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cytoskeleton

Molecular Scissors Stabilise the Cell’s Cytoskeleton

Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen, Switzerland, have for the first time elucidated the structure of important enzymes in...
dark matter

Ultralight Axions Are Unlikely to Be Candidates for Dark Matter

Astrophysical and cosmological observations indicate that most of our universe is invisible, composed of dark matter and dark energy. Only about five percent of...
bio robot

A New Bio-Robot

Isaac Newton is said to have had his “Eureka!” moment when an apple fell on his head. Philipp Spycher had the idea that inspired...
nanomagnet

Scientists Create Magnetic System that Transforms Heat into Motion

The innovative new study by a team of international researchers including Professor Gino Hrkac from the University of Exeter, created a magnetic system capable...
bio waste

Stress Test Passed

Kitchen garbage, garden waste, and sewage sludge: Already today, in the Werdhölzli fermentation and wastewater treatment plant in the city of Zurich alone, around...
Magnetic data storage

Fast Magnetic Writing of Data

For almost seventy years now, magnetic tapes and hard disks have been used for data storage in computers. In spite of many new technologies...
coffee grounds

More than Just Spilling the Beans

As part of its food production processes, the Swiss food industry produces about half a million tons of organic waste a year. The food...
Radiation therapy

Testing the Limits for the Patients’ Benefit

Antony Lomax really only wanted to stay for two years, carry out intensive research and then return—home to Manchester. But protons exert a special...
magnets

Diving into Magnets

Magnets are found in motors, in energy production and in data storage. A deeper understanding of the basic properties of magnetic materials could therefore...
solar energy

Nanomaterial Helps Store Solar Energy: Efficiently and Inexpensively

Field trials show that new catalyst material for electrolysers is reliable Efficient storage technologies are necessary if solar and wind energy is to help satisfy...
Injector

Injector 2: A Pre-accelerator for Protons

Three accelerators arranged in series make up the facility for proton acceleration at PSI: It starts with the mushroom-shaped, roughly 10-metre tall Cockcroft-Walton accelerator,...
methane

Making a Valuable Resource Usable with Water

In oil extraction sites, gaseous methane is simply burned, even though it could actually be a useful precursor material for fuels and products of...
tomographyvideo

A Computed Tomography Scanner for Objects

Can you analyze the internal structure of a piece of concrete without damaging it? Yes! With a micro Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. This is...
computer chipvideo

3-D X-ray Imaging Makes the Finest Details of a Computer Chip...

The electrical wiring in many of the electronic chips in our computers and mobile phones are just 45 nanometres wide, the transistors 34 nanometres...
yeast

Starch from Yeast

liana). They then implanted these into the yeast’s genome, from which they also removed all enzymes involved in the synthesis of glycogen, the storage...
X-ray scattering

Selectively Conductive or Insulating

Computers, smartphones, and all kinds of other electronic devices have tiny transistors as their basic elements. Up to now, these have been realised with...
Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable Batteries That Last Longer and Re-charge More Rapidly

Materials researchers at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute PSI in Villigen and the ETH Zurich have developed a very simple and cost-effective procedure for...
catalytic converters

High-performance catalytic converters for natural-gas vehicles 

Natural-gas vehicles are on the way, and they need catalytic converters for the exhaust too. So far, catalytic converters for gasoline-powered vehicles have been...
droplet 

Experiment in a hovering droplet 

First successful protein structural analysis inside a levitating drop of liquid 
carbon

Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other 

Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbours. The extensive carbon trade among trees...