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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Nano-sensor measures tension of tissue fibres

Bacteria are able to attach themselves to tissue fibres with the aid of a 'nano-adhesive'. Just how they achieve this was investigated a few years ago by Viola Vogel, Professor of Applied Mechanobiology at ETH Zurich, using ...

dateNov 28, 2017 in Nanophysics
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Sustainable yam systems in West Africa

Yams are tuber crops and an essential staple food in West Africa. But the traditional cropping systems are unproductive and degrade soil. The YAMSYS project seeks to change this in cooperation with local actors working along ...

dateDec 08, 2017 in Environment
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Neutrophil-inspired propulsion

Inspired by white blood cells rolling on endovascular walls before transmigrating to the disease site, scientists at ETH Zurich have succeeded in getting particles to move along the walls of microscopic, three-dimensional ...

dateNov 28, 2017 in General Physics
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