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
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
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