Greener milk: how to make cow’s nitrogen intake efficient
Research attempts to balance more efficient uptake during cows’ digestion of nitrogen feed fertiliser to help reduce the level of cattles’ flatulences responsible for generating methane, a greenhouse gas
Purifying sludge through oxygen-based digestion
An additive for oxygen-based processing of sludge may be useful in specific cases in lowering the environmental impact of waste water treatment for the meat and dairy industries
Nanosilver in textiles – friend or foe?
Antimicrobial silver nanoparticles may enable people to use textiles in an environmentally more sustainable way, even though a question mark remains on their potential risks
Age-proof diet for longevity
By studying the molecular mechanism of food nutrients from a Mediterranean diet in an elderly population, scientists hope to help countering their physical and mental decline
Multi-sensors fire shield
A new system called FIRESENSE detects fire and extreme weather conditions and could become the best insurance to protect cultural heritage monuments from fire and other hazards
Europe fends off alien species
To help decision makers mitigate the consequence of alien plant and animal invasion, an EU-wide database maintains a black list of these unwelcome biological invaders.
Bacteria to spot pollution
Scientists are recruiting bacteria to spot pollutants spilling into our rivers and lakes.
Turning the tide on seaweed supplements
Proving the health benefits of a new class of compounds extracted from seaweed may require undergoing lengthy trials and comparison with similar substances before they become available as food supplements
Rescuing Swiss Heritage
Strickbau buildings in Appenzell appear to be on the verge of disappearance.
Niklaus Ledergerber: "Reviving Strickbau wood log houses"
A conservation effort in Appenzell, Switzerland, could lead to the revival of local heritage buildings made with the unique Strickbau construction technique
Whipping Swiss cottages into green shipshape
By making Strickbau wood log building more energy efficient, scientists are participating to their revival and use for modern living
Plastic waste set in concrete
Because plastic is widely available and not biodegradable, it is a material of choice to include as a component of light concrete
Martin Beniston: “We need to improve the management of water resources to avoid potential conflicts in the future”
According to the current climate models, modifications in the amount and duration of snow cover, the magnitude and timing of the summer ice-melt peak, the headwater extension of streams as they follow glacier recession, decreasing groundwater recharge and elevated water temperature are expected to ...
A multi-nano tool can introduce something new under the sun
Basic operations in the field of nanotechnology that are currently very difficult or impossible to perform can become easy with a new multi-nano tool called FIBLYS. Nanosized components in for example solar cells will be designed and studied in an entirely new way, which the researchers hope will ...
Physicist Dr. Sylvain Nicolay: “Further research needs to be done to bring nano-tuned solar cells to the market”
Solar cell production is still an expensive process. Thin solar cells consume less raw materials, energy and time, but their efficiency is still low and has to be improved through additional research efforts
Nanostructures improve solar cell efficiency
To make solar cells a competitive alternative to other renewable energy sources, researchers are investigating different alternatives. A step in the right direction is through new processes that change the surfaces of silicon solar cells. By creating different nanostructures on the surfaces, the ...
Nano-tuned Solar Cells
Solar cells that are more effective and cost less in production: European researchers developed nano-tuned surfaces to gain both .
Specialized invisible needles make us see surfaces at the nanoscale
We expect our electronic devices, such as mobile phones and computers, to work properly and become even better with time and seldom think about the amazing innovations making this possible. Scientists are developing a cantilever array that can have an important impact on synthesis and analysis of ...
Prof. Markus Affolter: "Breakthroughs in zebra fish research can be vitally important for humans"
The blood vessel research conducted by Professor Markus Affolter and his team at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel could prove indispensable in the development of new cancer treatments
Eyeing a common origin (where even Darwin didn’t manage to tread)
Professor Walter Gehring’s discovery of the Pax-6 gene, is now widely regarded as the surprising confirmation of the single origin of an organ as perfect as this, which Darwin had passionately postulated but found especially hard to defend. (Jun. '09)