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Switching light with a silver atom

Researchers working under Juerg Leuthold, Professor of Photonics and Communications, have created the world's smallest integrated optical switch. Applying a small voltage causes an atom to relocate, turning the switch on ...

dateFeb 01, 2016 in Nanophysics
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Highly efficient heavy metal ions filter

In November 2015, Brazil experienced an unparalleled environmental disaster. When two dams broke at an iron ore mine, a poisonous cocktail of heavy metals was sent pouring into the Rio Doce, reaching the Atlantic some days ...

dateJan 25, 2016 in Nanophysics
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Gloop from the deep sea

ETH scientists are researching the unusual secretions of the hagfish. Over the next three years, the researchers will try to find out how this natural hydrogel can be harnessed for human use.

dateJan 20, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Copper deposition to fabricate tiny 3D objects

A new 3-D microprinting process allows scientists to easily manufacture tiny, complex metal components. The used technology was designed by ETH researchers years ago for biological research and has now been further developed ...

dateJan 20, 2016 in Engineering
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In defence of pathogenic proteins

Protein deposits in cells, such as those associated with diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, can also be beneficial—at least for yeast cells, as biochemists at ETH Zurich have discovered. The researchers found a ...

dateJan 08, 2016 in Cell & Microbiology
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Nanowalls for smartphones

Researchers at ETH Zurich have manufactured transparent electrodes for use in touchscreens using a novel nanoprinting process. The new electrodes are some of the most transparent and conductive that have ever been developed.

dateJan 06, 2016 in Nanomaterials
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A multitool for cells

Cells have an infallible sense of smell that tells them which direction to grow in to move closer to the source of a scent. ETH researchers have now learned how this sense of smell works.

dateDec 21, 2015 in Cell & Microbiology
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