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  • UN calls for moratorium on certain AI technologies

    UN calls for moratorium on certain AI technologies

    The UN is calling on its members to ban or strictly regulate the use of AI technologies such as facial recognition software. Until the impact on human rights is clarified.
    October 18, 2021
  • A house in the spirit of the circular economy

    A house in the spirit of the circular economy

    The ZHAW has built a house according to the closed-loop principle: Nutrients extracted from urine serve as fertiliser, rainwater is processed into drinking water. And much more besides.
    October 11, 2021
  • The unrecognized pioneer

    The unrecognized pioneer

    60 years ago, Theodore Maiman powered up the very first laser. At that time, however, neither industry nor research saw any practical application for the technology. The story of a major misjudgment.
    October 06, 2021
  • New repair method for old bridges

    New repair method for old bridges

    Many bridges are getting on in years and need renovation. Empa has optimised a strengthening method that allows concrete to withstand 77 percent more pressure.
    October 04, 2021
  • Material transforms from flexible to rigid on command

    Material transforms from flexible to rigid on command

    A material inspired by chainmail can transform from a foldable, fluid-like state into specific solid shapes.
    September 27, 2021
  • AI reveals connection between sugar and covid

    AI reveals connection between sugar and covid

    A team from EPFL wanted to know what diabetes has to do with the course of covid and used artificial intelligence to analyse 250,000 studies.
    September 20, 2021

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  • UN calls for moratorium on certain AI technologies

    The UN is calling on its members to ban or strictly regulate the use of AI technologies such as facial recognition software. Until the impact on human rights is clarified.
    UN calls for moratorium on certain AI technologies
  • A house in the spirit of the circular economy

    The ZHAW has built a house according to the closed-loop principle: Nutrients extracted from urine serve as fertiliser, rainwater is processed into drinking water. And much more besides.
    A house in the spirit of the circular economy
  • New repair method for old bridges

    Many bridges are getting on in years and need renovation. Empa has optimised a strengthening method that allows concrete to withstand 77 percent more pressure.
    New repair method for old bridges
  • Material transforms from flexible to rigid on command

    A material inspired by chainmail can transform from a foldable, fluid-like state into specific solid shapes.
    Material transforms from flexible to rigid on command
  • AI reveals connection between sugar and covid

    A team from EPFL wanted to know what diabetes has to do with the course of covid and used artificial intelligence to analyse 250,000 studies.
    AI reveals connection between sugar and covid
  • Cheap raw material for smartphones and solar cells

    Whether for smartphone screens or solar cells: Precious metals such as iridium or ruthenium are in high demand. Researchers from Basel have developed a cheaper and less toxic alternative.
    Cheap raw material for smartphones and solar cells
  • First microsurgery with robot

    Pioneering micro-surgery: At the University Hospital in Zurich, a patient was given the finest connections between lymph vessels and veins - by robot.
    First microsurgery with robot
  • Solar cells from the printer

    The solar cells from the inkjet printer are ultra-thin and flexible - and should also work inside buildings.
    Solar cells from the printer
  • Smartwatch activates insulin production

    ETH researchers have developed a method that could possibly replace insulin injections for diabetics in the future. In a gene network built into cells, insulin production can be switched on with green light.
    Smartwatch activates insulin production
  • Robot dispenses hugs on demand

    Need a hug and no one familiar to wrap your arms around? A doctoral student at the "Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems" is developing a hugging robot that could once alleviate loneliness.
    Robot dispenses hugs on demand

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