A preview of the new home page of ETH Zurich which will be launched on 29 October. (Screen shot: ETH Zurich)


ETH Life renamed to ETH News

ETH Zurich will re-launch its web on 29 October. This also means that ETH Life will become ETH News. What will change besides the new name? Roman Klingler, Head News & Media Relations, explains. 25.10.13
Part of the optical system used to trap and manipulate atoms. The arrangement of mirrors and lenses brings the a large number of laser beams onto the atoms. (Photo : Jean-Philippe Brantut / ETH Zurich)


A thermoelectric materials emulator

Converting heat directly into power could be a major source of renewable energy. Physicists at ETH Zurich now have simulated new materials that are highly efficient in this transition – in an experiment with cold atoms trapped by lasers. 24.10.13

16.10.13 Bad news for fake pearls

For the first time, a group of researchers has succeeded in isolating DNA from pearls and used their genetic material to identify the specific species of oyster that produced the pearl.

16.10.13 New insight into the Earth’s deep interior

New computer simulations of the Earth’s magnetic field show the impact of the magnetic field on processes in the Earth’s core. They take the wraps off a secret dating back more than 300 years.

14.10.13 Happiness lowers blood pressure

A synthetic gene module controlled by the happiness hormone dopamine produces an agent that lowers blood pressure. This opens up new avenues for therapies that are remote-controlled via the subsconscious.

10.10.13 New antiviral response discovered in mammals

Researchers of ETH Zurich have discovered a part of the innate immune system in mice that has until now only been known in plants and invertebrates.

10.10.13 The reasons behind crime

More repression and punishment does not necessarily lead to less crime, says a team of scientists around Dirk Helbing, a professor of sociology at ETH Zurich, which has studied the origins of crime with a computer model.