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Best Treatment for Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is painful – and the most frequent cause of spinal surgery. But is the selected treatment always the right one? New research results show that the clinical criteria
5-Sep-2019 3:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Innovative Valve Train Saves 20% Fuel

Up to now, the gas exchange valves of four-stroke engines are controlled through camshaft drives. Despite some complex additional mechanics, the flexibility of such camshaft driven system remains limited. Empa has now developed an innovative,...
19-Aug-2019 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Scars: Gone with the Foam

Poorly healing wounds and severe scarring are more than just a cosmetic problem; they can significantly impair a person's mobility and health. Empa researchers have now developed a foam that is supposed to prevent excessive scarring and help wounds...
15-Aug-2019 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Self Healing Robots That "Feel Pain"

Over the next three years, researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Cambridge, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI-Paris) and Empa will be working together with the Dutch...
8-Aug-2019 8:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Win-win for home and grid

Solar systems on the roofs of residential buildings often produce energy precisely when the residents can’t actually use it. Stationary batteries enable this energy to be utilized in the evening, at night or on a rainy day.
23-Jul-2019 4:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Most Successful Flat Share in the World

Biofilms are enormously resistant accumulations of germs, which can cause serious problems, especially in hospitals. Like a single large creature, they can spread within wounds or colonize implants or biomedical products. With novel materials and...
16-Jul-2019 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

5000 tons of plastic released into the environment every year

Plastic should not be found in the environment. In order to estimate for the first time the exact extent of plastic pollution in Switzerland, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) has mandated Empa researchers to calculate how much plastic...
12-Jul-2019 3:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Cooling with the sun

Can you cool with waste heat? Sure. A Swiss research project involving Empa, which ended in November, demonstrated this in an impressive way. Now a large-scale EU project is starting: industrial cooling – thanks to the Spanish sun.
25-Jun-2019 5:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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As an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain, Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research. Empa’s R&D activities focus on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society, and thus link applications-oriented research to the practical implementation of new ideas. As a result, Empa is capable of providing its partners with customized solutions that enhance their innovative edge and international competitiveness: Empa – The Place where Innovation Starts.


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