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Immune Responses

Differences in Immune Responses Due to Age, Sex, and Genetics

Over the course of our life, we are continuously exposed to pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, meaning that our immune system is constantly...
Prosthetic Limbvideo

Amputees Feel as Though Their Prosthetic Limb Belongs to Their Body

The famous idiom “seeing is believing” is not enough to help amputees with the use of their prosthetic limb. Many amputees opt out of...
psychiatric disorders

Targeting a Brain Mechanism Could Treat Aggression

A number of psychiatric disorders present with aggression and violence, which, needless to say, are destructive to both individuals and societies worldwide: death, disease,...
optical fibres

For Ever More Efficient Optical Fibres

EPFL researchers have taught a type of machine learning algorithm to reconstruct images that became blurred while being transmitted through an optical fiber. The...
nanoscale sensor

Titanium Dioxide as a Nanoscale Sensor of Mechanical Stress

Measuring mechanical stress in the nano-world is a major challenge in materials science and engineering. Key to this advancement is the ability to combine...
Optical Fibers

Optical Fibers That Can “Feel” the Materials Around Them

In recent years optical fibers have served as sensors to detect changes in temperature, like a thermometer, and pressure, like an artificial nerve. This...
hybrid origami dronevideo

An Insect-Inspired Drone Deforms upon Impact

In recent years, robotics experts have taken a page from the traditional Japanese practice of origami and come up with light and flexible –...
transistor based on excitonsvideo

EPFL Uses Excitons to Take Electronics into the Future

Excitons could revolutionize the way engineers approach electronics. A team of EPFL researchers has created a new type of transistor – one of the...
biosensors

Improving Biosensors for Implantable Sensing

Biosensors are devices that can detect biological molecules in air, water, or blood. They are widely used in drug development, medical diagnostics, and biological research....
dronesvideo

Forget Joysticks, Use Your Torso to Pilot Drones

Your torso is more intuitive – and more precise – than joysticks for piloting drones, both simulated and real, according to a recent study...
ultra-aerodynamic bikevideo

Artificial Intelligence Helps Design an Ultra-Aerodynamic Bike

The current record for a bicycle travelling across flat road is 133.78 km/h, set in 2012 by a Dutch team at the World Human...
Immunotherapy

Smart Nanoparticles Keep Immunotherapy Focused on Cancer

Immunotherapy is a highly promising and innovative approach to battling cancer that works by enlisting the body’s natural defenses to attack cancer cells. By...
single-atom data storage

A Step Closer to Single-Atom Data Storage

Despite the rise of solid-state drives, magnetic storage devices such as conventional hard drives and magnetic tapes are still very common. But as our...
opaque materials

Making Opaque Materials Totally Transparent

Most naturally occurring materials have a disordered atomic structure that interferes with the propagation of both sound and electromagnetic waves. When the waves come...
electronic sensors

Tracking Cancer-Cell Development with “Drinkable” Electronic Sensors

Imagine being able to track the development of diseased cells in real time, simply by having patients drink a glass of water containing millions...
stroke

A Dual-Therapy Approach to Boost Motor Recovery After a Stroke

Paralysis of an arm and/or leg is one of the most common effects of a stroke. But thanks to research carried out by scientists...
traumatic memoriesvideo

The Neurons That Rewrite Traumatic Memories

Memories of traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can destroy a person’s life. It is...
fatty liver disease

Big Data Identifies Lipids as Signatures of Health and Disease

Biology is swaddled in lipids: fats, oils, and even waxes envelop cells and their organelles, mediate the flow of vast biological information networks, protect...
Silicon-Perovskite Solar Cells

Silicon-Perovskite Solar Cells Achieve Record Efficiency of 25,2%

In the field of photovoltaic technologies, silicon-based solar cells make up 90% of the market. In terms of cost, stability and efficiency (20-22% for...
nanotech sensor

A Nanotech Sensor Turns Molecular Fingerprints into Bar Codes

Infrared spectroscopy is the benchmark method for detecting and analyzing organic compounds. But it requires complicated procedures and large, expensive instruments, making device miniaturization...