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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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New material gets itself into shape

Inspired by plant components that respond to external stimuli, material scientists from ETH Zurich have devised a new method for producing composite materials from a variety of materials that adopt a pre-programmed shape ...

dateApr 16, 2013 in Materials Science
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Diatoms explain release of CO2

(Phys.org) —Scientists have found unexpectedly high concentrations of opal, a mineral containing silicate, in marine sediments during the transition periods from ice ages to warm phases. The explanation ...

dateApr 10, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Tortuous paths hamper ion transport

(Phys.org) —ETH-Zurich researchers use x-ray tomography to screen lithium ion battery electrodes and can reconstruct the microstructure in high resolution. This helps to understand the discharging and charging ...

dateApr 08, 2013 in Materials Science
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Dwindling buffer effect?

(Phys.org) —The Southern Ocean could absorb relatively less carbon dioxide in future if the global temperatures continue to rise as a result of human activities, as climate researchers from ETH Zurich demonstrate ...

dateMar 28, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Climate change affects mountain forests

(Phys.org) —Mountain forests in the Alps react very differently but noticeably to a warmer climate. Even if the target of limiting the Earth's average temperature increase to 2 degrees were met, this would ...

dateMar 14, 2013 in Environment
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Cloud-computing platform for robots launched

(Phys.org) —Researchers of five European universities have developed a cloud-computing platform for robots. The platform allows robots connected to the Internet to directly access the powerful computational, storage, and ...

dateMar 11, 2013 in Robotics
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A glimpse into the evolution of proteins

(Phys.org) —ETH-Zurich researchers look several billion years back in time, when life on Earth was just beginning. In a laboratory experiment, they examined how a primitive protein was able to evolve. However, ...

dateMar 06, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Teamwork against mutant free riders

(Phys.org)—Pathogenic salmonellae rely on a division of labour: some of them see to the common wellbeing, while others are able to stand up to free rider salmonellae better. This teamwork bears certain ...

dateFeb 21, 2013 in Cell & Microbiology
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Shedding light on the earthquake situation

Researchers from the Swiss Seismological Service have worked together with the Seismology and Geodynamics group at ETH Zurich and with local support in Bhutan to install a temporary seismological network. They plan to use ...

dateFeb 20, 2013 in Earth Sciences
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Subordinate animals as guinea pigs

Subordinate animals must face higher risks than dominant ones Dominant meerkat females yield to their subaltern group members when faced with a dangerous obstacle: as a group of these animals reaches a road, ...

dateFeb 19, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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