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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...
agricultural drone

An agricultural drone with a piercing gaze

EPFL spin-off Gamaya has just raised 3.2 million francs for its agricultural drone system. The system combines a miniature hyperspectral camera and artificial intelligence...
viruses infect bacteria

How viruses infect bacteria: a tale of a tail

To infect bacteria, most bacteriophages employ a ‘tail’ that stabs and pierces the bacterium's membrane to allow the virus's genetic material to pass through....
Bacterial Individualism

Bacterial Individualism: A Survival Strategy for Hard Times

Whether you are a human or a bacterium, your environment determines how you can develop. In particular, there are two fundamental problems. First: what...
Intestinal worms

Intestinal worms boost immune system in a surprising way

While studying worm infections, EPFL scientists have discovered a surprising ability of the immune system. In order to fight invading pathogens, the immune system uses...
nanostructure filters

Using nanostructured filters to reduce shipping pollution

Cargo ships are among the leading sources of pollution on the planet. Starting in 2020, however, stricter sulfur emission standards will take effect. A...
carbon dioxide

Using CO2 for heating and cooling in urban areas

Carbon dioxide is commonly used as an industrial liquid refrigerant but could also be effective in heating and cooling buildings in urban areas. A...
Nicotinamide riboside

A vitamin that stops the aging process of organs

By administering nicotinamide riboside to elderly mice, EPFL researchers restored their organs’ ability to regenerate and prolonged their lives. This method has potential for...
serotonin

The gates of serotonin: cracking the workings of a notorious receptor

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5ga_EswWe0?wmode=transparent] EPFL scientists have elucidated for the first time how a notoriously elusive serotonin receptor functions with atom-level detail. The receptor transmits electrical signals...
ThinkStock photos

A single-atom magnet breaks new ground for future data storage

Scientists at EPFL and ETH Zurich have built a single-atom magnet that is the most stable to-date. The breakthrough paves the way for the scalable...
consciousness

How the brain produces consciousness in “time slices”

brain-produces-consciousness-in-time-slices-" class="page-title heading">EPFL scientists propose a new way of understanding how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model, consciousness...
graphene

A graphene chip filters light to boost communications

<p id="a-graphene-chip-filters-light-to-boost-communications" class="page-title heading">EPFL and UNIGE scientists have developed a microchip using graphene that could help wireless telecommunications share data at a rate that...
skis

Ski design inspired by turtle scales

Looking for skis to maximize the fun as you hurtle down the slopes? The ideal ski can withstand high levels of pressure in turns...
ion transport

Revealing the ion transport at nanoscale

EPFL researchers have shown that a law of physics having to do with electron transport at nanoscale can also be analogously applied to the...
video

An innovative device studies gold nanoparticles in depth

EPFL researchers have developed a way to explore and optimize gold nanoparticles, which are used in medicine, biology and solar cells.