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Quantum transfer at the push of a button

Quantum transfer at the push of a button
In the new quantum information technologies, fragile quantum states have to be transferred between distant quantum bits. Researchers at ETH have now realised such a quantum transmission between two solid-state qubits at the push of a button. Data transmission is the backbone of the modern information society, on both the large and small scale. On the internet, data are exchanged between computers all over the world, most often using fibre optic cables.
19th June 2018

Measuring device behaves like an electronic rescue dog

Measuring device behaves like an electronic rescue dog
Trained rescue dogs are still the best disaster workers – their sensitive noses help them to track down people buried by earthquakes or avalanches. Like all living creatures, however, dogs need to take breaks every now and again. They are also often not immediately available in disaster areas, and dog teams have to travel from further afield. A new measuring device from researchers at ETH Zurich led by Sotiris Pratsinis, Professor of Process Engineering, however, is always ready for use.
17th May 2018

The thermodynamics of computing

The thermodynamics of computing
Energy-saving computer systems could make computing more efficient, but the efficiency of these systems can’t be increased indefinitely, as ETH physicists show. As steam engines became increasingly widespread in the 19th century, the question soon arose as to how to optimise them. Thermodynamics, the physical theory that resulted from the study of these machines, proved to be an extremely fruitful approach; it is still a central concept in the optimisation of energy use in heat engines.
20th April 2018


Complete music album to be stored on DNA

Complete music album to be stored on DNA
The digital audio of an entire music album is to be stored in the form of genetic information for the first time, using technology developed at ETH Zurich. Coded in DNA molecules and poured into tiny glass beads, an album by Massive Attack will be preserved – practically for eternity. The British band Massive Attack are considered pioneers of trip hop, an atmospheric style of electronic music featuring laid-back beats.
20th April 2018

Understanding and controlling the future of power grid

Understanding and controlling the future of power grid
The electric energy system is becoming increasingly diverse and distributed. This trend is bound to have an impact on how the system operators will control and optimise the future grid, blogs Gabriela Hug. Optimising the electrical power grid has always been a difficult task because its state is constantly changing. Now electric power systems all over the world are transitioning from highly centralised infrastructures with bulk generation plants to increasingly distributed generation and storage solutions.
12th March 2018

A zero-power receiver for touch communication

A zero-power receiver for touch communication
Battery lifetime is an important issue in wearable devices. Ideally, they should always be ready to receive control signals without consuming a lot of power. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a zero-power receiver for touch communication that harvests its energy directly from the signal. Having electronic gadgets always ready to function at our command comes at a cost.
5th March 2018

Quantum physical model reveals the secret of plants

Quantum physical model reveals the secret of plants
Plants can convert sunlight into chemical energy with a high degree of efficiency. How this is achieved is still not entirely clear. ETH physicists have now constructed a quantum physical model that aims to answer this question. Chlorophyll is the crucial molecule. Thanks to this green pigment, plants are able to convert sunlight directly into chemical energy. The fact that the ATP molecule is created within the plant cells using light can now be read in any good biology textbook.
5th March 2018

Teaching quantum physics to a computer

Teaching quantum physics to a computer
An international collaboration led by ETH physicists has used machine learning to teach a computer how to predict the outcomes of quantum experiments. The results could prove to be essential for testing future quantum computers. Physics students spend many years learning to master the often counterintuitive laws and effects of quantum mechanics.
28th February 2018

Making the cable industry sexier

Making the cable industry sexier
ETH engineers Vincent Martinez and Luca Hirt are on a mission: to make cables more durable and reliable. This could potentially lead to unbreakable headphone cables, shaking up an industry known for its slow pace of innovation. It’s not easy to get people excited about cables, but Vincent Martinez has managed to do so. At the Start Summit in St. Gallen – one of Switzerland’s biggest and most important gatherings for start-ups – the pitch he gave for his company “nanoleq” won him a prize of 20,000 Swiss francs.
22nd January 2018

Quantum physics turned into possible reality

Quantum physics turned into possible reality
ETH physicists have developed a silicon wafer that behaves like a topological insulator when stimulated using ultrasound. They have thereby succeeded in turning an abstract theoretical concept into a macroscopic product. The usual procedure goes like this: you have a complex physical system and attempt to explain its behaviour through as simple a model as possible.
16th January 2018

Quantum dot provides fast light emission and optimised brightness

Quantum dot provides fast light emission and optimised brightness
An international team of researchers from ETH Zurich, IBM Research Zurich, Empa and four American research institutions have found the explanation for why a class of nanocrystals that has been intensively studied in recent years shines in such incredibly bright colours. The nanocrystals contain caesium lead halide compounds that are arranged in a perovskite lattice structure.
11th January 2018

Data science harnessing the spirit of Japanese poetry

Data science harnessing the spirit of Japanese poetry
ETH Lausanne and ETH Zurich’s Swiss Data Science Center is off to a successful start. In September, scientists at the Center launched their open source platform Renga. First research projects have been chosen. Named after the Japanese poetry form Renga, collaboration will also be the focus of the new Swiss Data Science Center platform. (Image: Colourbox / ETH Zurich).
8th December 2017

Nano-sensor can measure tension of tissue fibres

Nano-sensor can measure tension of tissue fibres
Bacteria are able to attach themselves to tissue fibres with the aid of a ‘nano-adhesive’. Just how they achieve this was investigated a few years ago by Viola Vogel, Professor of Applied Mechanobiology, using computer simulations at CSCS. The researchers simulated how the bacterial nano-adhesive – a peptide thread with several binding sites strung together like pearls – adheres to what are called fibronectin fibres.
28th November 2017

When children's creativity meets VR and AR

When children's creativity meets VR and AR
Colouring books and crayons often have a hard time competing against smartphone games and YouTube videos, especially as children come into contact with mobile devices from a very early age. Researchers at the Game Technology Center have combined the advantages of classic toys with the potential of virtual reality to bring new life to the playroom. The researchers are calling their new applications 'augmented creativity'.
21st November 2017

ETH Zurich sheds light on digitalisation at Digitaltag

ETH Zurich sheds light on digitalisation at Digitaltag
Digitalisation is rapidly transforming our society. Switzerland’s first Digitaltag event will showcase what this change means for our country and our economy. ETH Zurich will also be there to shed some light on selected aspects of the digital transformation. The countdown ends on 21 November 2017: Switzerland’s first Digitaltag digital day invites the public to attend the more than 80 events being held throughout the country, offering a glimpse into how the digital transformation will impact our future.
14th November 2017

Procedure simplifies wind tunnel tests

Procedure simplifies wind tunnel tests
The skier buckles her boots, grabs her poles and snaps her goggles into place. She's ready to go – but she’s not on the piste. She’s in ETH Zurich's engineering lab. And there’s a good reason for this peculiar situation: up-and-coming athletes recently spent a week in the ETH’s wind tunnel testing a measuring method developed by the Institute of Fluid Dynamics. Ski racers, ski cross competitors and racing cyclists all attempted to find the most streamlined equipment and aerodynamic positions in the wind tunnel.
30th October 2017

Biodegradable microsensors aid food monitoring

Biodegradable microsensors aid food monitoring
A new generation of microsensors could provide the vital link between food products and the Internet of Things. ETH researchers have developed an ultra-thin temperature sensor that is both biocompatible and biodegradable. Nowadays microsensors are already used in many different applications, such as the detection of poisonous gases. They are also integrated into miniaturised transmitter/receiver systems, such as the ubiquitous RFID chips.
28th September 2017

Software improves animation for the entertainment industry

Software improves animation for the entertainment industry
  Researchers from ETH Zurich and Disney Research have developed a software that makes it easier to animate characters in the entertainment industry. In the future, the software could also allow inexperienced users to design compelling motion cycles.
17th August 2017

Considering the chronological order of connections within networks

Considering the chronological order of connections within networks
  Ingo Scholtes from the Chair of Systems Design has developed an analytical method that takes account of the chronological order of connections within networks. This not only makes it possible to more accurately identify links between topics on the internet, but also makes it easier to predict the spread of epidemics, for example.
14th August 2017

Finally a specific application for quantum computers

Finally a specific application for quantum computers
  Science and the IT industry have high hopes for quantum computing, but descriptions of possible applications tend to be vague. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now come up with a concrete example that demonstrates what quantum computers will actually be able to achieve in the future.
1st August 2017


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