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March 10, 2022
 
 
 
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Girl Power: Can we Break the Bias in Al and Beyond?
We all know the story. It gets rolled out every March when women and men around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. Human biases are well documented, from the implicit to the explicit and they have always existed. What is new, however, is that the algorithms and Big Data that increasingly dictate our lives are trained with data calibrated for men.

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Thomas J. Schmidt (left), renewables expert, in discussion with Andreas Pautz, nuclear energy specialist. (Photo: Paul Scherrer Institute/Mahir Dzambegovic)
Las Vegas breakthrough
Ultra-fast capsules in vacuum tubes: All around the world, companies and research institutes are working on "Hyperloop" concepts. Swissloop Tunneling, a student initiative, is developing a drilling machine for underground transport tubes. The first reward for their efforts: a second place in an international competition in Las Vegas.

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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)
Scientists map Arctic aerosols to understand regional warming
In order to better understand climate change in the Arctic and design effective mitigation measures, scientists at EPFL and PSI have studied the aerosols in a region spanning from Russia to Canada.

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Kimberlites are complex rocks that came to the Earth's surface from great depths. The picture shows a thin section of a carbonate-​rich kimberlite. (Photograph: David Swart / Messengers of the Mantle Exhibition)
Traces of life in the Earth's deep mantle
The rapid development of fauna 540 million years ago has permanently changed the Earth – deep into its lower mantle. A team led by ETH researcher Andrea Giuliani found traces of this development in rocks from this zone.

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Valérie Panneels is purifying the red, light-sensitive protein rhodopsin for later examination at the X-ray free-electron laser SwissFEL. (Photo: Scanderbeg Sauer Photography)
The wondrous world of light antennas
In evolution, the development of light-sensitive proteins was a momentous step: it’s only thanks to them that we can see. The large research facilities at PSI are helping scientists unravel the last major secrets concerning these extraordinary cellular components.

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Rachael Garrett in the episode 37 of the ETH podcast. (Bild: ETH Zurich)
Gender equality in Swiss research
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