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Dominique Derome new Head of Laboratory
Dominique Derome new Head of Laboratory
On 1 April 2017, Dominique Derome will become the new Head of the Laboratory for Multiscale Studies in Building Physics.
Physics/Materials Science
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Sentinel-2B timelapse
Sentinel-2B timelapse
ESA Space in Images ESA's ExoMars rover (foreground) and Russia's stationary surface science platform (background) are scheduled for launch in July 2020, arriving at Mars in March 2021.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
28.03.2017
New nano devices could withstand extreme environments of space
Members of the Stanford XLab are creating nano-devices that can withstand the acid rains on Venus, radiation in space and the heat of car engines, improving research in these extreme environments. Professor Debbie Senesky, left, works with graduate student Caitlin Chapin on electronics that can resist extreme environments.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
27.03.2017
A big leap toward tinier lines
A big leap toward tinier lines
For the last few decades, microchip manufacturers have been on a quest to find ways to make the patterns of wires and components in their microchips ever smaller, in order to fit more of them onto a single chip and thus continue the relentless progress toward faster and more powerful computers. That progress has become more difficult recently, as manufacturing processes bump up against fundamental limits involving, for example, the wavelengths of the light used to create the patterns.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
27.03.2017
From pigeonholes to the arrow of time: quantum physicist wins prestigious prize
From pigeonholes to the arrow of time: quantum physicist wins prestigious prize
A professor of physics from the University of Bristol's new Quantum Information Institute has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Cozzarelli Prize for a paper published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Earth Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
27.03.2017
Using a method from Wall Street to track slow slipping of Earth's crust
Using a method from Wall Street to track slow slipping of Earth’s crust
Stock traders have long used specialized trackers to decide when to buy or sell a stock, or when the market is beginning to make a sudden swing. A new University of Washington study finds that the same technique can be used to detect gradual movement of tectonic plates, what are called " slow slip ” earthquakes.
Careers/Employment - Physics/Materials Science
24.03.2017
Facilitating innovation in space
Facilitating innovation in space
The ESA BIC Switzerland  programme is starting its second round with seven additional start-ups. Amongst others, the jury was won over by the ETH spin-off ‘IRsweep'. Using a spectrometer that utilises infra-red laser radiation, the startup wants to make environmental analysis from space more precise.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
23.03.2017
André Jagendorf, pioneering plant biologist, dies at 90
André Tridon Jagendorf '48, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor Emeritus in the Plant Biology Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, died March 13 in Ithaca, New York.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
23.03.2017
Cryo-Electron Microscopy Achieves Unprecedented Resolution Using New Computational Methods
Cryo-Electron Microscopy Achieves Unprecedented Resolution Using New Computational Methods
Berkeley Lab researchers develop first 3-D atomic-scale model of P22 virus that identifies the protein interactions crucial for its stability Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM)?which enables the visualization of viruses, proteins, and other biological structures at the molecular level'is a critical tool used to advance biochemical knowledge.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
23.03.2017
Solar-powered skin opens new possibilities for prosthetics
A new way of harnessing the sun's rays to power ‘synthetic skin' could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. Engineers from the University of Glasgow, who have previously developed an ‘electronic skin' covering for prosthetic hands made from graphene, have found a way to use some of graphene's remarkable physical properties to use energy from the sun to power the skin.
Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2017
1970s space control
ESA Space in Videos ESA Web-TV Watch in: DOWNLOAD MP4 (11.07 MB) SOURCE MP4 (326.61 MB) After three years of collecting data, the highest resolution map of Earth's lithospheric magnetic field from space to date has been released.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2017
With Astronomy Rewind, Citizen Scientists Will Bring Zombie Astrophotos Back to Life
With Astronomy Rewind, Citizen Scientists Will Bring Zombie Astrophotos Back to Life
A new citizen-science project will rescue tens of thousands of potentially valuable cosmic images that are mostly dead to science and bring them fully back to life. Called Astronomy Rewind , the effort, which launches today (22 March 2017), will take photographs, radio maps, and other telescopic images that have been scanned from the pages of dusty old journals and place them in context in digital sky atlases and catalogs.
Physics/Materials Science - Careers/Employment
22.03.2017
GENERA Gender in Physics Day
The Faculty of Physics of TU Wien hosts the first Gender in Physics Day taking place in Austria. Advanced registration is required as seating is limited.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2017
Caught on camera - chemical reactions 'filmed' at the single-molecule level
Scientists have succeeded in ‘filming' inter-molecular chemical reactions – using the electron beam of a transmission electron microscope (TEM) as a stop-frame imaging tool. They have also discovered that the electron beam can be simultaneously tuned to stimulate specific chemical reactions by using it as a source of energy as well as an imaging tool.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
22.03.2017
Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age
Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age
Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Paul Scherrer Institute report that it is these reactions that are responsible for the hydrophobic effect.
Physics/Materials Science
21.03.2017
Electrons used to control ultrashort laser pulses
Electrons used to control ultrashort laser pulses
We may soon get better insight into the microcosm and the world of electrons. Researchers at Lund University and Louisiana State University have developed a tool that makes it possible to control extreme UV light - light with much shorter wavelengths than visible light.
Physics/Materials Science
21.03.2017
Start with the users
Start with the users
An app for building managers - or data glasses that help you learn physics concepts' During the first "SPH Innovation Challenge", ETH students spent a week working on their own project ideas.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
20.03.2017
A new, gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
A new, gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries
Yale scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve the efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, one of the most promising areas of energy research today.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
20.03.2017
Less radiation in inner Van Allen belt than previously believed
Less radiation in inner Van Allen belt than previously believed
This is good news for spacecraft that are orbiting in the region and can be damaged by high levels of radiation. New study shows scientists the 'snowflake in a rainstorm' LOS ALAMOS, N.M., March 20, 2017-The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research .
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
20.03.2017
‘Flying saucer' colloidal quantum dots produce brighter, better lasers
‘Flying saucer’ colloidal quantum dots produce brighter, better lasers
Steady state lasing with colloidal quantum dots an important step toward practical lasing technology. ‘This work brings us a step closer to the next important goal - the demonstration of lasing with electrical pumping, at which point colloidal quantum dot laser diodes will become a technological reality,' said Victor Klimov.
Physics/Materials Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
17.03.2017
Fund for European research partnerships awards first nine grants
Fund for European research partnerships awards first nine grants
The European Partners Fund, announced by the College in 2016, has begun its mission to foster collaborations with European colleagues.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
17.03.2017
Hydrogen inclusions mapped in high-resolution and in 3D
Hydrogen inclusions mapped in high-resolution and in 3D
Using a nano-tomography method, material scientists have succeeded in localizing hydrogen inclusions within a structural metal in 3D for the first time. This was made possible by a uniquely modified measurement method developed at ETH Zurich. Hydrogen is a problem for many metals. If hydrogen atoms are included in a metal, the material properties can be severely affected, causing it to become brittle or cracked.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
17.03.2017
Next-gen steel under the microscope
Next-gen steel under the microscope
Next-generation steel and metal alloys are a step closer to reality, thanks to an international research project involving a University of Queensland scientist.
Social Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
17.03.2017
Nuclear family part of the family violence problem: Germaine Greer
The nuclear family is ‘unhealthy', and our traditional societal structures enable family violence, says Germaine Greer in the latest episode of the University of Melbourne's The Policy Shop podcast.
Social Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
17.03.2017
Nuclear family part of the family violence problem: Greer
The nuclear family is ‘unhealthy', and our traditional societal structures enable family violence, says Germaine Greer in the latest episode of the University of Melbourne's The Policy Shop podcast.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
16.03.2017
Planetologists at University of Münster receive further funding for Mercury mission: German Aerospace Center provides 2.6 million euros for infrared spectrometer MERTIS
To solve the mysteries surrounding Mercury, the European Space Agency ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA are planning to explore the planet with two probes in the BepiColombo space mission.
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
16.03.2017
How can a quantum machine learn another quantum system?
How can a quantum machine learn another quantum system?
Quantum computing will soon enter a revolutionary new age of quantum supremacy, in which quantum computers are expected to outperform the computational power of the classical ones, unlocking new applications and technologies such as designing new drugs and processing big data. Before such a grand goal is achieved, a question remains as to how we can calibrate existing quantum computers and how can we verify their computing outcomes?
Computer Science/Telecom - Physics/Materials Science
16.03.2017
3-D X-ray imaging makes the finest details of a computer chip visible
3-D X-ray imaging makes the finest details of a computer chip visible
Researchers of the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have made detailed 3-D images of a commercially available computer chip. This marks the first time a non-destructive method has visualized the paths of a chip's internal wiring (just 45 nanometres — 45 millionths of a millimetre — wide) and its 34-nanometre-high transistors clearly without distortions or deformations.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
15.03.2017
Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars - where is the Dark Matter?
Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars - where is the Dark Matter?
New observations of galaxies forming 10 billion years ago show they are dominated by ‘normal' matter, with so-called ‘dark matter' present in much smaller quantities than expected. By mapping the orbital speed of gas around the centre of six galaxies University of Bath researchers, working with an international group of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics , found that the orbital speed drops with distance out from the centre - unexpected evidence that dark matter is only present in small quantities.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
15.03.2017
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
Gigantic Jupiter-type planet reveals insights into how planets evolve
UCLA, Carnegie Institution astrophysicists get rare peek at a baby solar system 300 light-years away Stuart Wolpert An enormous young planet approximately 300 light-years from Earth has given astrophysicists a rare glimpse into planetary evolution. The planet, known as HD 106906b, was discovered in 2014 by a team of scientists from the U.S., the Netherlands and Italy.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Switching Oxygen On and Off
Switching Oxygen On and Off
At TU Wien (Vienna), it has become possible to control one of the most important chemical processes: switching oxygen molecules between a reactive and unreactive state.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
14.03.2017
Rays of hope for patients
Rays of hope for patients
Tumours of the eye are rare. Yet for those affected, they mean a stroke of fate that involves not only the loss of vision but often the whole eye as well.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
13.03.2017
The world’s first international race for molecule-cars, the Nanocar Race is on
Nanocars will compete for the first time ever during an international molecule-car race on April 28-29, 2017 in Toulouse (south-western France).
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
13.03.2017
Ultrashort light pulses for fast 'lightwave' computers
Ultrashort light pulses for fast ’lightwave’ computers
ANN ARBOR?Extremely short, configurable "femtosecond" pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today's electronics.
Physics/Materials Science
10.03.2017
Performance featuring faculty members explores science/dance collaborations
Performance featuring faculty members explores science/dance collaborations
‘Incarnations,' a dance performance featuring four Yale faculty members and based on a collaboration between particle physicist Sarah Demers and Emily Coates, director of Yale Dance Studies, will take place March 16-18 at St. Mark's Church in New York City.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
10.03.2017
New professors appointed
New professors appointed
The ETH Board appointed three new professors and awarded the title of Professor to five recipients upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella At its meeting of 8/9 March 2017, the ETH Board appo
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
10.03.2017
Scientists make microscopes from droplets
Scientists make microscopes from droplets
Liquid droplets are natural magnifiers. Look inside a single drop of water, and you are likely to see a reflection of the world around you, close up and distended as you'd see in a crystal ball.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
09.03.2017
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Scientists are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.03.2017
Toward ‘valleytronic' devices for data storage or computer logic systems
Toward ‘valleytronic’ devices for data storage or computer logic systems
Faster, more efficient data storage and computer logic systems could be on the horizon thanks to a new way of tuning electronic energy levels in two-dimensional films of crystal, discovered by researchers at MIT. The discovery could ultimately pave the way for the development of so-called ‘valleytronic' devices, which harness the way electrons gather around two equal energy states, known as valleys.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Physics/Materials Science
09.03.2017
Conquering metal fatigue
Conquering metal fatigue
Metal fatigue can lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failures in parts that undergo repeated loading, or stress.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
09.03.2017
Dark matter detection receives 10-ton upgrade
The LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter experiment will be located one mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota, in a cavern within the former Homestake gold mine. Illustration: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory In an abandoned gold m­­­ine one mile beneath Lead, South Dakota, the cosmos quiets down enough to potentially hear the faint whispers of the universe's most elusive material - dark matter.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
08.03.2017
Iconic research centre confirms Durham's international position in space science
Iconic research centre confirms Durham’s international position in space science
Iconic research centre confirms Durham's international position in space science (8 March 2017) Durham University has reaffirmed its position as a world leading centre of research in astronomy and cosmology with the opening of the new £11.5m Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
08.03.2017
Chemists can rapidly purify wastewater with sunlight
With innovative chemistry design, we can use our photocatalyst to purify water with natural sunlight instead of UV light and dramatically reduce costs for operators.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
08.03.2017
Lasers can detect weapons-grade uranium from afar
Lasers can detect weapons-grade uranium from afar
ANN ARBOR'A technique for detecting enriched uranium with lasers could help regulators sniff out illicit nuclear activities from as far as a couple of miles away. It's hard enough to identify nuclear materials when you can directly scan a suspicious suitcase or shipping container. But if you can‘t get close' Now, the researchers have shown that a technique often used to identify chemicals at a distance can also distinguish between ordinary uranium-238 and the fission-prone uranium-235.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
08.03.2017
A perfect team for nanoelectronics
A perfect team for nanoelectronics
Research news Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene.
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
08.03.2017
Attention Earthlings: Help Wanted in Finding a New Planet
Attention Earthlings: Help Wanted in Finding a New Planet
The pursuit of Planet Nine 'a hypothesized Neptune-like giant that some scientists believe may be cruising along a remote orbit in our solar system'can now go door-to-door.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Physics/Materials Science
07.03.2017
Push button, cure cancer
Two Harvard graduate students want to make curing blood cancer or HIV as easy as pressing a button. Ph.D.
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