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Macrophages

Why Macrophages Rest in Healthy Tissue

Macrophages are a type of white blood cell. The term comes from the Greek for “big eater”, which describes one of the roles these...
Millimetre waves

Millimetre Waves for the Last Mile

Reseachers at ETH Zurich have developed a modulator with which data transmitted via millimetre waves can be directly converted into light pulses for optical...
ice agevideo

An Ice Age Lasting 115,000 Years in Two Minutes

An international research team used a computer model to reconstruct the history of glaciation in the Alps, visualising it in a two-minute computer animation....
vegetable oil crop

Substitutes May Make Matters Worse

Palm oil stands at the centre of an intense and often polarised debate1. While the massive expansion of oil palm across the tropics has...
gene transcription

Regulating Gene Transcription Using Light

Researchers led by Mustafa Khammash have developed a new method that uses blue light to control the transcription of DNA into RNA in single...
maternal high-fat diets

The Long-Term Effects of Maternal High-Fat Diets

If a mother eats a high-fat diet, this can have a negative effect on the health of her offspring - right down to her...
Genetic Infections

How Yeast Cells Detect Genetic Infections

ETH researchers studying yeast cells have discovered a surprisingly located new mechanism for detecting foreign genetic material – whether from pathogens or environmental contamination...
Composite Materialsvideo

Materials of the Future

Materials that are light and robust, inherently stable and still easily adjustable, and which can also be produced sustainably and in a resource-friendly way...
Sleeping sickness

A Very Special Protein Synthesis Machinery

Sleeping sickness-causing parasites contain an unusual protein synthesis machinery. A team of researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Berne resolved its very...
cassavavideo

Cassava with Improved Starch

Cassava is one of the world’s most important starch crops. The storage roots feed more than 500 million people, and they are also used...
Drought

Drought Increases CO₂ Concentration in the Air

Land ecosystems absorb on average 30% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions, thereby tempering the increase of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. But plants need water to grow....
lead telluride

Uncovering Atomic Movements in Crystal

To outsiders, scientific questions can sometimes look like hair-splitting. These questions, however, are often crucial, as in materials science: the commercial use of a...
multiferroics

Perfect Inversion

Whenever it gets unpleasantly loud, active noise reduction has been used in earphones or luxury cars in recent years. A microphone picks up the...
genetic cancer

Hidden Clues in the Cancerous Tissue

Researchers led by Gunnar Rätsch, Professor of Biomedicine Informatics at ETH Zurich, have evaluated the largest genetic data set in cancer medicine: the American...
monocultures

Mixed Cultures, Not Monotony

In 1994, Switzerland ratified the Convention on Biological Diversity in Rio, committing itself to the protection of biodiversity1. However, that’s not the only reason...
Antibiotic

New Antibiotics of Leaf Dwellers

On leaves of plants lives a variety of different microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. Leaf surfaces are densely populated, although few nutrients are found...
Antibiotics

Tapping into a New Reservoir of Antibiotics

A team of ETH researchers led by Julia Vorholt and Jörn Piel have discovered new antibiotic substances in bacteria that colonise the leaf surfaces...
DFAB Housevideo

Where Structure and Ornamentation Merge

Just 20 mm thick at its thinnest point, decoratively ribbed and not even half as heavy as a conventional concrete ceiling: with “Smart Slab”,...
turbulent fluid flowsvideo

The Indian Who Set out to Reveal the Secret of Turbulent...

When an avalanche thunders down a steep slope towards the valley, a huge cloud of powder rises above it. If the fall height and...
endocrine disrupting chemicalsvideo

Administering Hormones Affects DNA

In pigs, endocrine disruptors can alter gene expression in a way that also affects the next generation. This has been shown by a team...