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Environment - Innovation - 09.09.2019
Interest rates are a decisive factor for competitive renewables
Renewable energy has become competitive - and one often-overlooked reason is the reduced cost of financing. Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have modelled different scenarios in order to investigate the impact of rising interest rates on renewable energy.

Innovation - 09.09.2019
Jewelry uses new technology to turn light into words
Jewelry uses new technology to turn light into words
Local startup Rayform has developed a collection of unique, stylish rings that employ technology developed at EPFL (Switzerland). The surface of each ring is structured so as to create messages out of reflected light. look like normal pieces of jewelry. But shine light on them, and you'll see they are in fact extraordinary.

Chemistry - Innovation - 06.09.2019
Innovative method provides unique insights into the structure of cells and tissues
Innovative method provides unique insights into the structure of cells and tissues
Cells are the basic building blocks of life - and, as such, they have been the object of intense study since the invention of the optical microscope in the 17th century. The development of mass spectrometry (MS) methods - those which define the chemical composition of cells - represented a further milestone for research in the field of cell biology.

Innovation - 06.09.2019
Helium researcher interested in more than party balloons
A University of Queensland PhD student is working on creating a simpler, more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technique to extract helium from the earth. Abdul Quader says his research will save time and money for a range of industries that use the valuable gas. "Helium is a precious commodity due to its extreme physical and chemical properties, offering unparalleled advantages across the medical, scientific, nuclear and aerospace industries," Mr Quader said.

Physics - Innovation - 27.08.2019
Particle Accelerators Drive Decades of Discoveries at Berkeley Lab and Beyond
Berkeley Lab's expertise in accelerator technologies has spiraled out from Ernest Lawrence's earliest cyclotron to advanced compact accelerators This video and accompanying article highlight the decades of discoveries, achievements and progress in particle accelerator R&D at Berkeley Lab.

Environment - Innovation - 23.08.2019
Energising buildings
Energising buildings
A solar façade developed at ETH Zurich combines electricity production with intelligent shading to achieve optimal energy balance. Heating or cooling internal spaces requires energy. More intelligent building façades could save much of that energy. A system developed at ETH Zurich uses movable solar panels to generate electricity while at the same time allowing the right amount of sunshine or shade to suit weather conditions and internal use.

Innovation - Social Sciences - 21.08.2019
Online dating is the most popular way U.S. couples meet
Matchmaking is now the primary job of online algorithms, according to new research from Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld. His new study shows that most heterosexual couples today meet online. Algorithms, and not friends and family, are now the go-to matchmaker for people looking for love, Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld has found.

Computer Science - Innovation - 21.08.2019
Do pricier, faster internet plans improve streaming video quality?
Over three-quarters of today's internet traffic comes from streaming video, a number that is only projected to rise over time. To meet this demand, internet service providers offer consumers faster data speeds at premium prices, with gigabit-per-second tiers available in some areas. But do these pricier plans actually improve the quality of video streaming?

Computer Science - Innovation - 20.08.2019
New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments
New tools to minimize risks in shared, augmented-reality environments
For now, augmented reality remains mostly a solo activity, but soon people might be using the technology in groups for collaborating on work or creative projects. A few summers ago throngs of people began using the Pokemon Go app, the first mass-market augmented reality game, to collect virtual creatures hiding in the physical world.

Physics - Innovation - 19.08.2019
"Qutrit": Complex quantum teleportation achieved for the first time
Austrian and Chinese scientists have succeeded in teleporting three-dimensional quantum states for the first time. High-dimensional teleportation could play an important role in future quantum computers. Researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna have experimentally demonstrated what was previously only a theoretical possibility.

Health - Innovation - 16.08.2019
Wireless sensors stick to skin and track health
Wireless sensors stick to skin and track health
Stanford engineers have developed experimental stickers that pick up physiological signals emanating from the skin, then wirelessly beam these health readings to a receiver clipped onto clothing. It's all part of a system called BodyNet. We tend to take our skin's protective function for granted, ignoring its other roles in signaling subtleties like a fluttering heart or a flush of embarrassment.

Environment - Innovation - 14.08.2019
Wind it up: Europe has the untapped onshore capacity to meet global energy demand
Europe has the capacity to produce more than 100 times the amount of energy it currently produces through onshore windfarms, new analysis from the University of Sussex and Aarhus University has revealed. In an analysis of all suitable sites for onshore wind farms, the new study reveals that Europe has the potential to supply enough energy for the whole world until 2050.

Environment - Innovation - 12.08.2019
Gauging trees' potential to slow global warming
Gauging trees’ potential to slow global warming
By analyzing decades of experiments, the researchers mapped the potential of carbon dioxide to increase forest biomass by the end of the century, when atmospheric concentrations of the gas could nearly double. This, in turn, will enable plants and trees to store more carbon. Like the eponymous character in Shel Silverstein's classic children's tale, trees are generous with their gifts, cleaning the air we breathe and slowing the ravages of global warming by absorbing about a quarter of all human-caused carbon dioxide emissions.

Health - Innovation - 05.08.2019
Using algorithms to track down cancer
Using algorithms to track down cancer
Modern medicine is looking for markers that provide early warning of complex diseases. In its quest to discover these 'biomarkers', the ETH spinoff Scailyte has developed software capable of analysing millions of single cells very efficiently. The search for biomarkers is currently one of the biggest challenges of modern medicine.

Health - Innovation - 29.07.2019
£13m Convergence Science Centre to ’secure the future’ of people with cancer
The Cancer Research UK Convergence Science Centre at The Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College London was announced today. Cancer Research UK is bringing together scientists from two of the UK's foremost academic research institutions under the leadership of renowned cancer experts, Professor the Lord Ara Darzi from Imperial College London and Professor Paul Workman from The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

Environment - Innovation - 22.07.2019
Making the Invisible Visible: New Sensor Network Reveals Telltale Patterns in Neighborhood Air Quality
Making the Invisible Visible: New Sensor Network Reveals Telltale Patterns in Neighborhood Air Quality
B lack carbon, commonly known as soot , is a significant contributor to global warming and is strongly linked to adverse health outcomes. Produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels – emitted from large trucks, trains, and marine vessels – it is an air pollutant of particular concern to residents in urban areas.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 18.07.2019
Weebit Nano and CEA-Leti to demonstrate brain-inspired neuromorphic demo
The demo enables massively parallel, low-power and low-latency computation abd will be demonstrated at Flash Memory Summit 2019, August 6-8. Weebit Nano (ASX: WBT), the Israel-based semiconductor company seeking to develop and commercialize the next generation of memory technology, and CEA-Leti, a global leader in miniaturization technologies enabling smart, energy-efficient and secure solutions for industry, will demonstrate a new neuromorphic demo able to perform precise object recognition tasks in an energy-efficient manner at Flash Memory Summit 2019.

Materials Science - Innovation - 17.07.2019
A new material for the battery of the future, made in UCLouvain
In brief : The challenge of renewable energy? The storage of green energy , i.e., being able to store energy when it's produced while using it when needed. The discovery of the researchers from UCLouvain? A new high performance and safe battery material (LTPS) capable of speeding up charge and discharge to a level never observed so far.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 12.07.2019
New dual-propeller drone can fly twice as long
New dual-propeller drone can fly twice as long
EPFL startup Flybotix has developed a novel drone with just two propellers and an advanced stabilization system that allow it to fly for twice as long as conventional models.

Economics - Innovation - 11.07.2019
Could 3D Printing Lead to Distributed Manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a game-changer for the field of manufacturing, enabling significant savings of cost, time and materials. In traditional manufacturing, parts are manufactured in large quantities at centralized factories, then shipped out to consumers. But with the growth of AM, many wonder whether this technology will cause a shift from this centralized model to a more distributed model, in which facilities in different locations coordinate to fill manufacturing needs.