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  • 1391 “We need to buy time for a vaccine against the coronavirus"
    27.02.20 - After his extensive lecture on the current coronavirus outbreak, we asked EPFL Professor Marcel Salathé, an expert in digital epidemiology, a few follow-up questions. Q: What makes COVID-19 and its propagation so unique? COVID-19 — or rather the underlying virus, SARS-CoV-2 — has ... [anonymous]
  • 1390 Glass slides that stand to revolutionize fluorescence microscopy
    26.02.20 - EPFL scientists have developed a new type of microscope slide that can boost the amount of light in fluorescence microscopy by a factor of up to 25. These new slides can both amplify and direct light, making them ideal for applications ranging from early-stage diagnosis to the rapid arch... [anonymous]
  • 1389 A collective of young farmers now runs the Bassenges farm
    25.02.20 - Farmland owned by UNIL and EPFL will now be run by a young collective with the goal of growing fruit, vegetables and trees, and breeding farm animals, through a sustainable, closed-loop system. The farm’s products will be sold directly on site and on the EPFL and UNIL campuses. There... [anonymous]
  • 1388 Box office success thanks to artificial intelligence
    24.02.20 - Largo Films, an EPFL spin-off, unveiled its data-assisted movie-making software to producers and other movie-industry specialists today at the Berlin Film Festival. Largo’s program uses artificial intelligence to generate recommendations for just about every stage of the filmmaking pro... [anonymous]
  • 1387 Delving into self-consciousness at EPFL
    21.02.20 - What if the key to conveying complex scientific concepts like self-consciousness was to bring art and science together? From 25 February to 1 March, EPFL ArtLab will play host to the Immersive Lab, which offers visitors an interactive, multisensory experience. Are those your hands you se... [anonymous]
  • 1386 Scientists finally confirm a 50-year-old theory in mechanics
    21.02.20 - An experiment by EPFL researchers has confirmed a theory that has been used in mechanics for over half a century – despite never having been fully validated. The team could now use the theory in bolder and more innovative ways in their quest to develop ever better energy systems. Some ... [anonymous]
  • 1385 New insights into the processes that cause Parkinson's disease
    20.02.20 - In a breakthrough for Parkinson’s disease, scientists at EPFL have reconstructed the process by which Lewy bodies form in the brain of patients. The study offers new insights into how Parkinson’s disease begins and evolves, and opens up a set of potential new treatment targets. The b... [anonymous]
  • 1384 Three EPFL spin-offs among Europe's top 50 “super scale-ups”
    19.02.20 - Four Swiss companies, including three EPFL spin-offs – Flyability, Kandou and Nexthink – will be featured among Europe’s top 50 high-tech scale-ups at this year’s Tech Tour Growth Summit. The Summit is an annual event where a panel of international investors selects the most p... [anonymous]
  • 1383 Using performance modelling for brain tissue simulations
    19.02.20 - Scientists at the EPFL Blue Brain Project have extended performance modelling techniques to the field of computational brain science. In a paper published in Neuroinformatics, they provide a quantitative appraisal of the performance landscape of brain tissue simulations, and analyze in d... [anonymous]
  • 1382 Fruit flies have a radical strategy for dealing with free radicals
    18.02.20 - Flies belonging to the genus Drosophila combat oxidative stress by removing excess fat from their blood. This remarkable mechanism proves that evolution has no shortage of answers to a problem that affects all life on Earth. Oxidative stress affects all living organisms, and the damage i... [anonymous]
  • 1381 Climate change will disrupt existing energy systems
    18.02.20 - As climate changes and extreme weather events become more commonplace, we will need to fundamentally rethink how we produce renewable energy. Researchers at EPFL have developed a simulation method to reduce the adverse influences due to climate-related uncertainties in the energy sector ... [anonymous]
  • 1380 Extreme-environment training for would-be astronauts
    17.02.20 - A hand-picked group of students, including several from EPFL, spent a grueling weekend at a space boot camp in Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps. The would-be astronauts were preparing for the Asclepios space mission analog, run by EPFL student association Space@yourService. First, they ha... [anonymous]
  • 1379 Printing tiny, high-precision objects in a matter of seconds
    13.02.20 - Researchers at EPFL have developed a new, high-precision method for 3D-printing small, soft objects. The process, which takes less than 30 seconds from start to finish, has potential applications in a wide range of fields, including 3D bioprinting. It all starts with a translucent liquid... [anonymous]
  • 1378 Federal Council renews Martin Vetterli's term as president of EPFL
    12.02.20 - The Swiss Federal Council has renewed Martin Vetterli’s term as president of Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), upon the recommendation of the ETH Board. The professor of communication systems will therefore lead EPFL for a second four-year term that will begin on 1 Ja... [anonymous]
  • 1377 New quasiparticle unveiled in room temperature semiconductors
    12.02.20 - Physicists from Switzerland and Germany have unveiled fingerprints of the long-sought particle known as Mahan exciton in the room temperature optical response of the popular methylammonium lead halide perovskites. The optical properties of semiconductors are governed by the so-called “... [anonymous]
  • 1376 Bacteria under the microscope: a new growth model for tuberculosis
    11.02.20 - New research has shed light on how mycobacteria grow. This discovery could explain why some members of this family of single-celled organisms, which includes the bacillus that causes tuberculosis, can develop resistance to antibiotics For centuries, scientists have peered down the lens o... [anonymous]
  • 1375 Personalized cancer vaccines
    10.02.20 - The only therapeutic cancer vaccine available on the market has so far showed very limited efficacy in clinical trials. EPFL researchers are currently working on an alternative. They have developed a platform that allows a cancer vaccine to be delivered to a precise location and stimulat... [anonymous]
  • 1374 A novel formulation to explain heat propagation
    07.02.20 - Researchers at EPFL and MARVEL have developed a novel formulation that describes how heat spreads within crystalline materials. This can explain why and under which conditions heat propagation becomes fluid-like rather than diffusive. Their equations will make it easier to design next-ge... [anonymous]
  • 1373 EPFL spin-off Lunaphore raises 23 million francs
    06.02.20 - Lunaphore, an EPFL spin-off that develops pioneering equipment for cancer research and tissue diagnostics, announced that it has raised 23 million francs in Series C funding. Lunaphore, a startup whose first product hit the European market last summer, today announced that it has complet... [anonymous]
  • 1372 Breathing may change your mind about free will
    06.02.20 - Is free will just an illusion? For decades, a signal from the brain called the “readiness potential” has been interpreted to mean that free will may be an illusion. Backed by signals from the brain and lungs, EPFL scientists have discovered that the readiness potential is in fact cou... [anonymous]
  • 1371 Our carbon footprint is highly impacted by how we live
    05.02.20 - Swiss households have excessively large carbon footprints. However, that footprint depends more on socio-economic status than location – whether the household is in the countryside or the city – because people travel more in the country but consume more in cities. Swiss households en... [anonymous]
  • 1370 A summer of speed for EPFL Racing
    04.02.20 - EPFL and its electric single-seater racing car will take part in Formula Student motor racing competitions in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany this summer. For members of EPFL Racing Team, the winter exam session ended with an additional – and significant – challenge:... [anonymous]
  • 1369 A high-octane summer for EPFL Racing
    04.02.20 - EPFL and its electric single-seater racing car will take part in Formula Student motor racing competitions in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany this summer. For members of EPFL Racing Team, the winter exam session ended with an additional – and significant – challenge:... [anonymous]
  • 1368 Designing an emergency stop switch for immunotherapies
    03.02.20 - CAR T-cell therapy is a highly promising treatment strategy for tumors, but is associated with life-threatening side effects. Researchers at EPFL, UNIL and CHUV have developed a new way to “switch off” the therapy when a cancer patient’s life is in danger, paving the way for safer ... [anonymous]
  • 1367 What if half of Switzerland's rooftops produced electricity?
    03.02.20 - Researchers at EPFL are assessing Switzerland’s solar power potential. Their results show that photovoltaic panels could be installed on more than half of the country’s 9.6 million rooftops. The resulting power would meet more than 40% of Swiss electricity demand. The widespread inst... [anonymous]
  • 1366 Harnessing the moiré effect to make transparent images
    31.01.20 - Researchers at EPFL have developed a material that combines transparent properties with the moiré effect to produce images. The technology could have interesting decorative and anti-forgery applications. Applying a moiré pattern to a transparent material is a new and surprising way of... [anonymous]
  • 1365 Rivers are warming at the same rate as the atmosphere
    30.01.20 - Researchers at EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) have found that the temperature of Swiss rivers is rising steadily. This situation is straining ecosystems and could limit the use of this water in Switzerland’s nuclear and hydropower ind... [anonymous]
  • 1364 A partnership to boost researchers' career prospects in Croatia
    30.01.20 - For several years now, EPFL has been working closely with the Croatian authorities to give young researchers the opportunity to lead research programs in Croatia. We met some of those involved in this pilot project, which is based on expertise developed within EPFL. The pilot program, ai... [anonymous]
  • 1363 Unique new antiviral treatment made using sugar
    29.01.20 - New antiviral materials made from sugar have been developed by researchers from the University of Manchester, the University of Geneva and the EPFL in Lausanne. They can destroy viruses on contact and may help in the fight against viral outbreaks. Although at an early stage of developmen... [anonymous]
  • 1362 Participatory democracy platforms gain traction in Switzerland
    29.01.20 - An initial survey by researchers at EPFL has found that local and regional governments are increasingly turning to digital technology to understand the views of their citizens, especially on planning and development proposals. Governments across Switzerland are embracing civic technology... [anonymous]