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High-precision magnetic field sensing

Highly sensitive sensor may find widespread use in medicine and other areas

05-Dec-2016

Researchers from the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, which is operated jointly by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, have succeeded in measuring tiny changes in strong magnetic fields with unprecedented precision. In their experiments, the scientists magnetised a water droplet inside ...

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ZEISS and EPFL begin long-term research collaboration

01-Dec-2016

ZEISS will support innovative research projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, abbr. EPFL). The company will make one million euros available for new research projects in key technology fields such as biomedical research, ...

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Mettler Toledo opens new Competence Center in the Middle-East

Helping Middle-East labs and manufacturers enhance their processes and profitability

09-Nov-2016

METTLER TOLEDO has launched its new Dubai Free Zone Competence Center. This new facility will offer advanced analytical support for all industries operating in the Middle East and North Africa. It will also provide hands-on equipment training for METTLER TOLEDO’s range of products, which are ...

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Calcium Induces Chronic Lung Infections

26-Oct-2016

The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a life-threatening pathogen in hospitals. About ten percent of all nosocomial infections, in particular pneumonia, are caused by this pathogen. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Biozentrum, have now discovered that calcium induces the switch from ...

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Nanowires as Sensors in New Type of Atomic Force Microscope

19-Oct-2016

A new type of atomic force microscope (AFM) uses nanowires as tiny sensors. Unlike standard AFM, the device with a nanowire sensor enables measurements of both the size and direction of forces. Physicists at the University of Basel and at the EPF Lausanne have described these results in the ...

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Filming light and electrons coupled together as they travel under cover

12-Oct-2016

In a breakthrough for future optical-electronic hybrid computers, scientists at EPFL have developed an ultrafast technique that can track light and electrons as they travel through a nanostructured surface. When light couples to electrons on a surface, their concerted motion can travel as a wave ...

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Vigilin, the lock keeper

Researchers have discovered a molecule in liver cells that controls the release of fat

29-Sep-2016

ETH researchers have discovered a molecule in liver cells that controls the release of fat into the bloodstream. This “lock keeper” is present in large quantities in overweight people and leads indirectly to vascular narrowing. Anyone attending Munich’s famous Oktoberfest will know it can leave ...

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Controlling cell-fate decisions

26-Sep-2016

Rafal Ciosk and his group at the FMI have identified an important link between the Notch signaling pathway and PRC2-mediated gene silencing. They showed that a fine balance between epigenetic silencing and signaling is crucial for cell-fate decisions. While this study has important implications ...

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When the brain is high and dry

22-Sep-2016

Previously, the cause of the illness was often unknown. Neurosurgeons in Bern have now simultaneously found the cause of spontaneous intracranial hypotension and the solution. Fluid protects our brains and spinal cords. If it is lost and can no longer be reproduced, the brain is literally high ...

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Single crystal measures radioactivity

Affordable detectors for gamma radiation

21-Sep-2016

A research team at Empa and ETH Zurich has developed single crystals made of lead halide perovskites, which are able to gage radioactive radiation with high precision. Initial experiments have shown that these crystals, which can be manufactured from aqueous solutions or low-priced solvents, work ...

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