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February 24, 2022
 
 
 
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Artificial intelligence and big data can help preserve wildlife
A team of experts in artificial intelligence and animal ecology have put forth a new, cross-disciplinary approach intended to enhance research on wildlife species and make more effective use of the vast amount of data now being collected thanks to new technologies. Their study recently appeared in Nature Communications.

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Thomas J. Schmidt (left), renewables expert, in discussion with Andreas Pautz, nuclear energy specialist. (Photo: Paul Scherrer Institute/Mahir Dzambegovic)
“More objectivity would be helpful”
The current energy debate could do with more facts and less gut feeling – argue Thomas J. Schmidt, renewables expert, and Andreas Pautz, nuclear energy specialist. In this joint interview, they set out the challenges that science needs to address in connection with the Swiss government’s Energy Strategy 2050.

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The food waste generated in Switzerland has about the same impact on the climate as half the private motorized traffic on Swiss roads. (Image: Adobe Stock)
Swiss population in favour of strict food waste rules
ETH researchers have shown that the Swiss population is willing to pay more to reduce food waste. It is in favour of government regulations that set strict reduction targets and ensure transparent monitoring of implementation.

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Climate change is causing aquatic insects to emerge earlier in the year. While this high quality food source might benefit early breeders, like the Eastern Bluebird, breeding earlier for insect-eating birds comes with an increased risk of experiencing potentially devastating cold spells while rearing their babies. (Photo: Steve Byland, istock)
Climate change affects the diet of birds
The buffet of healthy insects starts earlier, is no longer as varied, and is only half as plentiful as it once was. This is the situation faced by insectivorous birds at Northern Temperate latitudes, such as Switzerland, during the breeding season. Ryan Shipley from the Eawag water research institute has been investigating how climate change affects the timing and quality of food supply for breeding birds.

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What Lukas Roder, David Shapira and Kordian Caplazi like about their daily work is that they can help shape the future of augmented reality with their ideas.. (Image: Annick Ramp / ETH Zurich)
ETH graduates reinvent the user manual
No sooner had David Shapira and Kordian Caplazi finished their studies than they set about creating a start-up. Rimon develops virtual user manuals for industrial companies, enabling users to quickly and intuitively learn how to operate complex machines with the aid of AR glasses.

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Studying clouds can provide deeper insight into climate change
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