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April 21, 2022
 
 
 
 Science offers many opportunities for failure. (Image: Pixabay)
The benefits of mistakes in science
Failing to perform an experiment, considering the wrong hypothesis, having a paper rejected: failure is not only normal in science, it is also essential for cutting-edge research. What is the experience of researchers in the ETH Domain with this sensitive topic?

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 Jakob Bund, Project Manager Cyberdefense at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich: "We have a global virtual space in which there are numerous lines of conflict." (Photograph: Colourbox)
Virtual world, real threats
Digitalisation offers a wealth of new opportunities – and criminals and hostile states are only too happy to exploit them. Protecting against such attacks requires a broad range of measures.

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 "INSAIT is the first institute of its kind in Eastern Europe." Martin Vechev, ETH professor and architect of INSAIT. (Photo: INSAIT)
New partnership with Bulgaria on artificial intelligence
The Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Technology (INSAIT) has been launched in Sofia. INSAIT is a new Bulgarian Institute established in partnership with ETH Zurich and EPFL.

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 The Chlorination of tap water is an accepted means of reducing infections worldwide (Photo: Michael Vogel, Eawag)
Chlorine in drinking water influences children’s intestinal flora
Chlorination of drinking water reduces infections – and it changes the composition of the intestinal flora of young children, as a study published recently in “Nature Microbiology” shows. The results indicate that the diversity of the intestinal flora isn’t reduced and bacteria associated with gut health are increased.

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 The prototype of the water purificator held by the Master project student Jerome Gabathuler. Credit: L. Forro.
Solar nanowire-nanotube filter offers easy access to clean water
Scientists at EPFL have developed a highly efficient water purification filter that uses only solar power. The prototype can supply clean drinking water even at remote places to small populations and can be easily scaled-up.

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 How do CNG vehicles perform compared to fuel-cell vehicles and battery electric vehicles? Image: Empa
On the way to climate-neutral road traffic
If 60% of the conventional gasoline- and diesel-powered passenger cars in Switzerland were to be converted to "electricity-based" vehicles by 2050, the greenhouse gas emissions of the fleet could be reduced by two to 4.5 million tons annually, which is substantial when compared to the current level of around six million tons. However, the framework conditions are crucial.

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 Robert-Jan Smits, Katharina Gapp and Andreas Wallraff. (Picture: ETH Zurich)
Stick to Science – The exclusion of Switzerland from European Research
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