Reaching new targets more quickly

Gunnar Rätsch, a professor at ETH Zurich, combines data science with biomedicine. Together with his team, he is developing an early warning system for patients on ITUs, for instance. It is designed...

Lasers and Lidar in the snow

Weather permitting, a group of researchers drive to the Dischma valley in Davos early in the morning, from April to June, often on a quad-bike. The evening before, together with the responsible...

A machine unique in the world

“We have instruments that are unique in the world”, says Elvezio Morenzoni, director of the laboratory where the muons are used to investigate the microscopic properties of materials. Muons are...

New Digital Building Culture

With its moveable arm the white robot looks rather like the machines used in the automotive industry to assemble car bodies. But the arm is not twirling any car doors across the room, it is piling up...

The brain is being decrypted

The images broadcast on Swiss television’s prime time Tagesschau news programme on 24 April 2012 showcased spectacular science. A robot appeared to move without human control, wandering into an...

ETH Zurich: Competence centre for world nutrition

In 2050, around 9bn people will inhabit the Earth. Therefore, worldwide agricultural production will probably have to double by 2050.ETH Zurich would like to establish a basis for sustainable...

Alzheimer plaques in 3D

Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for about 60% to 80% of all cases of dementia. This disease affects people differently, but the most common initial symptom is the difficulty in remembering...
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SwissFEL X-ray laser – new opportunities for top-level Swiss research

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is planning to build a new large-scale scientific facility – the SwissFEL X-ray laser. This facility will open the door to discoveries in many areas of current...

EPFL: New molecule against depression

Depression is one of the main reasons of inability to work, affecting around 121m people worldwide, including 8 % of the Swiss population aged over 15 (Federal Statistical Office, 2007). The...

ETH Zurich: Progress in protein research

Proteins are among the basic building blocks of life. As a whole, they are referred to as the proteome. The science of studying proteins and their diverse interactions within an organism is called...