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For 20 years Equal has been committed to securing adequate conditions for men and women at ETH Zurich. The Office for Equal Opportunities at ETH Zurich is celebrating this landmark anniversary with an exhibition and a panel discussion. Interview: Franziska Schmid, 28.10.13
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. Roman Klingler, 25.10.13
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. From the editors, 24.10.13
An ETH study shows that the number of overweight children in Switzerland is stable. The significance of this trend is explained in an interview with the first author of the study, Stefanie Murer. Interview: Franziska Schmid, 23.10.13
This year, the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the ERC Advanced Grant to five researchers at ETH Zurich. Each researcher will receive between CHF 3 million and CHF 4 million for their project. From the editors, 22.10.13
Hundreds of keys are lost every year at ETH. To reduce costs and increase security, the key management system has now been standardised. Thomas Langholz, 22.10.13
Living and studying abroad is an exciting experience. But blending in with the locals and understanding cultural differences may be challenging. An expert on interculturalism gives tips to foreign students at ETH on how to cope. Angela Harp, 21.10.13
Next week the Office of Equal Opportunities at ETH Zurich celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exhibition in the Main Hall. Rebecca Wyss / Florian Meyer, 21.10.13
Two ETH researchers have created an immersive space from artificial sandstone with a 3D printer. Franziska Schmid, 21.10.13
Materials in lithium ion battery electrodes expand and contract during charge and discharge. These volume changes drive particle fracture, which shortens battery lifetime. A group of ETH und PSI scientists quantify this effect for the first time by using x-ray tomography. Peter Rüegg, 17.10.13
In recognition of World Food Day, the World Food System Center hosted the “Our Common Food” competition and ceremony. Participants submitted their innovative ideas to sustainably reduce food waste and loss within the food supply chain. Angela Harp, 17.10.13
A major goal in neuroscience is to be able to use magnetic resonance images of brain activity to identify how a person learns. Researchers from ETH and the University of Zurich have taken an important step forward. Angelika Jacobs, 17.10.13
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. Peter Rüegg, 16.10.13
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. Simone Ulmer, 16.10.13
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. Peter Rüegg, 14.10.13
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. Angelika Jacobs, 10.10.13
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. Fabio Bergamin, 10.10.13
Columnist Arnaud Monnard sees the new Swiss national law for joining universities as something positive. Arnaud Monnard, 09.10.13
ETH Zurich lies in fourteenth place in the new THE World University Rankings. Although it has been overtaken by two American universities, it remains the strongest university outside the Anglo-Saxon world. Peter Rüegg, 03.10.13
With the number of students rising, ETH Zurich is expanding its infrastructure. For the canteens on the Hönggerberg campus, a caterer has now been commissioned to implement the new food market concept. Thomas Langholz, 02.10.13
A new study from ETH researchers shows that the viscosity increase of flowing pastes can be controlled and delayed by tuning the friction between individual particles. These scientific findings have a direct impact on the cement industry. From the editors, 01.10.13
The vitamin niacin has a life-prolonging effect, as Michael Ristow has demonstrated in roundworms. As a result of his study, the ETH-Zurich professor also concludes that so-called reactive oxygen species are healthy, thereby disagreeing with many of his peers. Fabio Bergamin, 30.09.13
At its meeting of 25 and 26 September 2013, the ETH Board appointed professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the applications submitted by the President of ETH Zurich. Media release, 27.09.13
Reto Knutti, Professor for Climate Physics, is the Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter in the IPCC report on long-term climate forecasts. ETH Life interviewed him about the report and the state of knowledge about the climate. Interview: Fabio Bergamin, 27.09.13
Several ETH scientists made significant contributions to a new IPCC climate report. It confirms the previous versions and warns more clearly than ever before that we are running out of time if we expect to achieve the 2-degree target. Fabio Bergamin, 27.09.13