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Mantle plumes crack continents

Using a simulation with an unprecedentedly high resolution, Earth scientists from University of Paris VI and ETH Zurich have shown that magma columns in the Earth's interior can cause continental breakup—but only if the ...

dateSep 04, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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C2D2 fighting corrosion

Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even in places that people ...

dateAug 22, 2014 in Robotics
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Why lithium-ion-batteries fail

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 scientists together with colleagues ...

dateOct 17, 2013 in Condensed Matter
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Bioplastic – greener than ever

Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, a waste by-product in ...

dateDec 03, 2014 in Materials Science
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Ice ages only thanks to feedback

Ice ages and warm periods have alternated fairly regularly in the Earth's history: the Earth's climate cools roughly every 100,000 years, with vast areas of North America, Europe and Asia being buried under thick ice sheets. ...

dateAug 07, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Surfing on acoustic waves (w/ Video)

(Phys.org) —ETH researchers are able to make objects such as particles and liquid droplets fly in mid-air by letting them ride on acoustic waves. For the first time, they have been able to also control the movement of objects, ...

dateJul 16, 2013 in General Physics
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Groundwater warming up in sync

Global warming stops at nothing—not even the groundwater, as a new study by researchers from ETH Zurich and KIT reveals: the groundwater's temperature profiles echo those of the atmosphere, albeit damped and delayed.

dateNov 11, 2014 in Environment
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