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A Paper Battery with Water Switch

A team of researchers at Empa developed a water-activated disposable paper battery. The researchers suggest that it could be used to power a wide range of low-power, single-use disposable electronics – such as smart labels for tracking objects,...
29-Jul-2022 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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"Lifetime Achievement Award" for Urs Meier

At the end of the 18th "European Bridge Conference" in Edinburgh in June, the former Director of Empa in Dübendorf, Urs Meier, was honored with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for his research and developments in the field of carbon fiber...
20-Jul-2022 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Parkinson's Disease: Copper Leads to Protein Aggregation

Copper exposure in the environment and the protein alpha-synuclein in the human brain could play an important role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease. A team from Empa and the University of Limerick was able to show how the protein takes on...
7-Jul-2022 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Graphene Dust Not Harmful, Study Finds

Graphene-based particles released from polymer composites after abrasion induce negligible health effects. Under the leadership of Empa, an international research team of the Graphene Flagship project conducted a study on the health risks of...
16-Jun-2022 2:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Avatar Against Food Waste

With the help of digital twins, researchers at Empa and Stellenbosch University are aiming to reduce food waste, for example in the case of citrus fruits, along the production and supply chains. The hygrothermal measurement data needed to improve...
3-Jun-2022 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

A Drone for Ultrafast Transitions Between Air and Water

A new robot is capable of switching from an underwater drone to an aerial vehicle in less than one second. The robot also features a suction disc inspired by the remora fish, which enables it to hitchhike on wet or dry moving objects to...
19-May-2022 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

A Component for Brain-Inspired Computing

Researchers from ETH Zurich, Empa and the University of Zurich have developed a new material for an electronic component that can be used in a wider range of applications than its predecessors. Such components will help create electronic circuits...
18-May-2022 3:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Black Holes as Noise Traps

Anyone who lives in an old building with wooden floors knows the problem: Even if the neighbors from above glide across the floor with graceful elegance, it sounds as if you were living under a bowling alley. Impact sound is a challenge even for the...
12-May-2022 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Wood-based catalyst to keep fruit fresh

If different types of vegetables and fruits are stored together, they influence each other in the ripening process. This is due to ethylene, which is emitted by some plant-based foodstuff and accelerates ripening. To prevent excessive food waste...
11-Mar-2020 8:55 AM EDT

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