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June 2, 2022
 
 
 
© 2022 SKAO. A composite image of the future SKA telescopes, an artist's impression.
Radio astronomy to foster Swiss research and industry
By becoming a member of the SKA Observatory (SKAO), the largest and most ambitious radio astronomy collaboration in the world, Switzerland intends to foster Swiss research and industry while contributing to an international initiative that promises to revolutionise our understanding of the Universe.

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The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council wants to instruct the Federal Council to conduct negotiations with the EU for Switzerland's immediate association with Horizon Europe and Erasmus+. (© Shutterstock)
Horizon Europe: Foreign Affairs Commission calls for negotiations
From the perspective of those involved in education, research and innovation (ERI), Horizon Europe is at the centre of the summer session. Two committees of the Federal Parliament are calling on the Federal Council to act on this issue.

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Reto Knutti: "The need for classifying it in an understandable way, for synthesis and for context is great." (©ETH Zurich)
Good science journalism has a cost
Translating research results for society requires resources. Either we pay someone to make it work – or we pay as a society if it turns out not to work.

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Earthworms play a central role in the ecosystem. However, the longer the dry spell, the fewer earthworms there are in the soil. (Photo: Marco Walser, WSL)
Drought impedes carbon sequestration
If dry spells become more frequent due to climate change, litter-degrading organisms found in forest soil, like earthworms, will suffer, impacting carbon sequestration: this is the finding of a study conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).

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Avatar against food waste
Around one third of all food worldwide ends up in the trash bin instead of on our plate. With the help of digital twins, researchers at Empa and Stellenbosch University are now aiming to reduce food waste, for example in the case of citrus fruits, along the production and supply chains.

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Kenza Benabderrazik and Robert Finger. (Image: ETH Zurich)
A talk about how far food travels before reaching our plates
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