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Fertility app for parents-to-be

Since January 2017 a sensor wristband that, according to the manufacturer, is capable of detecting a woman's fertile days in her cycle with 89 percent certainty has been on the market. Empa helped developing the sensor technology.

dateAug 11, 2017 in Software
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De-jargonizing program helps decode science speak

Science is fascinating to many, but sentences that are full of expert-level terms and description can scare away even the most passionate readers. Can scientists learn to talk about their research without using too many technical ...

dateAug 11, 2017 in Software
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Always take the weather with you

The advent of mobile communications devices and in particular the internet-connected smart phone and tablet means that users can have access to almost any information they desire with the tap or swipe of a screen. That evergreen ...

dateJul 31, 2017 in Software
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An app to help you zero in on summer fun

An app developed by an EPFL doctoral student suggests outings you're sure to like – from sporting events to culture and outdoor fun. How does it work? The app is linked to a huge database of events and powered by a machine-learning ...

dateJul 27, 2017 in Software
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Waze unveils carpool app

Uber and Lyft talk a big game about transforming the roads, increasing carpooling and reducing traffic. And while both companies have succeeded in getting people used to the idea of hiring an on-demand chauffeur and sharing ...

dateJun 05, 2017 in Software
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Preventing software from causing injury

Workplace injuries don't just come from lifting heavy things or falling off a ladder. People with desk jobs can develop debilitating hand and wrist problems that make it difficult to work, and poorly designed software could ...

New audio codec enables unprecedented voice call quality

Smartphones can do almost everything you want, but their poor voice quality is still a vexing issue. Fraunhofer researchers have helped develop a new codec to banish this problem. Their solution raises voice quality to an ...

More than play: Can video games train sailors and marines?

Blasting video game zombies, aliens and gangsters might not seem intellectually stimulating, but current research shows these computerized conflicts actually sharpen a range of cognitive skills—including better multitasking, ...

Immersive virtual-reality creation software for everyone

Imverse, an EPFL spinoff, has developed a software that lets users convert 360-degree images from 2-D into 3-D and both manipulate and create virtual-reality content in real time with the help of virtual-reality glasses. ...

New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises
Team images tiny quasicrystals as they form
Slippery liquid surfaces confuse mussels
Reed warblers have a sense for magnetic declination
Sharp X-ray pulses from the atomic nucleus
Researchers find a way to combat pharmacoterrorism
Going nano in the fight against cancer

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