ETH News

21.07.2017 | News

“Asphalt has a major downside”

Together with scientists from Empa, ETH Professor Jan Carmeliet studied the latest heatwave last June. ETH News asked him where is the most pleasant place to be in Zurich in summer, and which structural measures should be taken to protect cities from extreme heat events. Read more 

10.06.2017 | Globe magazine

Programmed by computers

ETH Professor Martin Vechev is automating the computer programming process: he is one of the first researchers ever to teach computers how to write their own software. This makes him one of the founders of a new field of research that is growing rapidly. Read more 

02.06.2017 | News

How killer cells take out tumours

The use of immunotherapy to treat cancer is celebrating its first successes – but there are still many knowledge gaps in the underlying mechanisms of action. In a study of mice with soft tissue tumours, ETH researchers have now shown how endogenous killer cells track down the tumours with the help of dormant viruses. Read more 

29.05.2017 | News

Detailed view of a molecular toxin transporter

Transport proteins in the cells of our body protect us from particular toxins. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Basel have now determined the high-resolution three-dimensional structure of a major human transport protein. In the long term, this could help to develop new medications. Read more 

23.05.2017 | News

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. Read more 

17.05.2017 | News | 1 Comment

City model created from images alone

ETH scientists have combined millions of images and videos into a three-dimensional, living model of the city of Zurich. The new technology has many possible applications – for example, it can analyse where and when pedestrians are on the move and parking spaces become free. Read more 

08.05.2017 | News | 3 Comments

Fabrication technology in the fourth dimension

Scientists use the term 4D printing to refer to the simple production of objects that can transform their shape at different times. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken this approach one major step further by developing a construction principle that can produce load-bearing and predictable structures. Read more 

19.04.2017 | News

Nanoparticles remain unpredictable

The way that nanoparticles behave in the environment is extremely complex. There is currently a lack of systematic experimental data to help understand them comprehensively, as ETH environmental scientists have shown in a large overview study. A more standardised approach would help to advance the research field. Read more 

30.03.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Nanomagnets for future data storage

An international team of researchers led by chemists from ETH Zurich have developed a method for depositing single magnetisable atoms onto a surface. This is especially interesting for the development of new miniature data storage devices. Read more 

17.03.2017 | News

Hydrogen inclusions mapped in high-resolution and in 3D

Using a nano-tomography method, material scientists have succeeded in localizing hydrogen inclusions within a structural metal in 3D for the first time. This was made possible by a uniquely modified measurement method developed at ETH Zurich. Read more 

14.03.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Liquid fuel for future computers

In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce. Read more 

28.02.2017 | News

Sustainable ceramics without a kiln

ETH material scientists have developed a new method of manufacturing ceramics that does not require the starting materials to be fired. Instead, they are compacted under high pressure at room temperature in a significantly more energy-efficient process. 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 

03.02.2017 | News

Can conflict be predicted?

Modern data science techniques can also be useful in conflict research. However, in an essay published in the journal Science, Lars-Erik Cederman, Professor of International Conflict Research at ETH Zurich, suggests that certain expectations regarding the predictability of armed conflict are unrealistic. ETH News caught up with him for a chat. Read more 

12.01.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Putting chromosomes through the shredder

When a certain human enzyme is left uncontrolled, it breaks up chromosomes into tiny pieces. This is damaging to cells, but useful for killing tumours. ETH researchers have now come to understand the underlying mechanism. Read more 

10.01.2017 | News

In a simple way to great complexity

ETH microbiologists have succeeded in showing that nature produces one of the most complex known bioactive natural products in a staggeringly simple way. The molecule originates from bacteria living in sea sponges. In future, it may be possible to produce the agent very easily using biotechnology, making it an interesting avenue for cancer research. Read more 

05.12.2016 | News

Flexibility increases water resistance

Butterfly wings are a prime example of how flexible and elastic materials can be extremely water-repellent. The relationship between elasticity and water resistance has now been described for the first time by researchers at ETH Zurich. The new finding could help to improve water-repellent textiles for use in tents or clothing. Read more 

02.12.2016 | News

High-precision magnetic field sensing

Scientists have developed a highly sensitive sensor to detect tiny changes in strong magnetic fields. The sensor may find widespread use in medicine and other areas. Read more 

28.11.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Networked colours

A team that includes ETH Zurich scientists is the first to use materials with a network-like structure to create a full spectrum of intense colours. The principle has long existed in nature: for example, in the colourful plumage of a particular species of bird in South America. Read more 

14.11.2016 | News

At the frontier of quantum physics

The ETH Zurich Latsis Prize 2016 goes to ETH physics professor Jonathan Home. He studies the frontier between quantum and classical physics using individual charged atoms that he controls with high precision. Read more 

03.11.2016 | News

Award for innovative cell culture technology

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new cell culture method, which may very well enable to forgo certain tests on animals in the future. The scientists were awarded an international prize for more humane treatment of laboratory animals. Read more 

20.10.2016 | News

First cyborg bacteria developed

ETH scientists have constructed bacteria in which growth can be controlled fully automatically by a computer. The interface between computer and bacteria is based on red and green light. The approach could help to optimise the biotechnological production of molecules. Read more 

11.10.2016 | News

Treating the inflammation in lymphedema

ETH researchers have discovered that certain cells in the immune system suppress the development of lymphedema. Anti-inflammatory therapies could therefore be the key to treating this previously incurable condition. Read more 

07.10.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Zurich aims to extend high profile research on skin

A new interdisciplinary, large-scale project from the "Hochschulmedizin Zürich" network focuses on skin research in Zurich. This will help the city to become a world-leading centre of research in this field. Read more 

03.10.2016 | News

Measuring forces with oscillations

Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered a peculiar feature in oscillations similar to that of a child‘s swing. As a result, they have succeeded in outlining a novel principle for small, high-resolution sensors, and have submitted a patent application for it. Read more 

29.09.2016 | News

Cellular test of strength

Biological cells can expand, contract and interact with neighbouring cells. With an advancement in a microscopy technique, ETH Zurich researchers can now readily, directly, and accurately determine which forces are at work during cell motion and where. The technique is used in areas such as cancer research. Read more 

12.09.2016 | News

Protein-like structures from the primordial soup

Experiments performed by ETH scientists have shown that it is remarkably easy for protein-like, two-dimensional structures – amyloids – to form from basic building blocks. This discovery supports the researchers’ hypothesis that primal life could have evolved from amyloids such as these. Read more 

11.08.2016 | News

Fewer low clouds in the tropics

With the help of satellite data, ETH scientists have shown that low-level cloud cover in the tropics thins out as the earth warms. Since this cloud cover has a cooling effect on the climate, the two-degree warming target may therefore be reached earlier than many models have predicted. Read more 

04.08.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Solid batteries improve safety

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a lithium-ion battery made entirely of solid material: it contains neither liquids nor gels. The battery cannot ignite, even at very high temperatures, giving it a safety advantage over conventional batteries. In addition, they allow new forms of battery design. Read more 

29.07.2016 | News

Lattice structure absorbs vibrations

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a lattice structure capable of absorbing a wide range of vibrations while also being useful as a load-bearing component – for example, in propellers, rotors and rockets. It can absorb vibrations in the audible range, which are the most undesirable in engineering applications. Read more 

18.07.2016 | News

Visualising muscle disease

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new marker substance for positron emission tomography (PET) that will allow them to monitor the progression of the degenerative muscle disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a patient’s brain. Read more 

14.07.2016 | News

Extracting the content of single living cells

Biologists are increasingly interested in the behaviour of individual cells, rather than the one of an entire cell population. A new method developed at ETH could revolutionise single cell analysis. The technology uses the world’s smallest syringe to sample the content of individual cells for molecular analyses. Read more 

30.06.2016 | News

Paving the way for the treatments of the future

Experts see great opportunities in the field of personalised medicine, but it will require the widespread exchange of patient data. This is one of the key lessons to emerge from this year’s Latsis Symposium at ETH Zurich. The researchers called on politicians to formulate data protection legislation so that it does not hinder progress in the field of personalised medicine. Read more 

17.06.2016 | News

New centre for public governance

ETH Zurich is establishing a new centre specialising in public governance. The intention is to fill the gap in the educational programmes currently on offer, and to bolster ETH’s research activity in this sphere. Read more 

13.06.2016 | News

Chemicals from wood waste

Vitamins, medication, solvents, crop protection products and polymers – in future, it will be possible to manufacture many of these from wood waste. The processes will also be at least as cost-effective, environmentally friendly and safe as current oil-based processes. This has been demonstrated by an international team of researchers headed by ETH Zurich scientists. Read more 

10.06.2016 | News

Proteome of an entire family

Based on comprehensive protein data on mice, researchers at ETH Zurich and EPFL have gained new insights into the mechanism of metabolic disorders. A key factor in their success was the data compiled by the scientists on several different but closely related animals. Read more 

08.06.2016 | News

Broad acceptance of gender equality at ETH Zurich

Two years after its launch, an evaluation of ETH Zurich’s Gender Action Plan has confirmed a greater awareness of gender equality issues within ETH. However, it will take a while longer before there is a significant increase in the proportion of female students and professors. Read more 

24.05.2016 | News

Getting the most out of natural gas

ETH scientists have discovered a new catalyst that allows the easy conversion of natural gas constituents into precursors for the production of fuels or complex chemicals, such as polymers or pharmaceuticals. The new catalyst is extremely stable and results in fewer unwanted by-products. Read more 

06.05.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Continental drift created biologically diverse coral reefs

An international research team has studied the geographical pattern of the evolution of corals and reef fish. Their findings show that today's geographical distribution of tropical marine diversity is the result of 100 million years of Earth history and the continental drifts that shifted the position of shallow reef habitats. Read more 

01.04.2016 | News

Artificial molecules

A new method allows scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM to fabricate artificial molecules out of different types of microspheres. The researchers would like to one day use such tiny objects in micro-robots, for photonics and basic biochemical research. Read more 

30.03.2016 | News | 3 Comments

Open-source microprocessor

In future, it will be easier and cheaper for developers at universities and SMEs to build wearable microelectronic devices and chips for the Internet of Things, thanks to the PULPino open-source processor, which has been developed at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna. Read more 

14.03.2016 | News

Broccoli ingredient has positive influence on drug efficacy

Colon cancer cells that are pretreated with an ingredient found in cruciferous vegetables are more likely to be killed by a cancer drug that is currently in development, found ETH scientists. This is one of only a few examples of a food ingredient that, in moderate amounts, has a positive influence on the efficacy of a cancer drug. Read more 

13.03.2016 | News

Quality control for genetic sequencing

Genetic sequencing is in widespread use today, but until now has not been accurate enough to identify an antibody immune response. Now, thanks to a new control system based on genetic barcodes, the technique is far more reliable – and ready for use in the development of vaccines and antibody drugs. Read more 

20.02.2016 | News

Protective covers for implants

ETH scientists have developed a membrane that protects medical implants from unwanted encapsulation by connective tissue. The researchers founded a spin-off company just over a year ago and have now been awarded funding by the start-up competition Venture Kick. Read more 

19.02.2016 | News

Breaking the vicious circle of heart failure

In patients with heart failure, the pumping power of the heart decreases in a fatal downward spiral. Pharmacologists at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have now succeeded in breaking this vicious circle in the mouse model. Their approach could one day also benefit humans. Read more 

15.02.2016 | News

"Swiss army knife" molecule

Scientists at ETH Zurich and an ETH spin-off have developed a novel polymer for coating materials, in order to prevent biofilms from forming on their surfaces. Thanks to the technological platform developed, it is now possible to coat durably a variety of different materials using the same polymeric molecule. Such coatings are of relevance for medical applications, among others. Read more 

12.02.2016 | News

Signpost for sentinel cells

Sentinel cells of the immune system can enter the finest lymphatic capillary vessels present in tissues. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now discovered the molecular signpost that guides these cells in the direction of the nearest lymph node. Read more 

30.01.2016 | News

The device with the fine nose

ETH scientists pushed the sensitivity limits of state-of-the-art trace gas analysers. The instruments are now ready for use in medicine, biological research and forensics. Read more 

20.01.2016 | News

Copper deposition to fabricate tiny 3D objects

A new 3D microprinting process allows scientists to manufacture tiny, complex metal components easily. The technology used was designed by ETH researchers years ago for biological research and has now been further developed for a completely different application. Read more 

13.01.2016 | News

3D mapping of entire buildings with mobile devices

Computer scientists working in a group led by ETH Professor Marc Pollefeys have developed a piece of software that makes it very easy to create 3D models of entire buildings. Running on a new type of tablet computer, the program generates 3D maps in real time. Read more 

11.01.2016 | News

Girls should expect poorer physics grades

Secondary school physics teachers with little teaching experience handed out significantly poorer grades to girls than boys for the exact same performance. This was the conclusion drawn by an ETH learning specialist from a study she conducted in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Read more 

08.01.2016 | News

In defence of pathogenic proteins

Protein deposits in cells, such as those associated with diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, can also be beneficial – at least for yeast cells –, as biochemists at ETH Zurich have discovered. The researchers found a new form of age-associated deposits in these cells, and they are now asking us to rethink our views on ageing and dementia. Read more 

06.01.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Nanowalls for smartphones

Researchers at ETH Zurich have manufactured transparent electrodes for use in touchscreens using a novel nanoprinting process. The new electrodes are some of the most transparent and conductive that have ever been developed. Read more 

02.12.2015 | News

The first comprehensive collection of plant bacteria

Researchers in Zurich and Cologne have collected a large number of bacterial strains that live on plants. The collection marks the beginning of a promising new field of research. Scientists can now systematically perform targeted laboratory investigations into how bacteria promote the growth and health of plants. Read more 

27.11.2015 | News

How cells create free space

In order to divide, cells in the intestinal wall have to leave their densely packed environment and migrate to the surface. ETH researchers have now discovered how they do this – using a tiny bed of nails. Read more 

25.11.2015 | News | 14 Comments

A new form of real gold, almost as light as air

Researchers at ETH Zurich have created a new type of foam made of real gold. It is the lightest form ever produced of the precious metal: a thousand times lighter than its conventional form and yet it is nearly impossible to tell the difference with the naked eye. There are many possible applications. Read more 

12.11.2015 | News

Identifying the risk of premature birth

ETH biomechanic Sabrina Badir impressed the jury at the international ideas competition Falling Walls Lab. She developed a device that can determine the risk of a premature birth. Read more 

30.09.2015 | News

Real-time analysis of metabolic products

Biologists at ETH Zurich have developed a method that, for the first time, makes it possible to measure concentration changes of several hundred metabolic products simultaneously and almost in real time. The technique could inspire basic biological research and the search for new pharmaceutical agents. Read more 

22.09.2015 | News

Chemistry for the methanol economy

Unstable crude oil prices and limited oil resources have made the production of petrochemicals from methanol increasingly popular – above all in China. Scientists at ETH Zurich have now deciphered the complex chemistry behind the start of this process. Read more 

21.09.2015 | News

Acoustic imaging with outline detection

Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new method to differentiate very weak and short sound waves from longer ones. When used in acoustic imaging, their technology makes it possible to detect only the outline of objects. Read more 

05.09.2015 | News

MicroRNAs are digested, not absorbed

There has been a lot of controversy in recent years over the issue of whether exogenous microRNA molecules can be absorbed from food and even have a physiological effect. A new study by ETH professor Markus Stoffel using mouse models settles the question by demonstrating that the posited dietary uptake does not take place. This questions the potentially promising concept of creating functional foods based on microRNAs. Read more 

04.09.2015 | News

At the frontier of the quantum world

French Nobel laureate Serge Haroche will give the Paul Bernays Lectures next week at ETH Zurich. In his research he deals with the transition from quantum physics to classical physics. Read more 

24.08.2015 | News

"Personal contacts are important"

ETH Zurich's Industry Day will take place tomorrow. Over the course of the event, 19 ETH professors and scientists will present their current research to industry R&D representatives. One of them is Petra Dittrich, a Professor of Bioanalytics. In an interview with ETH News, she discusses her expectations for the day, as well as the importance of working with the business community. Read more 

10.08.2015 | News | 1 Comment

How a female X chromosome is inactivated

In female mammals, one of the two X chromosomes is inactivated. Thanks to research using special stem cells, geneticists at ETH Zurich have been able to provide detailed insight into the molecular mechanism behind this inactivation process. Read more 

07.08.2015 | News

Extremely strong and heat-resistant

ETH researchers have produced a thin film and extremely fine pillars from a new class of alloys made of multiple finely distributed elements. The material is resistant to extreme pressures and temperatures. Read more 

27.07.2015 | News | 3 Comments

Neural efficiency hypothesis confirmed

One of the big questions intelligence researchers grapple with is just how differences in intelligence are reflected in the human brain. Researchers at ETH Zurich have succeeded in studying further details relating to suspected functional differences in the brains of intelligent people. Read more 

15.06.2015 | News

Buckle up for fast ionic conduction

ETH material engineers found that the performance of ion-conducting ceramic membranes that are so important in industry depends largely on their strain and buckling profiles. For the first time, scientists can now selectively manipulate the buckling profile, and thus the physical properties, allowing new technical applications of these membranes. Read more 

13.06.2015 | Globe magazine

Renaissance of X-rays

ETH Professor Marco Stampanoni played a major role in advancing X-ray microscopy. Now, scientists can even shoot three-dimensional and extremely high-resolution films. Read more 

08.06.2015 | News | 2 Comments

New composite material as CO2 sensor

A new material changes its conductivity depending on the concentration of CO2 in the environment. The researchers who developed it have utilized the material to produce a miniature, simply constructed sensor. Read more 

05.06.2015 | News

Moving sector walls on the nano scale

Scientists at ETH Zurich are able to visualize and selectively modify the internal order of an intensively researched class of materials known as multiferroics. This opens the door to promising applications in electronics. The researchers are particularly interested in the walls of the ordered sections. Read more 

19.05.2015 | News

Chameleon proteins make individual cells visible

Researchers discovered a new mechanism of how fluorescent proteins can change colour. It enables the microscopic visualization of individual cells in their three-dimensional environment in living organisms. Read more 

16.04.2015 | News

Giant galaxies die from the inside out

An international team of researchers led by ETH scientists has gained new insights into how once active giant galaxies came to rest and ceased to form new stars. Read more 

02.04.2015 | News

Ribosome mapped at high resolution

Researchers have succeeded in achieving a high-resolution three-dimensional map of a comparatively large, complex and rare molecule: the complete ribosome (the protein-producing machinery) in the mitochondria (the intracellular powerhouse) of mammals. Read more 

02.04.2015 | News | 3 Comments

Giving it her all in both athletics and science

Bettina Heim has succeeded in publishing the results of her semester project in one of the most prestigious scientific journals. Heim was able to show why in certain tests current quantum computing devices were no faster than conventional computers, contrary to previous assumptions. ETH News met the former top athlete and now successful scientist. Read more 

31.03.2015 | News

From tobacco to cyberwood

Scientists from ETH Zurich have developed a thermometer that is at least 100 times more sensitive than previous temperature sensors. It consists of a bio-synthetic hybrid material of tobacco cells and nanotubes. Read more 

06.03.2015 | News

Personalising medicine with proteins

Ruedi Aebersold, Professor of Systems Biology, is one of the world’s leading researchers in proteomics. In the last few years, he has developed the proteomics method together with a team of international researchers to such an extent that doctors and clinical researchers can now use this technique as a tool. In an interview with ETH News, the professor at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich explains how information from proteins can advance what is commonly known as personalised medicine. Read more 

04.03.2015 | News

Vision for a sustainable energy future

Steven Chu, the American winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics who was US Secretary of Energy between 2009 and 2013, will deliver the Richard R. Ernst lecture this coming Wednesday at ETH Zurich. He will discuss his vision for an economy based on sustainable sources of energy. Read more 

18.02.2015 | News

Sunscreens may be harmful

Researchers at ETH Zurich asked consumers in German-speaking Switzerland how often they used sunscreens and other personal care products. The collected data make for interesting reading: part of the population applies sunscreen to the skin in quantities that could potentially be harmful to health. Read more 

17.02.2015 | News | 2 Comments

Voltage tester for beating cardiac cells

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in recording the current in membrane channels of contracting cardiac cells. To do this, the scientists combined an atomic force microscope with a widely used method for measuring electrical signals in cells. Read more 

27.01.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Demystifying nanocrystal solar cells

ETH researchers have developed a comprehensive model to explain how electrons flow inside new types of solar cells made of tiny crystals. The model allows for a better understanding of such cells and may help to increase their efficiency. Read more 

15.01.2015 | News

Damaged DNA amplified

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in amplifying genes altered by activities such as smoking – with changes that can lead to lung cancer. As the amplified genes retain the altered information, this marks an important step towards quickly and efficiently localising this type of genetic alteration and improving our ability to analyse causes of cancer. Read more 

17.12.2014 | News

Science to aid independence in old age

ETH Zurich is taking part in EIT Health, a new major EU research programme. As part of the project, more than 140 European companies and research institutes are developing solutions for problems in the field of health and old age. Read more 

27.11.2014 | News

Nitrogen build-up in the oceans

Man-made activities are having a direct impact on the biogeochemistry of the world’s oceans – not only in terms of carbon. Researchers have now shown that also nitrogen compounds released into the atmosphere from combustion processes and agriculture end up in the open ocean. Read more 

27.11.2014 | News

Award for cancer researcher

The pharmacist, Cristina Müller, has been awarded the Ruzicka Prize - one of Switzerland’s most important awards for young researchers in the field of chemistry. She is working on a method for irradiating cancer directly within the body. Read more 

18.11.2014 | News

Better micro-actuators to transport materials in liquids

Researchers have developed improved forms of tiny magnetic actuators thanks to new materials and a microscopic 3D printing technology. Read more 

07.11.2014 | News | 2 Comments

New antibiotic in mushroom that grows on horse dung

Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology at ETH Zurich have discovered a new protein with antibiotic properties in a mushroom that grows on horse dung. Researchers are now exploring the various potential applications. Read more 

06.11.2014 | News

"Research, promotion and reform"

The energy revolution can be achieved: this was the general tenor of the ETH Zurich Climate Roundtable held on Wednesday. However, this will require new technologies and innovation must be promoted accordingly. But the form that state regulatory intervention should take was the subject of controversial debate. Read more 

22.10.2014 | News

No-till farming only beneficial in dry regions

Scientists took a closer look at a much-discussed agricultural method, conservation agriculture, and examined its productivity. In a large-scale overview study, they paint a different picture of this less tillage intense farming method: high yields can only be achieved with the method in dry regions. Read more 

22.10.2014 | News

Precise and programmable biological circuits

A team led by ETH Professor Yaakov Benenson has developed several new components for biological circuits. These components are key building blocks for constructing precisely functioning and programmable bio-computers. Read more 

16.10.2014 (Updated: 22.01.2015) | News | 2 Comments

Extremely high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging

For the first time, researchers have succeeded to detect a single hydrogen atom using magnetic resonance imaging, which signifies a huge increase in the technology's spatial resolution. In the future, single-atom MRI could be used to shed new light on protein structures. Read more 

08.10.2014 | News

A clearer view of biological cells

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for advances in a high-resolution microscopy. One of the laureates, William Moerner, has a connection to ETH Zurich. Read more 

08.10.2014 | News | 1 Comment

The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic

Researchers in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich have calculated new benchmark figures to precisely describe the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from a mathematical perspective. Their results may help health authorities to contain the epidemic. Read more 

11.09.2014 | News

How salt causes buildings to crumble

Salt crystals are often responsible when buildings start to show signs of ageing. Researchers from the Institute for Building Materials have studied salt damage in greater depth and can now predict weathering processes more accurately. Read more 

18.08.2014 | News | 3 Comments

Why global warming is taking a break

The average temperature on Earth has barely risen over the past 16 years. ETH researchers have now found out why. And they believe that global warming is likely to continue again soon. Read more 

13.08.2014 | News

Polymer in two dimensions

The ultrathin material graphene is the current favourite of many materials scientists. ETH researchers have now managed to create a synthetic polymer that is almost as thin. This is the first time that a flat synthetic polymer has been produced and its structure analysed using X-ray crystallography. Read more 

31.07.2014 | News | 1 Comment

Impact of selective logging in tropical forests underestimated

Das Fällen einzelner Bäume in tropischen Wäldern wurde bisher als relativ naturverträglich angesehen. Das ist es bei weitem nicht immer, so das Fazit einer neuen Studie. Es kommt darauf an, wie stark die Wälder genutzt werden. Read more 

31.07.2014 | News

Two ETH researchers are new Branco Weiss fellows

The jury for the Society in Science funding programme, which was launched by the late entrepreneur and ETH alumnus Branco Weiss, has announced this year's winners, two of whom are from ETH Zurich. Read more 

23.07.2014 | News

ETH is dancing with Google Tango

Google is working with various universities and other institutions on Project Tango, an initiative to develop mobile devices that can detect surroundings in three dimensions and enable navigation indoors. The first devices are expected to hit the market next year. ETH Zurich has a significant role in the project. Read more 

21.07.2014 | News

A village with CO2 -neutral buildings is possible

No fossil fuels used for heating or hot water in an entire village – that is the ambitious goal of the Zernez Energia 2020 research project. ETH scientists have studied the feasibility of the project and are presenting the initial findings in an exhibition. Read more 

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