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Hydrogen-powered invasion

Although mankind is only just beginning to use hydrogen as an energy source, the concept has been established in nature for a long time. Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered that the diarrhea-causing ...

dateDec 11, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Peaceful bumblebee becomes invasive

Bumblebees look cute. They have a thick fur, fly somewhat clumsily and are less aggressive than honeybees or wasps. They are very much appreciated by farmers as keen pollen collectors. Particularly in the ...

dateDec 09, 2013 in Ecology
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New algorithm makes quadrocopters safer

Drones like quadrocopters have become very popular with hobbyists due to their simplicity and agility. But they are also increasingly being used for commercial applications such as aerial photography and ...

dateDec 04, 2013 in Engineering
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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 ...

dateOct 17, 2013 in Condensed Matter
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Bad news for fake pearls

(Phys.org) —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. In a ...

dateOct 16, 2013 in Biotechnology
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The reasons behind crime

More punishment does not necessarily lead to less crime, say researchers at ETH Zurich who have been studying the origins of crime with a computer model. In order to fight crime, more attention should be ...

dateOct 11, 2013 in Social Sciences
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Why cement tends to thicken

Researchers at the ETH Zurich have unraveled the microscopic mechanism behind shear thickening: the increase in viscosity with speed observed for dense particle suspensions under flow. The study has a direct ...

dateOct 01, 2013 in Condensed Matter
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Niacin, the fountain of youth

The vitamin niacin has a life-prolonging effect, as Michael Ristow has demonstrated in roundworms. From his study, the ETH-Zurich professor also concludes that so-called reactive oxygen species are healthy, ...

dateSep 30, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Chasing the black holes of the ocean

According to researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Miami, some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space. These eddies are so tightly ...

dateSep 23, 2013 in Soft Matter
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