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April 7, 2022
 
 
 
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We can curb climate change
Anthony Patt has contributed to the new IPCC report on mitigation of climate change. Since the last report in 2014, the odds for phasing out fossil energy have changed; a net-zero world is achievable now, even if the way remains long.

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Empa researcher Fei Pan is working on a membrane made of nanofibers that releases medication only when the material heats up. Such a membrane could, for example, become active in a bandage as soon as an inflammation starts. (Image: Empa)
In the heat of the wound
A bandage that releases medication as soon as an infection starts in a wound could treat injuries more efficiently. Empa researchers are currently working on polymer fibers that soften as soon as the environment heats up due to an infection, thereby releasing antimicrobial drugs.

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Eco-friendly “house” grows on its own
An EPFL scientist has developed an automatic construction method that draws on an unlikely combination of mycology, genomics and architecture. Her method also has the added benefit of being carbon-negative.

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Martin Hofmann Martin Hofman aims to make it a little easier for people to give up cheap, factory-farmed meat. (Photograph: Daniel Winkler / ETH Zurich)
Plant-based steak made from pea protein
ETH Pioneer Fellow Martin Hofmann has developed a method to produce high-quality plant-based meat alternatives. His research on the flow properties of soft materials enables him to imitate the marbling of real steaks.

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With this ice core, PSI researcher Margit Schwikowski also holds in her hands a piece of knowledge about our planet’s past. (Photo: Scanderbeg Sauer Photography)
Rescuing Earth’s icy memory
Glacier ice holds valuable information about our planet’s past. But as the glaciers melt in the course of climate change, this archive is disappearing. An international research team with PSI participation is rushing to preserve this scientific treasure for posterity.

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Spectacular mudslide research site in Valais
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A second life for electric batteries?
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