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solar energy

An Effective and Low-Cost Solution for Storing Solar Energy

How can we store solar energy for period when the sun doesn’t shine? One solution is to convert it into hydrogen through water electrolysis....
pathogenic bacteria

A New Path for Killing Pathogenic Bacteria

Mycobacteria are a category of pathogenic bacteria that causes tuberculosis, leprosy, and various infections that harm people with compromised immune systems, e.g. AIDS patients....
Tiny Wire

A Tiny Wire with a Memory to Diagnose Cancer

One indicator that a cancer has started to develop is the presence of biomarkers. These are molecules that are produced by the cancer and...
video

Acoustic Prism Invented at EPFL

EPFL scientists have invented a new type of “acoustic prism” that can split a sound into its constituent frequencies. Their acoustic prism has applications...
sculpt light

Objects That Sculpt Light

When light shines on a plain, polished metal medallion, Vermeer's famous painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" appears on a nearby wall; instead of...
computational design tool

Computational Design Tool Transforms Flat Materials into 3-D Shapes

A new computational design tool can turn a flat sheet of plastic or metal into a complex 3-D shape, such as a mask, a...
osmosis

Electricity Generated with Water, Salt 
 and A 3 Atoms Thick...

Proponents of clean energy will soon have a new source to add to their existing array of solar, wind, and hydropower: osmotic power. Or...
bacterial toxin

High-Resolution Imaging Reveals the Secrets of a Bacterial Toxin

In order to infect other cells, many bacteria secrete a type of toxin that punctures the membrane of the target cell and form a...
Micro Winery

A “Micro Winery” That Makes Wine Continuously

Sweet, tannic, dry, lively. Wine possesses very subtle flavors and characteristics. But this is not happenstance. Producing wine is a complex undertaking. The fermentation...
injecting carbon dioxide

A New Tool to Ensure the Safety of Injecting CO2 Underground

Over the course of four and a half years, the ground surrounding the In Salah gas-fired power plant in the Algerian desert rose by...
Pleurobot

A New Robot Mimics Vertebrate Motion

EPFL scientists have invented a new robot that mimics the gait of a salamander with unprecedented detail. The robot features 3D-printed bones, motorized joints...
nanoscopic watermark

Nano-watermark Sorts Fakes from Genuines

With Nanoga’s new way of combatting counterfeits, each product can be made unique without changing its appearance. The technique, which was developed at EPFL,...
tissue engineering

Lasers Carve the Path to Tissue Engineering

Future medicine is bound to include extensive tissue-engineering technologies such as organs-on-chips and organoids – miniature organs grown from stem cells. But all this...
mechanical wear

Researchers simulate wear of materials as they rub together

Forty years ago, MIT emeritus professor of mechanical engineering Ernest Rabinowicz calculated that 6 percent of the annual U.S. gross domestic product was lost...
wood waste

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...
Macrophages

Reclaiming the immune system’s assault on tumors

One of the major obstacles with treating cancer is that tumors can conscript the body’s immune cells and make them work for them. Researchers...
Proteome

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...
Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence predicts the winners of Euro 2016 games

EPFL researchers have developed a website that calculates the likely winners of Euro 2016 soccer games, using a more complex and accurate model than...
video

Portable probes hunt down cancer cells during surgery

Light, wireless probes the size of a large pen have been developed to identify cancer cells and suspicious lymph nodes during surgery. The probes,...
metal structures

A new dimension in analyzing metal structures

A new software program reduces the time needed to identify weak points in large structures like cranes, bridges and mining equipment from several days...