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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 

14.04.2014 | From the editors | Spotlight

Major interest in SNSF “Emergency solutions”

Martin Vetterli 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 

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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 | 1 comment

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 

04.04.2014 | Peter Rüegg | Research

Virus controls progression of HIV infection


A research team has discovered that the HI virus itself determines the host viral load to a surprisingly high degree. This has a major impact on the development of HIV infections into AIDS. In an interview with ETH News the infection researchers Sebastian Bonhoeffer and Gabriel Levanthal describe how they came to this realisation and what conclusions they draw from it. Read more 

02.04.2014 | From the editors | Research

Driverless parking for tomorrow’s vehicles

v charge

Electric vehicles that are able to park and charge themselves could contribute to sustainable mobility in the future. In an EU-funded research project coordinated by ETH Zurich, scientists work on new concepts of transportation and low-cost technologies that enable driverless valet parking and charging. Read more 

01.04.2014 | Rebecca Wyss | Spotlight

Academic excellence on Monte Verità

Congressi Stefano Franscini

The “Congressi Stefano Franscini” has been organising successful academic conferences on Monte Verità for 25 years. Read more 

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