2011 News Highlights - Life Sciences
— Stem cells, infectious diseases or genetic quirks are some of the subjects explored by students at the School of Life Sciences. Here is a selection of this year’s headlines.
Domestic robots: harmony on the homefront?
— Are robots welcome in our homes? A qualitative study done at EPFL has revealed some interesting possibilities. Only one out of three households thinks automatic vacuum cleaners are worth the investment. The opinions of the others will be used to develop the appliances of the future.
Reflex: Switzerland without Nuclear Energy
— The decision has been made: Switzerland will make do without the atom. EPFL’s magazine presents a special edition that helps better understand the challenges Switzerland will face and describes its options for facing them.
2011 news highlights - ENAC
— Sustainability, clean energies, responsible architecture and engineering—just some of the fields explored by the ENAC researchers. Here’s a selection of the year’s headlines.
420 magical seconds in space…
— A new tool to calculate the orientation of a satellite with respect to the Earth, developed by EPFL students, will be on board a European Space Agency rocket scheduled to launch in March 2012. This will be an opportunity to test the tool in ideal microgravity conditions.
EPFL creates unscratchable gold
— EPFL scientists have created 18-karat gold that’s harder than tempered steel and virtually unscratchable.
2011 news highlights - Engineering
— Images sent from space, diffusing low-tech mines, composite materials for lighter cars, and smaller and more efficient electronics are some of the headlines from the School of Engineering this year at EPFL.