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Get rid of sweat at the push of a button

The Swiss sportswear manufacturer KJUS presented the world's first ski jacket with an integrated electronic user-controlled membrane on November 15. Thanks to the HYDRO_BOT technology developed together with Empa, the ski jacket actively pumps out...
19-Nov-2018 4:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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A Burst of ”Synchronous” Light

Excited photo-emitters can cooperate and radiate simultaneously, a phenomenon called superfluorescence. Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich, together with colleagues from IBM Research Zurich, have recently been able to create this effect with...
8-Nov-2018 5:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Great honor for research on vehicle emissions

This year's Swiss Aerosol Award goes to Maria Muñoz. The Empa researcher investigated the emission behavior of so-called GDI engines (gasoline-direct injection). Her results are alarming: GDI vehicles emit up to 17 times more carcinogenic...
8-Nov-2018 5:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Next Generation of Watch Springs

What happens when something keeps getting smaller and smaller? This is the type of question Empa researcher Johann Michler and his team are investigating. As a by-product of their research completely novel watch springs could soon be used in Swiss...
30-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Memory-Steel - a New Material for the Strengthening of Buildings

A new building material developed at Empa is about to be launched on the market: "memory-steel" can not only be used to reinforce new, but also existing concrete structures. When the material is heated (one-time), prestressing occurs automatically....
23-Oct-2018 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Medication you can wear

Drug-releasing textiles could, for instance, be used to treat skin wounds. Empa researchers are currently developing polymer fibers that can be equipped with drugs. The smart fibers recognize the need for therapy all by themselves and dose the...
11-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Why does concrete swell and crack?

When bridges, dam walls and concrete foundations form cracks, AAR is often the culprit: the alkali-aggregate reaction. It causes the concrete to swell and renders renova-tions or even reconstructions necessary. A project funded by the Swiss National...
4-Oct-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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A Facade That Is a Power Plant and a Guarantee of Wellbeing

Anyone who spends most of their day indoors knows the importance of a comfortable atmosphere to work and live in. Researchers from EPFL's Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory are searching for ways to maximize the energy gain from a...
24-Sep-2018 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


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