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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

Step by Step to the Perfect and Sustainable Pavement

The one ideal asphalt for all conditions does not exist: Climatic conditions, traffic frequencies and loads place different demands on the pavement. Another challenge: preparing old asphalt so that it can be used for new pavements. Thanks to Empa...
20-Jul-2018 4:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Understanding Steam Burns

Even if the wound looks superficially harmless, steam burns must be cooled persistently. Empa researchers have now been able to show for the first time how hot steam achieves its vicious effect: It penetrates the upper skin layer and can cause...
8-May-2018 8:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Start of Work for the World's Largest Electric Truck

The eDumper dump truck is the largest electric vehicle in the world and will be in operation in the quarry from 20 April. In cooperation with industry partners, the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, the NTB Interstaatliche Hochschule für...
20-Apr-2018 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Fight for Clean Emissions Continues

It is exactly 20 years since experts from Empa and VERT published the first test results on diesel particle filters. Today, more than 100 million vehicles worldwide are fitted with such filters. However, a VERT conference held at the Empa Academy...
12-Apr-2018 6:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Empa Shows "Gas Station of the Future"

What could a "gas station of the future" look like? What services does it offer? Which fuels can be refueled there and where do they come from? Possible answers to these questions can be found at the stand of the of Swiss Oil Industry Association...
22-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Biotech Violins

Do violins made of wood that had been treated with fungi sound the same as a fine, antique instrument? Acoustics experts at Empa are currently studying the body and soul of instruments made of “mycowood”. Precision structure-borne sound...
16-Feb-2018 6:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Aerobrick: A Brick with a World Record

Better thermal insulation means lower heating costs - but this should not be at the expense of exciting architecture. A new type of brick filled with aerogel could make thin and highly insulating walls possible in the future - without any additional...
15-Jan-2018 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites


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