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hydrogelvideo

A Hydrogel That Adheres Firmly to Cartilage and Meniscus

Some types of body tissue, like cartilage and meniscus, have little or no blood supply and are unable to heal if damaged. One promising...
running sensor

Science Is Keeping Pace with Marathoners

In recent years, the market for wearable sports sensors has taken off. They generate data on athletes’ progress and potential areas of improvement, as...
genetic material in rivers

DNA Fragments Reveal the Variety of Species in Rivers

Bits of genetic material in rivers make it possible to detect the organisms living in them – without having to collect these and examine...
Paralysisvideo

Breakthrough Neurotechnology for Treating Paralysis

Three paraplegics who sustained cervical spinal cord injuries many years ago are now able to walk with the aid of crutches or a walker...
civilian drones

Using Diamonds to Recharge Civilian Drones in Flight

Drones are being used for a growing number of purposes. Their designs are ever more efficient, and techniques for flying them are being further...
TWIICE exoskeletonvideo

TWIICE One Exoskeleton Is a Step Towards Independence

Silke Pan – a former acrobat who lost the use of her legs after a trapeze accident – arrives at the lab in a...

Calculating Switzerland’s Energy Carbon Footprint More Accurately

Despite recent advances in power grid technology, engineers still struggle to measure the carbon footprint of one kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used in Switzerland....
machine-learning

AI and NMR Spectroscopy Determine Atoms Configuration in Record Time

Many drugs today are produced as powdered solids. But to fully understand how the active ingredients will behave once inside the body, scientists need...
small flying robotsvideo

Small Flying Robots to Anchor onto Surfaces and Pull Heavy Loads

A closed door is just one of many obstacles that poses no barrier to a new type of flying, micro, tugging robot called a...
Nerve-On-A-Chip

Nerve-On-A-Chip Platform Makes Neuroprosthetics More Effective

Neuroprosthetics – implants containing multi-contact electrodes that can substitute certain nerve functionalities – have the potential to work wonders. They may be able to...
virtual environmentvideo

Modifying a Virtual Environment in Just a Few Clicks

Wearing a virtual reality headset and using manual controllers, you can use Imverse’s new software to select tools that let you bring depth, cut,...
microphotonic chips

Power-Efficient Generation of Ultrashort Pulses on a Chip

Ultrashort optical pulses are useful for a wide range of applications such as processing materials via strong light-matter interaction. In the frequency domain, a...
ventral nerve cord

New Technique Reveals Limb Control in Flies – and Maybe Robots

One of the major goals of biology, medicine, and robotics is to understand how limbs are controlled by circuits of neurons working together. And...
Ultra-light glovesvideo

Ultra-Light Gloves Let Users “Touch” Virtual Objects

Engineers and software developers around the world are seeking to create technology that lets users touch, grasp and manipulate virtual objects, while feeling like...
rare star

A Rare Star Opens a Window on the Beginning of Time

“We made a major discovery, which questions our understanding of the formation of the first generations of stars in the universe”. Researcher at EPFL...
Super-Resolution Microscopy

Super-Resolution Microscopy Builds Multicolor 3D from 2D

Super-resolution microscopy is a technique that can “see” beyond the diffraction limit of light. The technique has garnered increasing interest recently, especially since its...
Search for Alien Life

New Tool Helps Scientists Better Target the Search for Alien Life

An EPFL scientist has developed a novel approach that boosts the chances of finding extraterrestrial intelligence in our galaxy. His method uses probability theory...
Microresonators

Microresonators Offer a Simpler Approach to Sensing with Light Pulses

Ultrashort optical pulses are becoming more and more relevant in a number of applications including distance measurement, molecular fingerprinting and ultrafast sampling. Many of these...
Biosensorsvideo

Using Biosensors to Deliver Personalized Doses of Antibiotics

At EPFL’s Discovery Learning Labs (DLL) – educational facilities designed to promote cross-disciplinary research – a groundbreaking new device is in the works. Eight Master’s students...
video

Another Step Towards the Hand Prosthesis of the Future

Over the years, various solutions have been developed to restore tactile information to people with limb amputation. However, this information is still far from...