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23.04.2014 | Angelika Jacobs | Research

Male-biased Tweeting

male-biased tweeting

Today women take an active part in public life. Without a doubt, they also converse with other women. In fact, they even talk to each other about other things besides men. As banal as it sounds, this is far from being the norm in Hollywood movies. The same goes for Twitter, as a new study shows. Read more 

22.04.2014 | From the editors | Spotlight | 1 comment

Highlights of 2013


The new annual report of ETH Zurich has just been published. As always, it provides an overview of the milestones reached during the financial year, along with facts and figures on teaching, staff, finance, research and the environment. Read more 

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17.04.2014 | Fabio Bergamin | Research

Thinnest feasible membrane produced

Darstellung einer Graphenmembran

A new nano-membrane made out of the “super material” graphene is extremely light and breathable. Not only can this open the door to a new generation of functional waterproof clothing, but also to ultra-rapid filtration. The membrane produced by the researchers at ETH Zurich is as thin as is technologically possible. Read more 

16.04.2014 | Franziska Schmid | Education

Training engaged in a balancing act


Do future civil engineers at ETH Zurich really learn what they will need in their working lives? And what will their training look like in future? A panel with representatives of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and industry discussed these topics. Read more 

14.04.2014 | Matthias Meier | Spotlight

Major interest in SNSF “Emergency solutions”

Johann Schneider- Ammann

The Swiss National Science Foundation’s temporary solutions aim to limit the damage after Switzerland’s exclusion from the EU’s research programmes. Switzerland’s full association with Horizon 2020 nevertheless continues to be the top objective of the Federal Council. Read more 

14.04.2014 | Media release | Research | 3 comments

Hereditary trauma


Extreme and traumatic events can change a person – and often, years later, even affect their children. Researchers of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now unmasked a piece in the puzzle of how the inheritance of traumas may be mediated. Read more 

11.04.2014 | Barbara Vonarburg | Research

The ATM strikes back

Hot foam

Hot foam may soon send criminals running if they damage ATM. ETH researchers have developed a special film that triggers an intense reaction when destroyed. The idea originates from a beetle that uses a gas explosion to fend off attackers. Read more 

10.04.2014 | Fabio Bergamin | Research

The result of slow degradation


Why do environmental pollutants accumulate in the cold polar regions? This may not only be due to the fact that many substances are less volatile at low temperatures, as has been long suspected, but also to their extremely slow natural degradation. Read more 

10.04.2014 | From the editors | Research

Camels emit less methane than cows or sheep


When ruminants digest, they exhale methane. Their contribution to this global greenhouse gas is considerable. So far the assumption had been that camels with similar digestion produce the same amount of the climate-damaging gas. However, researchers have now shown camels release less methane than ruminants. Read more 

08.04.2014 | Media release | Research

Glucosamine promotes longevity by mimicking a low-carb diet


The widely used food supplement glucosamine promotes longevity in ageing mice by approximately 10% due to improved glucose metabolism. Michael Ristow, a professor at ETH Zurich, and his team find that the compound does so “by mimicking a low-carb diet in elderly mice reflecting human retirees”. Read more 

08.04.2014 | Peter Rüegg | Education

Robots go for goal


Students from ETH Zurich made their debut at the Standard Platform League’s Robocup, a football championship for robots, this year. Their “dwarves” put in a solid performance. Read more 

04.04.2014 | Andrea Schmits | Spotlight

ETH website takes silver

Best of Swiss Web Award 2014

The Best of Swiss Web Awards were bestowed last night in Zurich’s Kongresshaus for the 14th time. ETH Zurich won silver for its web relaunch. Read more 

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