The guarantee of clean drinking water

The Canton of Basel-Landschaft (BL, “Basel-Country”) is characterised by karst areas used for agriculture, urban settlements in the valleys, and industry with its long history in the urban...

When a field turns into a dangerous slide

24 July 2014: It has been raining for days and now the forecast is for heavy thunderstorms. For five hours it has been pouring down in buckets over the mountains of Emmental. The river Emme is...

Expertise in accelerator technology helps cancer patients

The patient is led into the treatment room, and lies down on the treatment table. After ensuring that she is positioned and held in the right place, the table rotates to the treatment position of the...

Artificial Hand Restores the Sense of Touch

“A Sensation”, “A Moving Breakthrough”, were the headlines in the international press in February 2014, when EPFL-Professor Silvestro Micera and his team published the results...

A toilet for developing countries

There it is, the very first model in the Eawag foyer in Dübendorf, Zurich. It is a design piece, more than two metres high and made of blue coloured polyethylene. It was dubbed the “poor...

Research in the service of medicine

The name is simple, almost modest: “Zurich University Medicine.” However, the goal that the Zurich institutions ETH, University and University Hospital associate it with is ambitious:...

PSI: Proton beams against cancer

PSI has developed a unique irradiation technique for proton therapy: the so-called spot-scanning process. The proton beam is accelerated in the particle accelerator to 180,000 kilometres per second....

PSI: Measuring energy system sustainability

Decision-makers face the need to determine the relative merits of various energy supply alternatives according to sustainability criteria. In cooperation with European research partners, PSI has...