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Next-gen organoids grow and function like real tissues

Bioengineers at EPFL have created miniature intestines in a dish that match up anatomically and functionally to the real thing better than any other lab-grown tissue models. The biological complexity and longevity of the new organoid technology is an important step towards enabling drug testing, personalized medicine, and perhaps, one day, transplantations.
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Restless nature of human spinal cord revealed by non-invasive functional imaging

EPFL scientists have developed a non-invasive technique for unraveling the complex dynamics generated by spinal cord circuits to unprecedented detail, a first in functional magnetic resonance imaging that may one day help diagnose spinal cord dysfunction or injury.
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Atomistic modelling probes the behavior of matter at the center of Jupiter

EPFL professor and NCCR MARVEL project leader Michele Ceriotti and colleagues have developed a physics-based machine learning approach to examine the behavior of hydrogen at extremely high pressures. The model reveals evidence of continuous metallization, and so has significant implications for planetary science. More fundamentally, it shows the way ahead for a simulation-driven change in how we understand the behavior of matter in fields as diverse as drug development and alloys for automobiles...
Tags: Science, Jupiter, EPFL, NCCR, Michele Ceriotti

Transistor-integrated cooling for a more powerful chip

EPFL researchers have created a single chip that combines a transistor and micro-fluidic cooling system. Their research, which has been published in Nature, should help save energy and further shrink the size of electronic components.
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New model explains when the brain becomes aware of information

EPFL scientists propose that periods of unconscious processing--during which the brain integrates information--precede brief moments of consciousness
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How a protein stops cells from attacking their own DNA

Scientists at EPFL have demonstrated the mechanism that allows cells to fight off viral DNA without triggering an immune response against their own genetic material.
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The (neuro)science of getting and staying motivated

Neuroscientists at EPFL and the University of Edinburgh have discovered that the degree of motivation and the stamina to keep it up depends on the ratio between the neurotransmitters glutamine and glutamate in the nucleus accumbens of the brain.
Tags: Science, University of Edinburgh, EPFL

Bioluminescent molecule in fireflies shines light on mitochondrial activity

The mitochondria provide energy for our cells, yet their role in many diseases is still poorly understood. Thanks to a bioluminescent molecule, scientists at EPFL can observe them at work in living mammals.
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Using air to amplify light

In a promising breakthrough for the future of communications, EPFL researchers have developed a technology that can amplify light in the latest hollow-core optical fibers.
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A titanium oxide nanowire-based air filter can trap and destroy pathogens

Filter “paper” made from titanium oxide nanowires is capable of trapping pathogens and destroying them with light. This discovery by an EPFL laboratory could be put to use in personal protective equipment, as well as in ventilation and air conditioning systems.
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Discovery of enzyme could provide new route for treating Huntington's disease

Scientists at EPFL's Brain Mind Institute have identified an enzyme that can play a central role in developing a new route of treatment for Huntington's Disease.
Tags: Health, EPFL, HUNTINGTON, Brain Mind Institute

Discovery shows promise for treating Huntington's Disease

Scientists at the lab of Professor Hilal Lashuel at EPFL have identified a new enzyme called "TBK1" who plays a central role in regulating the degradation and clearance of the huntingtin protein and introduces chemical modifications that block its aggregation. "We believe that this represents a viable target for the development of possible treatment of Huntington's disease," says Lashuel.
Tags: Science, EPFL, HUNTINGTON, Hilal Lashuel

Blood-thinner with no bleeding side-effects is here

In a study led by EPFL, scientists have developed a synthetic blood-thinner that, unlike all others, doesn't cause bleeding side-effects. The highly potent, highly selective, and highly stable molecule can suppress thrombosis while letting blood clot normally following injury.
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Using AI to pinpoint neurons involved in gait reacquisition

Researchers at EPFL are able to get paralyzed rodents walking again by stimulating the animals' damaged spinal cords.
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Shaking light with sound

Combining integrated photonics and MEMS technology, scientists from EPFL and Purdue University demonstrate monolithic piezoelectric control of integrated optical frequency combs with bulk acoustic waves. The technology opens up integrated ultrafast acousto-optic modulation for demanding applications.
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Ethics and AI: An unethical optimization principle

EPFL professor Anthony Davison and co-authors provide a mathematical basis for concerns about ethical implications of AI.
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Super-resolution microscopy reveals a twist inside of cells

EPFL biophysicists have developed a high-throughput super-resolution microscope to probe nanoscale structures and dynamics of mammalian cells, showing in unprecedented detail the twists and turns of an organelle important for cell division.
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This clear face mask solves one of the biggest issues about masks by making it easier to smile and talk to people

Swiss researchers have developed a clear face mask designed to make the interaction between healthcare workers and their patients more personal. The mask may enter the market as early as 2021 and will be sold to the medical community first, with the possibility of eventually being available to the general public. As the coronavirus disease has resulted in millions adapting to covering their faces in public, communicating with others has also become more difficult, especially for those in the d...
Tags: Trends, EPFL, Mary Meisenzahl, HMCARE

Photonics: From custom-built to ready-made

An international collaboration team of University California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and EPFL has developed an integrated technology that may revolutionize photonic systems.
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The smallest motor in the world

A research team from Empa and EPFL has developed a molecular motor which consists of only 16 atoms and rotates reliably in one direction. It could allow energy harvesting at the atomic level. The special feature of the motor is that it moves exactly at the boundary between classical motion and quantum tunneling -- and has revealed puzzling phenomena to researchers in the quantum realm.
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Melting a crystal topologically

Physicists at EPFL have successfully melted a very thin crystal of magnetic quasi-particles controllably, as turning ice into water. Novel phases of matter have been discovered and a new model system for fundamental physics studies has been established.
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Solving a Parkinson's disease puzzle through protein design

EPFL researchers, in collaboration with UTSW and UCSD scientists, have developed a computational protein design approach, and used it to obtain the first ever high-resolution structure of an activated dopamine receptor in its natural cell membrane environment. The breakthrough will open up a new dimension in drug discovery for Parkinson's disease and perhaps other disorders.
Tags: Science, UTSW, EPFL, UCSD

Transparent face mask startup inhales $1M seed round

A Swiss startup called HMCARE, spun out of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, has raised a million Swiss Francs (equivalent to about $105 million) to commercialize its transparent and relatively eco-friendly surgical masks. The founders were inspired by healthcare workers in the 2015 Ebola outbreak and at children’s hospitals around the world working closely with patients but unable to show their faces. Likewise parents and relatives of immunocompromised people who must make a human...
Tags: Health, Startups, Science, Tech, Lausanne, EPFL, Empa, Face Masks, Recent Funding, Thierry Pelet, HMCARE

Researchers Have Created Transparent, Breathable Face Masks

As mask-wearing becomes the new norm around the world, researchers from the EPFL and Empa in Switzerland have come up with a way to improve at least one of the many challenges of wearing face protection with a new transparent design that no longer completely hides and obscures the wearer’s mouth.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Safety, Masks, Research, Switzerland, EPFL, Empa, Hellomasks

redHUMAN: Deciphering links between genes and metabolism

Scientists at EPFL have developed a new method that simplifies the processing of genetic-metabolic data by picking up changes in metabolism, a hallmark of numerous diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's. The new method, named redHUMAN, is robust and features guaranteed predictability.
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A better model for neutrophil-related diseases

Neutrophils are critical immune cells for antimicrobial defense, but they can exacerbate a number of diseases, perhaps including COVID-19. The traditional approaches to study neutrophils in animal models are limited in specificity and effectiveness. EPFL scientists have now identified the problem and have developed a new, optimized model for studying the role of neutrophils in the context of disease.
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Smart textiles powered by soft transmission lines

EPFL researchers have developed electronic fibers that, when embedded in textiles, can collect a wealth of information about our bodies by measuring subtle and complex fabrics deformations. Their technology relies on transmission line theory and offers a host of applications, such as in health care and robotics.
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Smart textiles made possible by flexible transmission lines

EPFL researchers have developed electronic fibers that, when embedded in textiles, can be used to collect data about our bodies by measuring fabric deformation. Their technology employs flexible transmission lines and offers a host of applications, including in the medical industry.
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FloChiP, a new tool optimizing gene-regulation studies

EPFL scientists have developed FloChip, a new microfluidic take on the widely used chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) technique. By automating and cutting the cost of ChIP and sequential-ChIP, FloChIP has the potential to become a widely used tool for the study of chromatin biology and gene regulation.
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Watching single protons moving at water-solid interfaces

Scientists at EPFL have been able to observe single protons moving at the interface between water and a solid surface. Their research reveals the strong interactions of these charges with surfaces.
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