Newsletter May 2021
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20.05.21
 
 
 
(Image : Kellenberger Kaminsiki Photographie)
Science and politics: an exciting relationship
The summer session of the National Council and Council of States begins on 31 May. Interesting for the ETH Domain are the popular initiative "Yes to the ban on animal and human experimentation", debates on the relationship between science and politics, and a motion calling for campaigns against harassment at the two Federal Institutes of Technology.

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 The RNA (yellow) of the SARS-​CoV-2 virus forms a pseudoknot structure (multicolored, bottom right) which leads to a shift in the reading frame of the ribosome (brown). In this way, the viral RNA controls the production levels of the viral proteins. (Graphic: Said Sannuga, Cellscape.co.uk / ETH Zürich, The Ban Lab)
The Achilles heel of the Coronavirus
SARS-CoV-2 is critically dependent on a special mechanism for the production of its proteins. A collaborative research team led by ETH Zurich obtained molecular insights into this process and demonstrated that it can be inhibited by chemical compounds, thereby significantly reducing viral replication in infected cells.

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 Luc Patthey, 56, is head of the Laboratory for Advanced Photonics at PSI, where he has worked since 1998. In addition, he is coordinating construction of the beamline Athos. (Photo: Paul Scherrer Institute/Mahir Dzambegovic)
No rose-coloured glasses here
"Trust in Science" is the motto of the International Day of Light. For Luc Patthey, head of the Laboratory for Advanced Photonics, transparency and usefulness to society are also important goals of research at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI.

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The new facades at the central campus square – the laboratory building on the left, the multifunctional building in the back – reflect the dynamics of the existing NEST building (on the right). Illustration: SAM Architects / Filippo Bolognese Images
Go-ahead for an innovative research campus
On 5 May, the expansion of the Empa and Eawag research campus in Dübendorf began with a ground-breaking ceremony for a new laboratory building. Developments and innovations from the Empa laboratories will also be applied on the new campus, especially in the energy and building sectors.

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 Many glaciers in the region exhibit steep headwalls and surface debris, which is why conventional glacier models do not apply well to them. “24K Glacier” in the Kangri Karpo Mountains in the south-eastern Tibetan Plateau, October 2019. (photo: Marin Kneib)
The fate of many Asian glaciers is sealed
Some 250 million people depend on water from the glaciers of High Mountain Asia, which include the Himalayas, the Karakoram and the central Asian ranges. A study led by WSL shows that this largest non-polar ice mass on Earth is in dire condition.

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Enrica Soria, a PhD student at EPFL © Alain Herzog / 2021 EPFL
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