ever, a multidisciplinary research team successfully transplants a donor liver that had been treated in a machine for three days.

June

Breast cancer tumours metastasize mostly when people are asleep. This finding could greatly change future diagnoses and treatment.

July

With the help of satellite data , researchers at ETH Zurich develop a method to quantify the amount of carbon released from Arctic permafrost.

August

ETH Zurich and UBS launch a strategic partnership aimed at promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, and raising interest in STEM subjects.

September

ETH Zurich opens a new research and teaching centre with a focus on exploring the origin and prevalence of life on Earth and beyond.

October

Mars has been generally considered a geologically dead planet. An international team of researchers led by ETH Zurich reports that seismic signals indicate vulcanism still plays an active role in shaping the Martian surface.

November

F or the first time, researchers have been able to make a superconducting component from graphene that is sensitive to magnetic fields.

December

Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed a new transparent gold nanocoating that harnesses sunlight to heat the lenses of glasses, thereby preventing them from fogging in humid conditions.