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The lightest shielding material in the world

Empa researchers have succeeded in applying aerogels to microelectronics: Aerogels based on cellulose nanofibers can effectively shield electromagnetic radiation over a wide frequency range – and they are unrivalled in terms of weight.
2-Jul-2020 7:10 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Wearable Health

There is more than cool looks about hip clothing for top performance: Thanks to a variety of smart technologies, high-tech clothing today is capable of analyzing body functions or actively optimizing the microclimate. The basis of these novel...
29-Jun-2020 11:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

X-ray vision and eavesdropping ensure quality

With an X-ray experiment at the European Synchrotron ESRF in Grenoble (France), Empa researchers were able to demonstrate how well their real-time acoustic monitoring of laser weld seams works. With almost 90 percent reliability, they detected the...
25-Jun-2020 8:15 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path

During more than 90 approaches to Zurich Airport conducted under the leadership of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, researchers from Empa and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tested an assistance system that supports pilots via a display during quiet...
22-Jun-2020 7:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Risk analyses for nanoparticles Nanosafety research without animal experiments

In order to reduce the number of animal experiments in research, alternative methods are being sought. This is a particular challenge if the safety of substances that have hardly been studied is to be ensured, for instance, the completely new class...
18-Jun-2020 7:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

The smallest motor in the world

A research team from Empa and EPFL has developed a molecular motor which consists of only 16 atoms and rotates reliably in one direction. It could allow energy harvesting at the atomic level. The special feature of the motor is that it moves exactly...
16-Jun-2020 11:20 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Freshly Printed Magnets

During metal processing in the 3D laser printer, temperatures of more than 2,500 degrees Celsius are reached within milliseconds, causing some components of the alloys to evaporate. While widely considered a problem inherent to the process, Empa...
11-Jun-2020 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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A recipe for eco-concrete

Cement production has to drastically reduce its environmental footprint. Empa researchers are, therefore working on alternative cement recipes that cause significantly fewer emissions or can even bind the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
4-Jun-2020 9:35 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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