ETH Zurich

What makes tissue soft and yet so tough

Engineers at ETH Zurich have discovered that soft biological tissue deforms very differently under tension than previously assumed. Their findings are already being put to use in medical research projects.

dateNov 20, 2017 in Biotechnology
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Zipping DNA

ETH researchers have developed a method that allows large amounts of genetic information to be compressed and then decompressed again in cells. This could aid in the development of new therapies.

dateNov 13, 2017 in Bio & Medicine
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Engineering non-immune cells to kill cancer cells

T-cells are one of the immune system's major weapons. They detect the body's cells infected with a virus and trigger their ablation, effectively killing the virus. T-cells cannot do the same with cancer cells, however, as ...

dateNov 13, 2017 in Biochemistry
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How can man-made climate change be proven?

If observed climate variables such as temperature or precipitation change over time, it raises the question as to whether human influence plays a role. To investigate this, scientists are applying a method for estimating ...

dateNov 09, 2017 in Environment
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Transforming fibrils into crystals

An international team of researchers have discovered a new type of transition in protein folding: amyloid crystals formed from amyloid fibrils by a decrease in energy. The crystals are even more stable than the fibrils, which ...

dateNov 07, 2017 in Biochemistry
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Optoelectronics without glass

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed the first opto-electronic circuit component that works without glass and is instead made of metal. The component, referred to as a modulator, converts electrical data signals into ...

dateNov 03, 2017 in Optics & Photonics
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How songbirds learn a new song

For a songbird, learning a new song is akin to a child learning a new language. Zebra finches approach this challenge step by step, and even make a detour in the process - by taking song syllables that they already know and ...

dateNov 01, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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Getting quicker – more quickly

A new procedure simplifies wind tunnel tests and makes the results visible immediately. Athletes have gone up against the wind at ETH to test the new method.

dateOct 30, 2017 in Engineering
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The world's shortest laser pulse

ETH researchers succeeded in shortening the pulse duration of an X‑ray laser to only 43 attoseconds. With a time resolution in the range of a few quintillionths of a second, they are now able for the first time to observe ...

dateOct 27, 2017 in Optics & Photonics
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