ETH News

17.07.2017 | News

Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations

If European countries cooperated better in the field of wind energy, wind power output would fluctuate less. This is the conclusion reached by a group of energy and climate researchers at ETH Zürich and Imperial College London, who for the first time have combined a long-term analysis of predominant weather patterns with Europe-wide wind electricity generation. Read more 

30.06.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Concurrent hot and dry summers more common in future

In the past, climate scientists have tended to underestimate the risk of a co-occurrence of heatwave and drought. This is the conclusion of one of the first studies to examine compound climate extremes. Read more 

22.06.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Olga Sorkine-Hornung wins Rössler Prize

Computer scientist Olga Sorkine has won this year’s Rössler Prize for her work in the field of computer graphics. The prize comes with a research award of CHF 200,000. Read more 

14.06.2017 | News

Universal stabilisation

ETH researchers led by Lucio Isa have developed microparticles with a rough, raspberry-like surface that stabilise emulsions following a new principle. Read more 

12.06.2017 | News

Fighting fire blight and detecting Salmonella

ETH researchers have created an effective weapon against the plant disease fire blight and a new method for detection of Salmonella. Both are based on particular viruses that attack only one species of bacteria. Read more 

09.06.2017 | News

Hybrid membrane creates a stir on the global market

ETH Professor Raffaele Mezzenga and his senior researcher Sreenath Bolisetty have developed a filter membrane that efficiently removes heavy metals and other toxic substances from water. Strong demand for the new technology has encouraged them to set up a new ETH spin-off, BluAct Technologies. Read more 

07.06.2017 | News

More concepts, fewer facts

ETH biology lecturers have tested secondary school leavers and students to determine their knowledge of biological concepts. And they have drawn some sobering conclusions: many misunderstand the concepts, such as the importance of chance in biology. Now, the lecturers are taking action. Read more 

15.05.2017 | News

Understanding changes in extreme precipitation

An ETH study explores why the increase in extreme precipitation is not the same across every region. This paves the way toward improved regional climate projections. Read more 

10.05.2017 | News

Continental crust thanks to the right mixture

For the first time, ETH scientists have successfully recreated the formation of continental crust in the Archean using a computer simulation. The model helps us to better understand processes that took place three to four billion years ago. Read more 

25.04.2017 | News

A novel form of iron for fortification of foods

Whey protein nanofibrils loaded with iron nanoparticles: ETH researchers are developing a new and highly effective way of fortifying iron into food and drinks. Read more 

24.04.2017 | News

Little Ice Age displaced the tropical rain belt

Even small changes in global temperature can trigger a migration of the tropical rain belt. This can also lead to climate change, as described by a team of researchers from ETH Zurich and other universities. Read more 

18.04.2017 | News

Chaining up diarrhoea pathogens

Researchers have clarified how vaccinations can combat bacterial intestinal diseases: vaccine-induced antibodies in the intestine chain up pathogens as they grow in the intestine, which prevents disease and surprisingly also hinders the spread of antibiotic resistance. Read more 

04.04.2017 | News

Platelets instead of quantum dots

A team of researchers led by ETH Zurich professor David Norris has developed a model to clarify the general mechanism of nanoplatelet formation. Using pyrite, they also managed to confirm their theory. Read more 

03.04.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Area of the brain affected by autism detected

Brain researchers at ETH Zurich and other universities have shown for the first time that a region of the brain associated with empathy only activates very weakly in autistic people. This knowledge could help to develop new therapies for those affected by autism. Read more 

28.03.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Inflammation awakens sleepers

The inflammatory response that is supposed to ward off pathogens that cause intestinal disease makes this even worse. This is because special viruses integrate their genome into Salmonella, which further strengthens the pathogen. Read more 

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 

17.02.2017 | News | 2 Comments

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 

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 

07.02.2017 | News

Tiny organisms with a massive impact

Although diatoms are incredibly small, they have a significant impact on the dispersal of nutrients and trace elements in global marine waters. This is the conclusion of a study recently published in the scientific journal “Nature Geoscience ”. Read more 

23.01.2017 | News

Chronicle of a catastrophic landslide

Dramatic developments have been documented at the Aletsch glacier, where the ice has retreated at such a pace that an adjoining slope has also started to move rapidly. With the help of a unique dataset, researchers are able to demonstrate a direct connection between the ice loss of the Aletsch glacier and the slippage of the Moosfluh slope. Read more 

04.01.2017 | News

Pigeon peas improve soil fertility

By planting pigeon peas alongside maize, African farmers can improve the soil and their own nutritional intake. This was the conclusion of a field trial in Malawi by Gina Garland, an ETH doctoral student. Read more 

22.12.2016 | News

Global warming disrupts fish stocks

The global catch of fish would largely benefit from achieving the 1.5°C global warming target. This is the conclusion of the study recently published by climate researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of British Columbia in the journal Science . Read more 

16.12.2016 | News

Battlefield of the sexes

How the differences between the sexes evolve depends not only on which parts of the genome are sex-specifically active. The question also arises concerning the sex in which such changes take place. ETH researchers demonstrate this using a closely related pair of plants. Read more 

08.12.2016 | News | 1 Comment

New weapon against Diabetes

Researchers have used the simplest approach yet to produce artificial beta cells from human kidney cells. Like their natural model, the artificial cells act as both sugar sensors and insulin producers. Read more 

07.12.2016 | News

Miraculous proliferation

Bacteria able to shed their cell wall assume new, mostly spherical shapes. ETH researchers have shown that these cells, known as L-forms, are not only viable but that their reproductive mechanisms may even correspond to those of early life forms. Read more 

18.11.2016 | News

Anchors aweigh and off to the Antarctic!

The research ship Akademik Treshnikov is due to set sail for Cape Town tomorrow, transporting researchers and equipment for a major Antarctic circumnavigation expedition. ETH Zurich is also on board. Read more 

31.10.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Cadmium, cocoa beans and chocolate

Cocoa from Latin America tends to show higher cadmium levels than cocoa from other growing areas. ETH researchers have been investigating the underlying cause in Honduras and Bolivia. Read more 

30.10.2016 | News

Ceramics 3D printed from foams

ETH researchers have used an additive manufacturing process to print an extremely porous ceramic component. Manufacturing a material of this kind with a 3D printer is a considerable achievement. Read more 

25.10.2016 | News

Iron supplements in the fight against lead

Targeted iron supplements in biscuits can achieve a striking reduction in the level of lead in children’s blood in regions with high exposure to this toxic heavy metal. This has been demonstrated for the first time by an ETH-led research group in a study of schoolchildren in Morocco. Read more 

04.10.2016 | News

ETH students tackle waste problems

An unusual study project with tangible benefits: ETH students work on solutions to the urgent waste problem on the island nation of the Seychelles, along with their counterparts from the University of Seychelles and representatives from the local authorities and government. Read more 

27.09.2016 | News

Vigilin, the lock keeper

ETH researchers have discovered a molecule in liver cells that controls the release of fat into the bloodstream. This “lock keeper” is present in large quantities in overweight people and leads indirectly to vascular narrowing. Read more 

21.09.2016 | News

Stable on top level

The university ranking list season draws to a close with the release of the THE Ranking. ETH Zurich maintains its position in the top ten at ninth place. Time to take stock. Read more 

16.09.2016 | News

A litmus test of fairness

For example, lay people think that the sickest patients and those on waiting lists should be treated first, while ethicists – and to some degree medical professionals – tend to have a different set of priorities. This is the conclusion of a study by ETH researchers investigating the principles that apply to the fair allocation of scarce medical resources. Read more 

05.09.2016 | News

New simulations of wind power generation

ETH researcher Stefan Pfenninger and his colleague Iain Staffell from Imperial College London have developed new multi-decade simulations of wind power production in Europe. In doing so, they have uncovered significant distortions in the data used in the past, and have produced fresh simulations of wind power output with country-specific corrections. Read more 

31.08.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Freshening of the Southern Ocean

Over the past decades, the northward drift of sea ice surrounding Antarctica has strengthened. This not only has increased the extent of the sea ice, but also has freshened the sea water around the sea-ice edge — with as yet indeterminate consequences for the global climate system and Antarctica’s ecosystem. Read more 

23.08.2016 | News

A patent for oxidised fat

ETH researchers have synthesised fatty acids in the laboratory that result from oxidative stress in the body. The laboratory variants turned out to be more potent anti-inflammatories than the natural ones, and have now been patented. Read more 

02.08.2016 | News

Opposing mountain ranges

In the future, people in the Himalayas will have to contend with flooding, while those in the Andes will have longer dry spells and less water. These are the conclusions drawn by ETH researchers, who have used measurement data and climate models to closely examine water balance in both of these mountain ranges. Read more 

25.07.2016 | News

On the world market with DNA labels

ETH researchers Michela Puddu and Gediminas Mikutis founded the company Haelixa in early summer. The company commercializes DNA-based tracers, which are more robust than ever before, for tracking fluids and products. The young entrepreneurs are now looking to enter the oil and geothermal sector. Read more 

22.07.2016 | News

A high-speed motor for satellites

A dizzying 150,000 revolutions per minute: researchers from ETH Zurich (Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering) and the ETH spin-off Celeroton have developed an ultra-fast magnetically levitated electric motor for reaction wheels. The high speed of rotation allows intensive miniaturisation of the drive system, making it attractive for use in small satellites. Read more 

08.07.2016 | News

Optimising ship’s engines with the help of virtual sensors

A new ETH spin-off, Vir2sense, specialises in the development of virtual testbeds designed to optimise the performance of marine diesel engines. The young entrepreneurs, Christophe Barro and Panagiotis Kyrtatos, hope to sell their product to big shipping companies. Read more 

27.06.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Eye in the sky to monitor crops

Plant scientists at ETH Zurich have recently celebrated a world first at the ETH Zurich’s research station in Lindau-Eschikon: the launch of the ETH Field Phenotyping Platform (FIP), a unique crop phenotyping system. This gives researchers an incredibly accurate tool for measuring and monitoring the health and performance of field crops. Read more 

20.06.2016 | News

New 3D atlas for map lovers

As of 20 June, users can access the Atlas of Switzerland online and free of charge. For the multi-award-winning map series, this marks the end of the era of offline media. Read more 

15.06.2016 | News

An obsession with surfaces

The winner of the Max Rössler Prize 2016 is Christophe Copéret. The chemist focuses on the design of functional materials via a molecular approach, such as solid catalysts, derivatization of microelectronic devices, and developing new imaging techniques to visualise individual particles or track metabolites in the human body. Read more 

07.06.2016 | News

Precise to the nearest picometre

The European Space Agency (ESA) presented results from its LISA Pathfinder mission in Madrid. The measuring instruments and control electronics, developed for LISA Pathfinder by ETH Zurich Professor Domenico Giardini and his team, are even more precise than expected. The technology is ready for use on the LISA gravitational wave observatory. Read more 

23.05.2016 | News

A peachy defence system for seeds

ETH chemists are developing a new coating method to protect seeds from being eaten by insects. In doing so, they have drawn inspiration from the humble peach and a few of its peers. Read more 

19.05.2016 | News

An IT festival for everyone

On 3 and 4 June, businesses, government bodies and research institutions will be opening their doors: On the first ever IT Days, the canton of Zurich will be showcasing its status as a centre for information and communication technology. ETH Zurich will also be there. Read more 

25.04.2016 | News

The United States absorbed carbon dioxide despite a drought

Researchers have shown that the warm spring of 2012 in the US caused plants to absorb more carbon, thereby compensating for reductions during the subsequent summer drought. Read more 

20.04.2016 | News | 2 Comments

ETH researchers print wild robotic beings

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Disney Research Zurich, and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a software tool that empowers average users to design custom robotic creatures and their movements. Read more 

19.04.2016 | News

Biosensors in the pharmaceutical industry

A Nobel prizewinning idea bears entrepreneurial fruit: an ETH Pioneer Fellow is applying knowledge about G-protein-coupled receptors to market a novel process for testing drugs. Read more 

13.04.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Bubbles lead to disaster

Why are volcanologists interested in vapour bubbles? Because they can accumulate in a magma reservoir underneath a volcano, priming it to explode. Researchers at ETH Zurich and Georgia Institute of Technology have now discovered how bubbles are able to accumulate in the magma. Read more 

18.03.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Brain to foot: come in, foot!

Injuries to the spinal cord partially or completely disrupt the neural pathways between the brain and the limbs. The consequences for the representation of the affected limbs in the brain can be drastic. ETH researchers have now measured how severely this representation is affected. Read more 

03.03.2016 | News

Control techniques for cells

ETH researchers develop an integral control loop for living cells extending established tools from control engineering. This could help the cells produce precisely controlled amounts of a product. Read more 

26.02.2016 | News

A smart walking aid

Computer scientists and roboticists at ETH Zurich have developed a robotic walker that makes senior citizens more mobile. Now SmartWalker is waiting for an industrial partner to come along and help get the technology ready for mass production. Read more 

09.02.2016 | News

Traces of life discovered in mantle rock

An international expedition, led by ETH Professor Gretchen Bernasconi-Green, has discovered traces of life in a core sample. The geologist explains what this means. Read more 

08.02.2016 | News

Migration routes of mantle plumes discovered

Mars’s southern hemisphere has a tumultuous past that was marked by significant volcanism. Now an ETH researcher has discovered that these many volcanoes are not distributed randomly but in fact lie along specific lines. These could well correspond to different paths taken by mantle plumes. Read more 

01.02.2016 | News

Switching light with a silver atom

Researchers working under Juerg Leuthold, Professor of Photonics and Communications, have created the world’s smallest integrated optical switch. Applying a small voltage causes an atom to relocate, turning the switch on or off. Read more 

27.01.2016 | News

ETH software to become a standard for drones

Lorenz Meier, a doctoral student in computer science at ETH Zurich, created the PX4 software that is already being used to pilot many drones. Now, one of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturers has adopted the software as standard. Read more 

25.01.2016 | News | 13 Comments

Highly efficient heavy metal ions filter

ETH researchers have developed a new water filtration system that is superior to existing systems in many respects: it is extremely efficient at removing various toxic heavy metal ions and radioactive substances from water and can even be used in gold recovery. Read more 

21.01.2016 | News

How two degrees may turn into four

The world has decided to adopt measures to prevent average global warming from exceeding the two-degree mark. But what does this mean for temperature and the distribution of heavy precipitation on a regional level? Climate researchers have now calculated this. Read more 

15.01.2016 | News

Gloop from the deep sea

ETH scientists are researching the unusual secretions of the hagfish. Over the next three years, the researchers will try to find out how this natural hydrogel can be harnessed for human use. Read more 

20.12.2015 | News

A multitool for cells

Cells have an infallible sense of smell that tells them which direction to grow in to move closer to the source of a scent. ETH researchers have now learned how this sense of smell works. Read more 

11.12.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Diagnostics with birefringence

ETH researchers led by Raffaele Mezzenga have developed a new diagnostic method. It is based on Birefringence, the ability of substances to change the polarisation state of light. With this method, doctors around the world can easily, rapidly and reliably detect malaria, Ebola or HIV to name only a few. Read more 

01.12.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Genes for a longer, healthier life found

Out of a 'haystack' of 40,000 genes from three different organisms, scientists at ETH Zurich and a research consortium in Jena have found genes that are involved in physical ageing. If you influence only one of these genes, the healthy lifespan of laboratory animals is extended – and possibly that of humans, too. Read more 

11.11.2015 | News

Plate tectonics thanks to plumes?

It is common knowledge that the Earth's rigid upper layer called lithosphere is composed of moving plates. But just what mechanism first set plate tectonics into motion still remains a mystery. A team of researchers led by ETH professor Taras Gerya has now come up with one possible answer by using simulations. Read more 

06.11.2015 | News

When less is really more

ETH researchers have found that therapeutic iron supplements may be less effective when given in brief intervals: A peptide molecule blocks iron absorption in the intestine even 24 hours after the iron administation. Read more 

02.11.2015 | News | 2 Comments

Increasing vitamin D supplementation

Elderly women should consume more vitamin D than previously recommended during the winter months. This is the finding of a new study just released by a team of researchers led by ETH Professor Michael B. Zimmermann. Read more 

28.10.2015 | News

Congratulations with a hoodie

Bachelor students who passed their first-year examinations were given a special hoodie from ETH Rector Sarah Springman – as congratulations for passing their exams but also to strengthen the students' bond with their university. Read more 

23.10.2015 | News | 3 Comments

Potato harvest reduced by half

On the way from field to fork, more than half of the potato harvest is lost. This is according to a new study conducted by researchers from Agroscope and ETH Zurich. Read more 

09.10.2015 | News | 2 Comments

A cure for vitamin B6 deficiency

Plant scientists have engineered the cassava plant to produce higher levels of vitamin B6 in its storage roots and leaves. This could help to protect millions of people in Africa from serious deficiencies. Read more 

02.10.2015 | News

Trade in invasive plants is blossoming

Every day, hundreds of different plant species – many of them listed as invasive – are traded online worldwide on auction platforms. This exacerbates the problem of uncontrollable biological invasions. Read more 

30.09.2015 | News

Another top-ten ranking

Another enthusiastic endorsement: ninth place for ETH Zurich in the prestigious THE rankings. Read more 

28.09.2015 | News | 4 Comments

Biomimetic dental prosthesis

ETH material researchers are developing a procedure that allows them to mimic the complex fine structure of biological composite materials, such as teeth or seashells. They can thus create synthetic materials that are as hard and tough as their natural counterparts. Read more 

17.09.2015 | News

Novel competitors affect species' responses to climate change

As the climate warms, many plants face an uphill struggle for survival. A new ETH Zurich study indicates that this is particularly true wherever they face increased competition from plants that have migrated to their habitat due to climatic changes. Read more 

15.09.2015 | News | 4 Comments

ETH moves into the top 10

In this year’s QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich has pushed into the top 10 for the first time: its position in ninth place is due primarily to a jump in the ‘citations per faculty’ indicator. Read more 

10.09.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Revived oceanic CO2 uptake

A decade ago scientists feared that the ability of the Southern Ocean to absorb additional atmospheric CO2 would soon be stalled. But the analysis of more recent observations show that this carbon sink reinvigorated during the past decade. Read more 

21.08.2015 | News | 9 Comments

A bamboo bike for everyday use

Three computer science students at ETH Zurich want to bring to market a bicycle made of bamboo at a price of no more than 500 Swiss francs. The first batch of bikes is now in production. Read more 

12.08.2015 | News

How lipids are flipped

A team of researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bern has succeeded in determining the structure of a lipid flippase at high resolution, which has provided insight into how this membrane protein transports lipids by flipping. Read more 

11.08.2015 | News

Some like it even hotter

Scientists in Iceland have drilled into a reservoir of extremely hot water that has the potential to greatly expand geothermal electricity output. Now ETH geoscientists have for the first time been able to produce a realistic simulation of how such reservoirs are created. They predict that these natural phenomena are widespread in volcanic areas. Read more 

29.07.2015 | News | 6 Comments

Yarn from slaughterhouse waste

ETH researchers have developed a yarn from ordinary gelatine that has good qualities similar to those of merino wool fibres. Now they are working on making the yarn even more water-resistant. Read more 

26.06.2015 | News

Tried, trusted – and up to date

In their fourth semester, students on the ETH Bachelor in Environmental Sciences course discover the joys of integrated practicals – a cornerstone of the programme ever since the Department of Environmental Systems Science was founded. Read more 

19.06.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Fructose powers a vicious circle

ETH researchers have found a hitherto unknown molecular mechanism that is driven by fructose and can lead to cardiac enlargement and heart failure. Read more 

17.06.2015 | News

Expansion of Information Security

ETH Zurich is expanding its Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC). A donation of five million Swiss francs has been made by Zürcher Kantonalbank to the ETH Zurich Foundation specifically for this purpose. Read more 

11.06.2015 | News

From Laser to Spaser

This year’s Rössler Prize has been awarded to David J. Norris. The materials engineering professor in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering researches nano-optics at the interface of chemistry, materials and engineering. Read more 

10.06.2015 | News

The winner doesn’t always take all

Theoretically predicted and now demonstrated experimentally for the first time using soil bacteria: weaker organisms can prevail against stronger ones – if they are superior in number. This acts as a driving mechanism in the maintenance of genetic diversity. Read more 

19.05.2015 | News | 1 Comment

The life and death of beta cells

ETH researchers studying microRNA – tiny strands of ribonucleic acid – in beta cells have found a type that plays a key role in cell death under stress. Read more 

16.05.2015 | News | 2 Comments

Pockmarks on the lake bed

An unusual and unexpected discovery: on the floor of Lake Neuchâtel, geologists have happened upon huge underwater craters – some of the largest in the world to be found in lakes. They are not volcanic in origin, but were caused instead by giant freshwater springs. Read more 

02.05.2015 | News

ETH earth sciences best in the world

ETH Zurich's earth scientists performed especially well in the QS Rankings by Subject, achieving the top ranking among all universities worldwide. ETH's environmental sciences faculty also rank among the best in the world. Read more 

27.04.2015 | News

Bumblebee genome mapped

A research collaboration spearheaded by ETH Zurich has shed light on the genome of two commercially important species of bumblebees. The findings provide unexpected insights into the ecology and evolution of bumblebees and honeybees. Read more 

22.04.2015 | News

The creation of Shangri-La

Geoscientists are using a new simulation to condense a period lasting millions of years to explain the formation of the high-lying valleys in the south-eastern end of the Tibetan Plateau: the true Shangri-La. In doing so, they are turning previous ideas on their head. Read more 

15.04.2015 | News

Shedding light on dark matter

Two years ago, an international research collaboration set out to investigate the mysterious dark matter and dark energy in our universe. Now an ETH postdoctoral researcher has co-led a publication presenting the exciting first results. ETH professor Alexandre Refregier explains why this publication will have a high impact and whether it proves Albert Einstein wrong. Read more 

08.04.2015 | News

Ironing out oxidative stress

Oxidative stress damages the immune system. Manfred Kopf and his team of ETH research scientists have now shown for the first time that higher doses of vitamin E can reduce the stress on immune cells. Read more 

20.03.2015 | News

Biodiversity mechanisms critically examined

The biologist Dörte Bachmann receives the Hans Vontobel Award 2015. In her doctoral thesis, Bachmann examined why biomass production of diverse grassland is larger than that of less diverse grassland. The findings captured people's attention. Read more 

09.03.2015 | News

Evolutionary dead-end as a success model

The coco-de-mer, or the double coconut palm of the Seychelles, grows the largest and heaviest seeds in the entire plant kingdom. Ecologists working with ETH Professor Peter Edwards explain how these plants are able to achieve this feat despite low nutrient levels. Read more 

25.02.2015 | News

A taxi ride to starch granules

Plant scientists at ETH have discovered a specific protein that significantly influences the formation of starch in plant cells. The findings may be useful in the food and packaging industries. Read more 

19.02.2015 | News

SNSF grants for ETH researchers

Two ETH Zurich researchers receive money for their projects from the Swiss National Science Foundation. This will bridge the gap in financing left by the exclusion of Swiss researchers for ERC grants. Read more 

09.02.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Ways to escape the empirical nirvana

A law professor from ETH Zurich and an economist from MIT have been studying how a court ruling on the use of trademarks as keywords in Internet advertisements affects user behaviour – a case of big data with an interesting beginning and potential. Read more 

02.02.2015 | News

Inhospitable climate fosters gold ore formation

South Africa’s Witwatersrand is the site of the world’s largest and richest gold deposit. In order to explain its formation, ETH professor Christoph Heinrich took a look back into the Earth’s early climatic history. Read more 

29.01.2015 | News | 6 Comments

The two faces of Mars

A moon-sized celestial object that crashed into the south pole of Mars: ETH geophysicists have conducted a three-dimensional simulation that shows for the first time how the Red Planet came to have two different hemispheres. Read more 

19.01.2015 | News | 1 Comment

A voyage from the Earth’s crust to its mantle and back

Uranium isotopes leave a distinct ‘fingerprint’ in the sources of volcanic rocks, making it possible to gauge their age and origin. Geologists have gained a new understanding of how the Earth’s crust is recycled back into its interior based on these uranium isotopes. Read more 

12.01.2015 | News

Glass for battery electrodes

Today's lithium-ion batteries are good, but not good enough if our future energy system is to rely on electrical power. Chemists and materials scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a type of glass that can be used as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries – likely making a vast improvement in these batteries’ capacity and energy density. Read more 

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