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Gene network helps to turn white fat into beneficial calorie burning fat

Our fat cells, technically referred to as adipocytes, play an essential role in regulating energy balance in our body.

The birth of vision, from the retina to the brain

How is the retina formed? And how do neurons differentiate to become individual components of the visual system?

EPFL researchers simulate the process of adhesive wear

One of the parameters that influence the wear mechanism is surface roughness. A better understanding of how surface roughness changes during the wear process…

Tumors backfire on chemotherapy

But not all tumors shrink under chemotherapy. If the tumor resists neoadjuvant therapy, there can be a higher risk of developing metastatic disease, meaning…

New Foldable Drone Flies through Narrow Holes in Rescue Missions

Inspecting a damaged building after an earthquake or during a fire is exactly the kind of job that human rescuers would like drones to do for them. A flying…

Latsis Prize 2018: Andrea Ablasser unlocks the secret of rapid virus defence

In contrast to acquired immunity and its targeted, but slow, production of antibodies against specific pathogens, innate immunity reacts immediately: by means…

New technique reveals limb control in flies — and maybe robots

Scientists from the lab of Pavan Ramdya at EPFL's Brain Mind Institute and Interfaculty Institute of Bioengineering have developed a new method for recording…

Why does concrete swell and crack?

Unfortunately, concrete does not last forever. The ravages of time also take their toll on concrete structures in Switzerland. Not only are reinforced…

Drones survey African wildlife

A new technique developed by Swiss researchers enables fast and accurate counting of gnu, oryx and other large mammals living in wildlife reserves. Drones are…

Making opaque materials totally transparent

For an example, you need look no further than your smartphone – the geolocation function works less well inside buildings where radiofrequency waves scatter in…

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