Newsletter October 2022 (2/2)
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October 20, 2022
 
 
 
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Femtech, taboo-breaking innovations
Femtech is a term used to describe technologies and applications that focus on women’s health. While this new market offers immense growth potential, taboos around sexuality, periods and menopause continue to hamper progress. Here, we take a close look at the latest developments — at EPFL and beyond.

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ETH Zurich achieved its highest ranking in the area of research, where it moved up three places to 10th position. (Image: ETH Zurich)
Yet another high position in the third global rankings of this year
ETH Zurich is ranked 11th in the recently published Times Higher Education university rankings – an improvement of four places.

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Panoramic view of Lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus and the Swiss Alps from Mount Rigi. (Photo: Shutterstock, Michal Stipek)
Alpine fish biodiversity is amazingly young
A high fraction of the endemic biodiversity of the Alps is very old. The endemics – species found only in a confined area – have developed over the past millions of years during the cycles of glacial and interglacial periods. Fish, however, are an exception: most endemic fish species emerged only after the end of the last ice age about 15,000 years ago.

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Lake facilities sitting on dry land. Lac de Brenets, summer 2022.  (Image: Keystone / Laurent Gillieron)
A dry wake-up call
The 2022 summer was a further illustration of how climate is becoming more extreme year after year. Sticking to business-as-usual and counting on adaptation alone will not work. Only a rapid phase out of fossil fuels will prevent the worst, says Sonia Seneviratne.

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