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Researchers Found a Way to Extract Detailed Slo-Mo Videos From a Single Blurry Photo

The Phantom high-speed cameras used by YouTube channels like The Slow Mo Guys to capture mesmerizing slow-motion footage are obscenely expensive. But soon, thanks to a new technique that can extract slo-mo videos from a single photo, the smartphone in your pocket could outperform even a high-speed camera that costs…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Research, Smartphones, Harvard, Slow Motion, High Speed Photography, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Slo Mo, Virtual Frame Technique


Chirality yields colossal photocurrent

Typically, light is converted to electricity by chemically altering a semiconductor to have a built-in electric field. A team of researchers from Boston College, the University of California Los Angeles, and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne have developed an alternative means using a unique semimetal that intrinsically generates direct current through the nonlinear mixing of the waves of light.
Tags: Science, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that’s not half as good as what they’re seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that. Insolight is a spinoff from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where they’ve been working on this new approach for a few years — and it’s almost ready to hit your roof....
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Solar Power, GreenTech, Cto, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Solar Cells, Ackermann, Insolight, Mathiu Ackermann


Let’s save the bees with machine learning

Machine learning and all its related forms of “AI” are being used to work on just about every problem under the sun, but even so, stemming the alarming decline of the bee population still seems out of left field. In fact it’s a great application for the technology and may help both bees and beekeepers keep hives healthy. The latest threat to our precious honeybees is the varroa mite, a parasite that infests hives and sucks the blood from both bees and their young. While it rarely kills a bee out...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Bees, Conservation, Switzerland, GreenTech, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Varroa, Beekeeping, Colony Collapse, Alain Bugnon, Bugnon


Three paralyzed men are walking again thanks to targeted neurotechnology

Three paralyzed men are walking in Switzerland thanks to modified spinal implants.The implants provided intermittent as opposed to continuous stimulation. This isn't a cure for paralysis, but the work appears to indicate a promising future. None Three paralyzed men are walking again in Switzerland with the help of a team at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The innovative rehabilitation process the trio went through is now being studied to mimic its results for others in similar circ...
Tags: Bbc, David, Medical Research, Innovation, Switzerland, Lausanne, Charlotte, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Human body, Surprising science, Lake Geneva He


These tiny wasp-inspired drones can open a door 40 times their weight, and could one day be used in disaster zones

Researchers have built tiny microdrones capable of tugging open a door 40 times their weight. They took inspiration from predatory wasps, which can drag large prey along the ground. One researcher said the technology could be adapted for more complex tasks such as moving debris or retrieving objects from disaster zones. Researchers have built microdrones, capable of tugging open a door 40 times their weight, by studying the biology of predatory wasps. Robotics researchers at Stanford Universi...
Tags: Stanford, Trends, Switzerland, Stanford University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, IEEE Spectrum, Matt Estrada


Retired Nestle CTO Catsicas backs Incredible Foods, also joins board

Boston-based Incredible Foods Inc, a maker of plant-based allergy-friendly foods, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. The investor is Dr. Stefan Catsicas, who recently retired as chief technology officer of Nestlé S.A. Catsicas will be investing via his private investment firm Skyviews Life Science Ltd. In addition to the investment, Catsicas and Melanie Kahn will join Incredible Foods’ board of directors. Also, Incredible Foods has named Dr. Joseph Speroni as chief technology officer. ...
Tags: Facebook, Boston, Trends, North America, Kraft Foods, Cto, Kahn, Joseph, Stefan, State University of New York College, Melanie, Lausanne Switzerland, Penn State University, Cortland, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Kevin Murphy


Incredible Foods adds retired Nestle CTO to board

Boston-based Incredible Foods Inc, a maker of plant-based allergy-friendly foods, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding. The investor is Dr. Stefan Catsicas, who recently retired as chief technology officer of Nestlé S.A. Catsicas will be investing via his private investment firm Skyviews Life Science Ltd. In addition to the investment, Catsicas and Melanie Kahn will join Incredible Foods’ board of directors. Also, Incredible Foods has named Dr. Joseph Speroni as chief technology officer. ...
Tags: Facebook, Boston, Trends, North America, Kraft Foods, Cto, Kahn, Joseph, Stefan, State University of New York College, Melanie, Lausanne Switzerland, Penn State University, Cortland, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Kevin Murphy


Scientists find the genetic code underlying limb growth

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have discovered the gene code that sets the pace and order of fetal development.
Tags: Health, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


CHF 14 million of funding for all-terrain radiology

EPFL spin-off Pristem SA, born within the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's EssentialTech program, has raised CHF 14 million of new capital in a first round. The funding will enable it to put its prototype of a robust digital radiology system, appropriate for both industrialized and low income countries, into full-scale production.
Tags: EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Pristem SA


Hewlett Packard Enterprise selected to support supercomputer brain simulation

Hewlett Packard Enterprise says it’s been selected to build a supercomputer designed to simulate the inner workings of the mouse brain by 2020. The computer, known as Blue Brain 5, will become the platform for the Blue Brain Project, a Swiss-led campaign to model and simulate the mammalian brain. The project — which is under the supervision of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, or EPFL — meshes with international neuroscience efforts such as Europe’s Human Brain Project and the U.S. B...
Tags: Europe, Science, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Felix Schürmann


Brain-computer interface based on mutual learning helps tetraplegics in avatar race

Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are seen as a potential means by which severely physically impaired individuals can regain control of their environment, but establishing such an interface is not trivial. A study publishing May 10 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology, by a group of researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Geneva, Switzerland, suggests the most dramatic improvements in computer-augmented performance are likely to occur when both human and machine are allo...
Tags: Science, Geneva Switzerland, PLOS Biology, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Alien Civilizations Sending Messages to Earth Will Die Out Before the Signal Reaches Us, Say Astronomers

The study expands on the current mathematical model used to consider the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI. The new study, led by Claudio Grimaldi, a scientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, considered several factors contributing to the likelihood of receiving a message and the age of any civilization that would be sending it. Like ours, that distant civilization could use radio signals to transmit messages.
Tags: Science, Switzerland, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Earth Will Die Out Before the Signal, Claudio Grimaldi


Scientists use banana skins to create new cancer detection technique

Bananas are quite a magical fruit and they’ve been used for everything from “vegan leather” for wallets to durable bioplastics and feedstock. Now, scientists have found yet another purpose for this versatile edible: cancer detection. As first reported by the Huffington Post, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have been using banana skins in a new study to develop a technique for locating, mapping, and killing cancer in the body. Their work focused on the black spo...
Tags: UK, Design, News, Cancer, Bananas, Huffington Post, Biomimicry, Skin Cancer, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL, Electrochemical Microscopy Instrument, Cancer Treatement, Hubert Girault, Analytical Electrochemistry


Scientists use banana skins to develop new cancer detection technique

Bananas are quite a magical fruit and they’ve been used for everything from “vegan leather” for wallets to durable bioplastics and feedstock. Now, scientists have found yet another use for this versatile edible: cancer detection. As first reported by the Huffington Post, researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have been using banana skins to develop a technique for locating, mapping, and killing cancer in the body. Their work focused on the black spots of an overripe b...
Tags: UK, Design, News, Cancer, Bananas, Huffington Post, Biomimicry, Skin Cancer, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL, Electrochemical Microscopy Instrument, Cancer Treatement, Hubert Girault, Analytical Electrochemistry


This Origami-Inspired, Shrinkable Cargo Drone Flies Within a Foldable Protective Sphere

Here's a delivery drone Buckminster Fuller might have liked. While it's not quite a geodesic dome, this quadrotor developed by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems comes inside a cage-like sphere that protects it from impacts in flight, and keeps the spinning blades away from the fingers of the person catching it. Impressively, the cage can be folded into itself for storage, effectively reducing its volume by 92%. Take a look: The full res...
Tags: Design, Tech, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Buckminster Fuller


NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records

Collaboration between researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.
Tags: Science, Nrel, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


This robotic "eel" hunts down the source of water pollution

Lake Geneva’s latest resident—all four feet of it—is neither man nor beast. Dubbed the Envirobot, the critter is a biomimetic robot designed by Swiss researchers to pinpoint the source of pollution in tainted waters. Bereft of fins or propellers, Envirobot slithers through water like an eel, leaving mud and aquatic life undisturbed. Just as stealthily, it uses sensors to gather data from various locations, which it transmits to a remote computer in near-instantaneous fashion. Even for an auto...
Tags: Design, Switzerland, Fukushima, Lausanne, Lake Geneva, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Lausanne, Auke Ijspeert, Envirobot, Ijspeert, Nano Tera, Behzad Bayat, EPFL Already Envirobot, Jan Roelof van der Meer


Drones Built Like Squishy Bugs Won't Break When They Crash

Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren’t immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have designed a flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes,…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Design, Drones, Engineering, Quadcopters, Insects, Wasps, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Robotics Researchers Discovered a Better Way For Insects to Walk

A popular approach to designing robots that can navigate a world built for living creatures is to simply copy Mother Nature’s designs. But while trying to improve how a six-legged robot walks, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne actually found a faster way for six-legged creatures to get around.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bugs, Research, Walking, Robots, Running, Insects, Mother Nature, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Lausanne


Researchers just figured out how to make spiders move even faster

A creepy-crawly robot built by researchers from the University of Lausanne and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has demonstrated a faster walking pattern than that used by six-legged insects in the wild. The post Researchers just figured out how to make spiders move even faster appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Research, Switzerland, Robot, Spider, Insect, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Lausanne, Cool Tech, Gait, Flied


Celgene Pays Anokion $45M for Autoimmune Research, Option to Buy

Celgene hasn’t been afraid to strike deals with early stage biotech companies and the Summit, NJ-based drug developer is at it again, this time entering a research partnership with Anokion in autoimmune diseases. Under the deal announced Monday, Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG) is paying Anokion $45 million up front. Anokion, which is based in Lausanne, Switzerland and has laboratories in Cambridge, MA, stands to gain an additional $10 million if the company hits pre-clinical milestones. The deal a...
Tags: Deals, Startups, New York, Trends, Biotech, Life Sciences, Celgene, Lausanne Switzerland, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Cambridge MA, Novo Ventures, Versant Ventures, National blog main, New York blog main, New York top stories, Boston blog main


Avian-inspired drone alters its feathered wings to boost speed, maneuverability

A feather-winged drone has been built by researchers in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a research institution in Switzerland. The post Avian-inspired drone alters its feathered wings to boost speed, maneuverability appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Flying, Drones, Switzerland, Bird, Biomimicry, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Cool Tech


Look up in the sky — is it a bird? No, it’s a drone with adjustable feathered wings

A feather-winged drone has been built by researchers in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a research institution in Switzerland. The post Look up in the sky — is it a bird? No, it’s a drone with adjustable feathered wings appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Flying, Drones, Switzerland, Bird, Biomimicry, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Cool Tech


Researchers Make an Obvious Discovery For Improving Drones

Even the most maneuverable aircraft we’ve designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realized, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.Read more...
Tags: Science, Planes, Research, Wings, Birds, Flying, Drones, Switzerland, Lausanne, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Water soluble gold nanoparticle supraspheres can hold 2 million guest molecules

(Phys.org)—Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have developed porous 200 nm supraspheres from gold nanoparticles whose surface is functionalized with polyoxometalate leaving groups that allows for dispersion in pure water. The hydrophobic effect promotes the spontaneous adsorption of alkyl and alkylaromatic guests.
Tags: Science, Israel, Switzerland, Materials Science, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Low-energy melting of magnetism has potential for data storage

A new type of perovskite, the first-ever magnetic photoconductor, could lead the way to the next generation of data storage devices, according to its discoverers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
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New Swiss solar panel doubles the efficiency of residential systems

As if to prove the sheer speed at which solar panel technology is evolving, a new startup called Insolight claims to have beaten the efficiency record set just over a week ago by a joint team from MIT and Masdar Institute. The new device was invented by a team while working in the innovation incubator at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and it reportedly has a solar energy conversion rate of 36.4 percent - one percent more than the Masdar/MIT innovation. That effici...
Tags: Design, News, Germany, Environment, Renewable Energy, Mit, Switzerland, Solar Power, Clean Tech, Residential Solar, Lausanne, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Fraunhofer Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Solar Cell


New Swiss solar cell doubles the efficiency of residential systems

As if to prove the sheer speed at which solar cell technology is evolving, a new startup called Insolight claims to have beaten the efficiency record set just over a week ago by a joint team from MIT and Masdar Institute. The new device was invented by a team while working in the innovation incubator at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and it reportedly has a solar energy conversion rate of 36.4 percent, one percent more than the Masdar/MIT innovation. That efficien...
Tags: Design, News, Germany, Environment, Renewable Energy, Mit, Switzerland, Solar Power, Clean Tech, Residential Solar, Lausanne, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Fraunhofer Institute, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Solar Cell


Shape-shifting, remote-controlled microsurgeon robots come to life

A team of researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and ETH Zurich have taken on Richard Feynman’s challenge, building remote-controlled microrobots designed to enter the body, deliver drugs, and perform microsurgeries. The post Shape-shifting, remote-controlled microsurgeon robots come to life appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Medicine, Trends, Robots, Surgery, Nanotechnology, Richard Feynman, Eth Zurich, Health & Fitness, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Cool Tech, Microrobots