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Advances Swiss cancer research yields breast-saving fat, better detection

The incidence of breast cancer in Switzerland is high, but research offers hope – especially the finding that cancer cells can be converted into fat.

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Technology in our lives

Mobility Driverless vehicles may lead to more congestion in cities

A study has found that the introduction of autonomous taxis and privately-owned driverless vehicles on Swiss streets may result in more congestion.

This content was published on June 7, 2019 11:38 AM

Energy innovation Why our cities aren’t as smart as they could be

Are low-consumption, high-efficiency ‘green’ technologies enough to create the kind of sustainable cities we’d like to live in?

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The business of innovation

Air Mail Swiss post office expands hospital drone delivery system

The Swiss Post is expanding its drone delivery system, transporting laboratory samples between two hospitals in Zurich.

This content was published on December 4, 2018 5:20 PM

Internet of Things Swiss nanosatellite launched into orbit

A nanosatellite developed by Swiss start-up Astrocast was launched into space Monday at a SpaceX rocket launch in California.

This content was published on December 4, 2018 3:38 PM

drone frontier Diamonds show promise in extending drone flight times

Lausanne-based LakeDiamond has developed a laser beam system using diamonds that could dramatically extend the flying time of drones.

This content was published on November 7, 2018 5:00 PM

Roche and Novartis R&D spending hits global record but shrinks in Switzerland

Despite worldwide research and development expenditures reaching an all-time high of $782 billion, Swiss budgets have declined by 10%.

This content was published on October 31, 2018 4:19 PM
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Doing science

Science Saturday Swiss polytechnic hosts international physics competition

Over 200 physics students are gathering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne for the 2019 International Physicists’ Tournament.

This content was published on April 20, 2019 3:21 PM

Publish or perish How scientists are redefining success

Switzerland wants to help implement alternatives to commonly used quantitative measures of scientific excellence.

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Waste not, want not Urban Mining: a second life for building material

Enrico Marchesi, innovation manager of the NEST building at Empa, explains the concept of Urban Mining and shows some examples.

Digging deep What does the snow layer tell us?

Snow physicist Charles Fierz and his colleague from the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos demonstrate the various tests and ...

Nuclear emergency Measuring radiation in the air and soil

Spiez Laboratory is a key part of the monitoring and emergency task force set up to deal with a major nuclear or radiological event in Switzerland.