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Squeezed quantum cats

ETH professor Jonathan Home and his colleagues reach deep into their bag of tricks to create so-called 'squeezed Schrödinger cats.' These quantum systems could be extremely useful for future technologies.

dateMay 26, 2015 in Quantum Physics
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Pockmarks on the lake bed

An unusual and unexpected discovery: on the floor of Lake Neuchâtel, geologists have happened upon huge underwater craters—some of the largest in the world to be found in lakes. They are not volcanic in origin, but were ...

dateMay 18, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Supercycles in subduction zones

When tectonic plates collide, they produce earthquakes like the recent one in Nepal. Researchers at ETH Zurich are providing new ways to explain how and why earthquake supercycles occur in zones where one plate moves under ...

dateMay 06, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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From tobacco to cyberwood

Swiss scientists from ETH Zurich have developed a thermometer that is at least 100 times more sensitive than previous temperature sensors. It consists of a bio-synthetic hybrid material of tobacco cells and nanotubes.

dateMar 30, 2015 in Nanomaterials
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How rain is dependent on soil moisture

It rains in summer most frequently when the ground holds a lot of moisture. However, precipitation is most likely to fall in regions where the soil is comparatively dry. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at ETH ...

dateMar 06, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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A taxi ride to starch granules

Plant scientists at ETH have discovered a specific protein that significantly influences the formation of starch in plant cells. The findings may be useful in the food and packaging industries.

dateFeb 26, 2015 in Biotechnology
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Voltage tester for beating cardiac cells

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in recording the current in membrane channels of contracting cardiac cells. To do this, the scientists combined an atomic force microscope with a widely used method for measuring ...

dateFeb 17, 2015 in Bio & Medicine
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