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2014-04-14 14:11:21

The phenomenon has long been known in psychology: traumatic experiences can induce behavioral disorders that are passed down from one generation to the next. It is only recently that scientists have begun to understand the physiological processes underlying hereditary trauma. "There are diseases such as bipolar disorder, that run in families but can't be traced back to a particular gene", explains Isabelle Mansuy, professor at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. With her research group...

Mitochondrial Ribosome Deciphered
2014-01-24 13:37:28

ETH Zurich Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich have deciphered the structure of part of the ribosome found in mitochondria, the power plants of the cell. The scientists were able to benefit from advancements in the field of electron microscopy and capture images of the mitochondrial ribosome at a level of resolution never achieved before. The ribosome can be thought of as a decryption device housed within the cell. It is able to decipher the genetic...

Peaceful Bumblebee Invades South America
2013-12-09 10:12:21

ETH Zurich Bumblebees look cute. They have a thick fur, fly somewhat clumsily and are less aggressive than honeybees or wasps. They are very much appreciated by farmers as keen pollen collectors. Particularly in the context of the crisis-stricken honeybee populations, the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, is being bred on an industrial scale for the pollination of fruit and vegetable crops both inside and outside greenhouses. It was hoped that these insects would take over these...

2013-04-22 00:20:25

- High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal system able to convert 80 percent of the collected solar energy ZURICH, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today on Earth Day, scientists have announced a collaboration to develop an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80 percent of the incoming radiation into useful energy. The system can also provide desalinated water and cool air in sunny, remote locations where they are often...

New Material Gets Into Shape
2013-04-16 14:24:08

ETH Life Inspired by plant components that respond to external stimuli, material scientists from ETH Zurich have devised a new method for producing composite materials from a variety of materials that adopt a pre-programmed shape autonomously. Plant components that bend, roll or twist in response to external stimuli such as temperature or moisture are fairly commonplace in nature and often play a role in the dispersal of seeds. Pine cones, for instance, close their scales when wet and...

Fingerprinting A Person's Breath
2013-04-04 11:15:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Doctors routinely use blood or urine samples to test for signs of illness or disease and a new study from a group of Swiss researchers indicates that a person´s breath could soon be added to that list. According to the study, which appeared in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, the researchers were also able to discriminate between individual breath signatures as if they were fingerprints. Previous research has shown that...

2012-10-25 07:30:25

ZURICH, October 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Branco Weiss, who died in 2010, has remembered the organization Society in Science - The Branco Weiss Fellowship in his will with a donation of an estimated amount of 100 million Swiss francs. The fellowship belongs to ETH Zurich and supports young researchers throughout the world. By testation, Dr. Branco Weiss has increased the donation to Society in Science - The Branco Weiss Fellowship...

2012-10-23 11:26:59

LÃœNEBURG, Germany, October 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Leuphana University is entering the online tertiary education sector. Participation in its new "Digital School" is open to people from all over the world free of charge and with unrestricted admission. Leuphana is the first German University to offer a digital range via its own facility. A special feature is the awarding of University creditpoints. Depending on their home university, these credits may be...

2012-03-05 07:00:00

ZÃœRICH, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A global study carried out by the brand value rating agency BV4, in cooperation with the Department of Social Media Management of the HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Zurich, ranks for the first time the most valuable social network brands. Facebook takes the top of the ranking with an estimated brand value of $29.115 bn, followed by YouTube with a brand value of $18.099 bn, and Twitter with $13.309...

2012-01-10 22:00:00

DUBAI, January 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EPFL Middle East recently held the first in a series of workshops on the intelligent governance of large urban systems. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) workshop provided an overview of the management and governance of transportation systems across the greater Middle East region. In particular, the workshop explored the role ICTs already play and increasingly will play in urban transportation systems with specific...