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Reproducing the conditions that occur at estuaries, EPFL scientists shined light on a system combining water, salt and a membrane just three atoms thick to generate more electricity. Credit: EPFL

Electricity generated at estuaries using light and osmosis

The fluctuation of photovoltaic and wind power generation is directly related to the weather variability. EPFL scientists are now developing a method that can...
Women wearing pink skirt, walking on street with blue shoes

How your clothes influence the air you breathe

The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies. Physically, clothing serves many purposes: it...
Open food repo DNA: Enabling consumers to analyze their food's DNA

Open food repo DNA: Enabling consumers to analyze their food’s DNA

Food systems emerged with the dawn of civilization when agriculture, including the domestication of animals, set the stage for permanent settlements. Since agriculture began,...
Credit: Ella Marushchenko (Ella Maru Studio)

EPFL scientists created ultrafast electron vortex beams

Vortex-carrying matter waves, such as chiral electron beams, are of significant interest in both applied and fundamental science. Continuous wave electron vortex beams are...
Capturing 3D images of objects beyond the reach of light

Capturing 3D images of objects beyond the reach of light

Holography relies on the interference between a known reference and a signal of interest to reconstruct both the amplitude and the phase of that...
In Switzerland, the national inventory has been updated only every ten years or so. © iStock

Algorithms to enhance forest inventories

Forests are an essential component of the world's ecosystems and a key indicator of our planet's health. They provide valuable resources – like wood...
The way people walk says a lot about how healthy they are

The way people walk says a lot about how healthy they are

A study by the EPFL scientists suggested that the way we walk tells a lot about your health. It can estimate how many years...
Harnessing photonics for at-home disease detection

Harnessing photonics for at-home disease detection

In the not-too-distant future, each of us may have a simple device – small enough for our nightstand or our pocket – that keeps...
Engineering cellular function without living cells

Engineering cellular function without living cells

The proteins called transcription factors are responsible for the activation and deactivation of genes in living cells. Although, this mechanism is literally complex and...

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