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Calculating Switzerland’s Energy Carbon Footprint More Accurately

Despite recent advances in power grid technology, engineers still struggle to measure the carbon footprint of one kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy used in Switzerland....
Brain Disease

Can Scientists Leverage Mysterious Mossy Cells for Brain Disease Treatments?

A small population of brain cells deep in a memory-making region of the brain controls the production of new neurons and may have a...
electric truck

World’s Largest Electric Truck in Operation

The world's largest electric vehicle with an empty weight of 58 tons and a payload of 65 tons has been christened «Lynx» on April 20...
trapped within a solar material

It’s a Trap!

When a solar cell absorbs a photon of light, it starts an electronic race against time. Two particles — a negatively charged electron and...
embodied carbon

Accurately Measuring Embodied Carbon in Buildings

Catherine De Wolf, an architect and civil engineer, is a postdoctoral fellow at EPFL, working in the Structural Xploration Lab (SXL) of the school’s...
oxygen depletion

Are Our Lakes on the Brink of Suffocation?

In the autumn, lakes undergo their annual water exchange as high winds, inflows from rivers and variations in water temperature mix up the water....
Technisvideo

The Floor You Walk on Is Now Smart

Thanks to technology developed by startup Technis, the floors you walk on will soon be able to track exactly where you go and how...
climate change

Understanding Climate Change

Jeremy Rugenstein, a postdoc at ETH Zurich’s Geological Institute, is posing some pressing questions: What will happen to the earth if humans continue releasing...
climate change

Hydroelectric Power Plants Have to Be Adapted for Climate Change

One of the aims of Switzerland’s 2050 Energy Strategy is to increase hydroelectric production. The Swiss government therefore also needs to predict the environment...
climate

Letting the Data Speak for Itself

Modeling environmental data, such as regional wind speed or temperature, is a complicated business. To model data statistically requires significant assumptions about its behavior...
insomnia

Children’s Sleep Quality Is Related to Mothers’ Insomnia Symptoms

Sleep plays an essential role for adults’ and children’s well-being. Short sleep and poor sleep quality may affect mental health, learning, memory, and school...
metallic materials

Custom-Tailoring Better Metallic Materials

The research results achieved by your working group at PSI directly benefit engineering sciences. In some cases, you cooperate directly with technology companies. Can...
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...
Ophthorobotics

The Eyes Have It

In Switzerland, the most frequent cause of serious visual impairment among older people is macular degeneration, affecting one fifth of those over 80. The...
phospholipid

Vesicle Origami

For the first time, scientists have observed a phosphorus-containing lipid molecule that assembles by itself to form cubes. Research carried out at facilities including...
Solar Decathlon

Managing an Eco-friendly House with Lego-like Technology Bricks

As part of the Solar Decathlon challenge, EPFL-born startup ThinkEE has created a smart ecosystem to control the house – dubbed NeighborHub – that...
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...
forest

EU Scientists See the Forest for the Trees (EU-Forest)

Its high-quality, standardised data will be used for forestry, biodiversity conservation and even paleoecology purposes, where tree species occurrences help understand past and future...
ribosome

Translating the Ribosome’s Grim Role

A large number of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) have been found associating with the ribosome, the protein-making machinery in thecytoplasm. What the so-called ‘noncoding’...
paralysisvideo

Joint Efforts Towards Treating Paralysis

Scientists Stéphanie Lacour and Grégoire Courtine of Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland are paving the way for new, intelligent neuroprosthetics that...