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Long distance calls by sugar molecules

All our cells wear a coat of sugar molecules, so-called glycans. ETH Zurich and Empa researchers have now discovered that glycans rearrange water molecules over long distances. This may have an effect on ...

dateJun 18, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Hybrid material as gold-leaf substitute

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers headed by Professor Raffaele Mezzenga has created a hybrid material out of gold and milk proteins that looks like a wafer-thin gold leaf. Thanks to its properties, it could ...

dateJun 18, 2013 in Nanomaterials
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Antioxidant with a long shelf life

(Phys.org) —Scientists from ETH Zurich have developed a nanomaterial that protects other molecules from oxidation. Unlike many such active substances in the past, the ETH-Zurich researchers' antioxidant ...

dateJun 17, 2013 in Nanomaterials
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Single cells: Same same but different

(Phys.org) —If half of a cell population were coloured white and the other half were coloured black, scientists should think all cells are grey. Conventional methods average over thousands of cells, overlooking ...

dateJun 12, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Pollination merely one production factor

(Phys.org) —No food for the human race without bees? It is not quite as straightforward as that. A case study by ecologists from ETH Zurich in a coffee-growing area in India reveals that pollinating insects ...

dateJun 04, 2013 in Ecology
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Fast or superfast water transport?

(Phys.org) —There were high hopes of using carbon nanotubes, particularly for ultra-fast water transport to desalinate seawater. However, a simulation now reveals that these ultra-fast transport rates might ...

dateMay 28, 2013 in Nanophysics
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A quantum simulator for magnetic materials

Physicists understand perfectly well why a fridge magnet sticks to certain metallic surfaces. But there are more exotic forms of magnetism whose properties remain unclear, despite decades of intense research. ...

dateMay 23, 2013 in Quantum Physics
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Proteome atlas for the tuberculosis pathogen

Researchers from ETH Zurich have mapped the coordinates for all the proteins of the tuberculosis pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Thanks to this "atlas", scientists are now able to easily find and accurately measure every ...

dateMay 15, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Quantum optics with microwaves

(Phys.org) —Physicists at ETH Zurich have demonstrated one of the quintessential effects of quantum optics—known as the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect—with microwaves, whose frequency is 100'000 times lower ...

dateMay 08, 2013 in Quantum Physics
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Oxygen-sensing microrobots

(Phys.org) —When the retina's supply of blood and oxygen runs low, physicians have to react quickly to preserve a patient's eyesight. But up until now there have been no methods sensitive enough to measure ...

dateMay 06, 2013 in Engineering
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Conversion from bad fat to good fat

Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland have shown for the first time that brown and white fat cells in a living organism can be converted from one cell type to the other. Their work, using mice as a model organism, provides ...

dateApr 28, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Germanium made compatible for lasers

(Phys.org) —Good news for the computer industry: a team of researchers has managed to make germanium suitable for lasers. This could enable microprocessor components to communicate using light in future, ...

dateApr 22, 2013 in Optics & Photonics
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A new twist for quantum systems

Physicists at ETH Zurich have developed a method for precisely controlling quantum systems by exploiting a trick that helps cats to land on their feet and motorists to fit their cars into parking spots. In ...

dateApr 17, 2013 in Quantum Physics
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