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23.02.2017 | News

Rare proteins collapse earlier

Some organisms are able to survive in hot springs, while others can only live at mild temperatures because their proteins aren’t able to withstand such extreme heat. ETH researchers investigated these differences and showed that often only a few key proteins determine the life and heat-induced death of a cell. Read more 

22.02.2017 | Press release

Old Masters for young students

ETH Zurich’s Collection of Prints and Drawings is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. To mark this occasion, it is not only opening up its extraordinary collection and displaying selected treasures, it is also focusing on attracting a younger audience and intensifying collaboration with ETH researchers. Read more 

21.02.2017 | News

Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change

As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium. Read more 

21.02.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Innovation cannot be taught; it must be learned

ETH President Lino Guzzella welcomed Alexander van der Bellen to the University on Friday, where the Austrian President was shown how ETH is encouraging innovation. Read more 

17.02.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Digital reconstruction of teeth

ETH Zurich researchers and Disney Research have produced a new algorithm that allows non-invasive reconstruction of the teeth and gums from digital photos. Read more 

16.02.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Voyage to the base of the food chain

On the second leg of the journey around the Antarctic, the research vessel Akademik Treshnikov sets out from Tasmania to the frozen edge of Antarctica, before heading on eastwards to Chile. An oceanographer, whose knowledge of the Southern Ocean was previously limited to theory, blogs from on board. Read more 

15.02.2017 | News

Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation

If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover. This applies in particular to trees with large fruit where the seeds are distributed by birds, as ETH scientists have shown in a rainforest in India. Read more 

14.02.2017 | News

Success by deception

Theoretical physicists from ETH Zurich deliberately misled intelligent machines, and thus refined the process of machine learning. They created a new method that allows computers to categorise data – even when humans have no idea what this categorisation might look like. Read more 

13.02.2017 | News

Tapping into underground urban heat islands

Cities are heat islands – not only above ground but below ground too, and therein lies the enormous potential to better harness this energy through geothermal heat exchangers. A group of researchers demonstrated this in a case study conducted in the city of Zurich. Read more 

10.02.2017 | News

Taming complexity

Quantum systems consisting of many particles are a major challenge for physicists, since their behaviour can be determined only with immense computational power. ETH physicists have now discovered an elegant way to simplify the problem. Read more 

09.02.2017 | Press release

Medicine and data science as future focuses

Medicine and data science are top priorities for the ETH Zurich Executive Board. Initiatives such as the new Bachelor’s degree course in medicine, new continuing education programmes or the return of the Cybathlon in 2020 demonstrate that ETH wants to use its knowledge more directly for the good of society. Read more 

08.02.2017 | News

Assessing assessments

How someone learns depends largely on how they are assessed. To help ETH retain its leading position in the education of young talent, about 100 educational decision makers from ETH Zurich attended a two-day retreat on the topic of assessment. Read more 

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