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2013-07-22 20:44:49

Thiols are sulfur-containing molecules found in most proteins of the human body. Characterized by their 'garlicky' smell, they also give coffee, sweat and the spray of skunks their unique odor. Because they are so widespread in biology, medicine and materials science, thiols are ideal targets for connecting molecules like drugs or polymers together, except that they must first be fitted with a chemical group that acts like an adaptor to other molecules. One of the most potentially useful of...

2013-07-08 12:11:35

Water and some nano-structured iron oxide is all it takes to produce bubbles of solar hydrogen. EPFL and Technion scientists just discovered the champion structure to achieve this In the quest for the production of renewable and clean energy, photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) constitute a sort of a Holy Grail. PECs are devices able of splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen in a single operation, thanks to solar radiation. "As a matter of fact, we've already discovered this...

DNA Brings Life To Materials
2013-06-13 14:54:30

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne A colloid is a substance spread out evenly inside another substance. Everyday examples include milk, styrofoam, hair sprays, paints, shaving foam, gels and even dust, mud and fog. One of the most interesting properties of colloids is their ability to self-assemble — to aggregate spontaneously into well-defined structures, driven by nothing but local interactions between the colloid's particles. Self-assembly has been...

Single Device Can Measure Hundreds Of Biomolecular Interactions
2012-09-26 07:42:18

Scientists at EPFL and the University of Geneva have developed a microfluidic device smaller than a domino that can simultaneously measure up to 768 biomolecular interactions. Inside our cells, molecules are constantly binding and separating from one another. It´s this game of constant flux that drives gene expression asides essentially every other biological process. Understanding the specific details of how these interactions take place is thus crucial to our overall...

2012-08-29 22:23:45

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, August 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Debiopharm Group(TM) (Debiopharm), a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group of companies with a focus on the development of prescription drugs that target unmet medical needs and companion diagnostics, today presents the 'Debiopharm Group(TM) Life Sciences Award 2012' in collaboration with EPFL (Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne) to Professor Daniel D. Pinschewer for his outstanding research in the field of...

2011-11-10 18:39:15

A team of researchers at EPFL, the University of Lausanne and the Salk Institute created super strong, marathon mice and nematodes by reducing the function of a natural inhibitor, suggesting treatments for age-related or genetically caused muscle degeneration are within reach. It turns out that a tiny inhibitor may be responsible for how strong and powerful our muscles can be. This is the surprising conclusion reached by scientists in EPFL's Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology...

2011-10-14 09:10:38

From blue whales to earthworms, a common mechanism gives shape to living beings Why don't our arms grow from the middle of our bodies? The question isn't as trivial as it appears. Vertebrae, limbs, ribs, tailbone ... in only two days, all these elements take their place in the embryo, in the right spot and with the precision of a Swiss watch. Intrigued by the extraordinary reliability of this mechanism, biologists have long wondered how it works. Now, researchers at EPFL (Ecole...

2011-09-12 12:05:26

EPFL Professor and father of optofluidics says the new field could help solve the energy challenge The science of light and liquids has been intimately entwined since Léon Foucault discovered the speed of light in 1862, when he observed that light travels more slowly in water than in air. This physical harmony between the two materials is now being harnessed to collect and drive light to where it can be the most useful. October's issue of Nature Photonics focuses on...

2011-09-08 03:00:00

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, September 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Debiopharm Group(TM) (Debiopharm), a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical group with a focus on drug development and companion diagnostics, will present tomorrow the 'Debiopharm Group Life Sciences Award 2011' to Professor Stefano Piccolo as well as two inaugural 'Junior Debiopharm Group Life Sciences Awards 2011' to Professor Etienne Meylan and Doctor Volker Busskamp. The award ceremony will take place at the EPFL (Ecole...

2011-01-24 15:39:46

The Roman Conquest, the Black Death and the discovery of America "“ by modifying the nature of the forests "“ have had a significant impact on the environment. These are the findings of EPFL scientists who have researched our long history of emitting carbon into the environment. "Humans didn't wait for the industrial revolution to provoke environment and climate change. They have been having an influence for at least 8000 years." Jed Kaplan is putting forward a new interpretation...