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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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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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