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March 24, 2022
 
 
 
The Swiss Parliament has opened the door to regulate new genetic engineering processes separately. (Image: Pixabay)
Gene Technology Act: exception for new technologies
The Federal Council is to submit a proposal to Parliament by mid-2024 on how new breeding technologies can be authorised on the basis of their risk. The National Council and the Council of States took this decision in the spring parliamentary session as part of the so-called "elimination of differences" process.

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Genomics can help restore coral reefs
Two EPFL scientists are putting their expertise in coral reefs to work in Mauritius and Seychelles. The pair has joined a United Nations program that aims to restore reefs affected by human and environmental pressure using a method known as seascape genomics.

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ETH researchers developped a solution that automatically recognises, categorises and filters cookies. (Image: Adobe Stock)
Automatically filter and block cookies
Cookie consent banners only appear to give users control over their data. So researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a browser extension that uses machine learning to recognise and block unnecessary cookies.

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Until recently, Michael Ambühl held the Chair of Negotiation and Conflict Management at ETH Zurich. (Photograph: ETH Zurich / Daniel Winkler)
“The West should quickly tighten the sanctions”
In an interview with ETH News, ETH Professor Emeritus and former State secretary Michael Ambühl outlines possible cornerstones of a diplomatic solution for the war in Ukraine.

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Generally speaking, overall there is sufficient water available in Switzerland. Nevertheless, water shortages can occur during longer dry periods and especially in smaller catchment areas. (Photo: Pavel Klimenko, iStock)
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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Artificial noise: In Empa‘s «AuraLab,« a test subject assesses her perception of rail travel noise. Image: Empa
Speed limit 30 – less noise?
Kurt Heutschi, a senior scientist in Empa's Acoustics / Noise Control lab, explains what noise does and why we perceive sound so differently.

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