For the first time ever, a team of researchers has succeeded in making a silicon bar emit quantum-physically entangled radiation. The researchers hope that the oscillating, 30-micrometer silicon wafer will open up new ways of transmitting information between quantum computers.
Never before have flexible solar cells been so efficient: A team from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) has created a flexible thin-film solar cell with a record-breaking efficiency of 20.8 percent.
Power-to-X processes could play a key role in reducing Switzerland’s CO₂ emissions. These processes convert excess electricity generated using renewable sources into liquid or gaseous energy carriers. A group of researchers recently explored the potential of power-to-X for Switzerland.
They are tiny and weigh just 10 grams, but they are able to jump, crawl, and collectively tackle tasks: Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have developed mini robots inspired by ants.
Biofilms are not documentaries about nature, but resilient accumulations of germs, which particularly in hospitals can present a health hazard. Now, Swiss researchers are developing new types of material surfaces to deny these stubborn germ cultures a breeding ground.
Researchers in China released millions of male mosquitoes, which although they still court females can no longer procreate with them. By mounting a double attack in selected districts of a large city in China, the team of researchers was able to virtually exterminate Asian tiger mosquitoes, which are carriers of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses.