Newsletter July 2024
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ETH Domain News
July 4, 2024
Usually not accessible: Hans-Heinrich Braun (pictured) in the ring at the Swiss Light Source, where disassembly is in full swing. (Photo: Kellenberger Photographie)
The light inside the tunnel
The Swiss Light Source at the PSI is currently undergoing an upgrade to ensure that it remains a centre of excellent research in the future. The project manager gave us a tour of the construction site.

Eawag researcher Sheena Conforti determining the bacteria in the analysed wastewater samples. (Photo: Eawag, Melissa Pitton)
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in wastewater
Researchers at Eawag have analysed wastewater for antibiotic-resistant coliform bacteria. Monitoring wastewater can help to observe trends and regional differences, independent of the actual cases of illness.

SLF Director Jürg Schweizer (right) and the new CEO of RAMMS AG Marc Christen sign the contracts for the new spin-off. (Photo: Jochen Bettzieche / SLF)
First spin-off at the SLF
The RAMMS software for modeling avalanches, debris flows and rockfalls is being incorporated into a specially founded AG.

(Illustration: Bratislav Milenković)
From solar fuel and anti-fog glasses to manufacturing innovation
The numerous spin-offs and patents generated at ETH Zurich are the driving force behind innovation in the Switzerland's economy. We present five of them.

Our soil consists of several layers. It is porous and loose near the surface, but compact like concrete at depth. Pictured: soil from the boreholes for the necessary groundwater pumps. Image: Eawag, Joaquin Jimenez-Martinez
Oasis of wellbeing or source of stress?
In a recently launched project, the aquatic research institute Eawag is investigating, together with Empa on the joint campus in Dübendorf, how the use of borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) affects the surrounding soil, the groundwater and the microorganisms living in it.

EPFL researcher Shannon David in the Laboratory of Experimental Virology (LEV) at EPFL.© 2024 EPFL/Alain Herzog - CC-BY-SA 4.0
Scientists reveal why some people with the flu may be more contagious
EPFL scientists have discovered that in indoor spaces, droplets containing the flu virus will remain infectious for longer when they also contain certain types of bacteria found in our respiratory tract. This finding provides important insight into how respiratory infections are transmitted and can enhance estimates of exposure risk.

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The Sciena newsletter on news from the ETH Domain is taking a summer break and will resume on 15 August 2024. The website will be updated regularly.

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