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Holograms for molecules

Much can be detected in blood or urine: viral illnesses, metabolic disorders or autoimmune diseases can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, for instance. But such examinations often take a few hours and are quite complex, ...

dateSep 25, 2017 in Nanophysics
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Rapid imaging of granular matter

Granular systems such as gravel or powders can be found everywhere, but studying them is not easy. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a method by which pictures of the inside of granular systems can be taken ten ...

dateSep 21, 2017 in Condensed Matter
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Destabilization processes in foam

Oktoberfest is an exciting cultural event, but it is also a source of inspiration for materials scientists and engineers. Not the beer itself, but rather the beer foam is a source of inspiration.

dateSep 19, 2017 in Materials Science
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Red fluorescence in two steps

Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows fluorescent proteins to switch colour in two phases. They are thereby laying the groundwork for new applications in microscopy and functional analyses in biological research.

dateSep 14, 2017 in Materials Science
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CO2-free mobility: (how) is that possible?

Right now, everyone is talking about mobility, how it ought to be CO2 -neutral and clean. Yet how do we get there? Banning combustion engines, changing how we usually get around or gradually shifting towards electric vehicles ...

dateSep 11, 2017 in Energy & Green Tech
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Fast magnetic writing of data

Magnetic data storage has long been considered too slow for use in the working memories of computers. Researchers at ETH have now investigated a technique by which magnetic data writing can be done considerably faster and ...

dateSep 07, 2017 in General Physics
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Green light for ultra-fine display colours

Chemical engineers from ETH Zurich have succeeded in generating ultra-pure green light for the first time. The new light-emitting diode will pave the way for visibly improved colour quality in a new generation of ultra-high ...

dateSep 06, 2017 in Nanophysics
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A sweeter smile through augmented reality

In the future, patients will be able to see the outcome of dental treatment even before the dentist starts working on their teeth. This is made possible by a "virtual mirror" developed by Kapanu, an ETH spin-off.

dateSep 05, 2017 in Engineering
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More inflexible than imagined

Oligosaccharides – chains of sugar building blocks – are essential for biological cells. Scientists had thought that these molecules were freely mobile, but an international research team has now shown that such sugar ...

dateAug 25, 2017 in Biochemistry
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How a bacterium can live on methanol

ETH Zurich researchers have identified all the genes required by a bacterium to use methanol as a food source. The results will help scientists advance the use of this resource in the field of biotechnology.

dateAug 22, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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