Latest University of Geneva Stories

2011-01-13 08:18:34

Discovery moves quantum networks closer to reality Researchers at the University of Calgary, in Canada, collaborating with the University of Paderborn, in Germany, are working on a way to make quantum networks a reality and have published their findings in the journal Nature. A similar finding by a group at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland is reported in the same issue. "We have demonstrated, for the first time, that a crystal can store information encoded into entangled quantum...

2009-06-24 14:35:00

A new study is shedding light on the process that allows hypnotherapists to cause limbs to go numb. Writing in the June 25 issue of the journal Neuron, Dr. Yann Cojan and a team of researchers from the Neuroscience Center and Medical School at the University of Geneva created an experiment to study brain activity during hypnosis-induced paralysis. "We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to directly test whether a hypnotic suggestion of paralysis activates specific inhibitory processes...

2008-07-14 13:15:00

Getting good quality sleep at night may help a person's memory, according to new research. Connections between nerve cells in the brain are strengthened by sleep, which adds to both learning and memory potential, said researchers at the University of Geneva, who presented their study to a Federation of European Neuroscience Societies conference. Overall, 32 volunteers were involved with the study. Each participant was taught a new skill or shown images. Tasks included following a moving dot...

2008-03-12 02:00:00

A new Swiss study has found that screening patients upon hospital admission does not reduce hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Dr. Stephan Harbarth and colleagues at the University of Geneva performed a study evaluating the effect of a MRSA early detection program. They compared infection rates during an intervention period during which patients were screened at hospital admission to those in a control period during which patients did not receive...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.