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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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Big Bang under the microscope

(Phys.org)—Scientists have replaced the telescope with the microscope: Using the similarities between the structure of a crystal and the state of the cosmos in the early universe, they have explored a yet ...

dateJan 03, 2013 in General Physics
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Searching for defects in space

Topological defects in space may have developed fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Simulations of these wormlike entities and a comparison of the simulations with cosmic background radiation measurements ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in General Physics
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Cutting light with a comb

(Phys.org)—Quantum physicists from ETH Zurich have discovered special properties in a laser, thanks to which portable devices can be built to analyse gases and liquids accurately and reliably in the future.

dateDec 14, 2012 in Quantum Physics
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Randomness forms complex social structures

(Phys.org)—The environment of group-living animals influences their social behaviour in a stronger way than was previously thought, says a new study from behavioural researchers at ETH and the University ...

dateNov 29, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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The limitations of climate models

(Phys.org)—How accurate is the latest generation of climate models? Climate physicist Reto Knutti from ETH Zurich has compared them with old models and draws a differentiated conclusion: while climate modelling ...

dateNov 07, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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A simpler path to a catalyst

Researchers at ETH Zurich developed a new synthesis procedure for a catalyst. This procedure may be used for the large-scale production of, for instance, plastics from renewable resources in an environmentally ...

dateNov 06, 2012 in Materials Science
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Amoeba feast on backpacks

(Phys.org)—The amoeba Acanthamoeba cunningly traps motile bacteria, collecting them in a rucksack before devouring the whole backpack. This behaviour of the single-cell organisms is unique.

dateOct 22, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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Smart power station on wheels

It goes on a trailer and should supply remote areas in developing countries with electricity: the intelligent generator SMiG, which students from ETH Zurich developed within the scope of their Master's project.

dateOct 16, 2012 in Energy & Green Tech
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