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  • Legend of Prince Vessantara Told on 50 Meters of Cloth

    For more than 2,000 years, it has been the source of Asian literature and art: the story of Prince Vessantara, who renounced everything to become the Buddha. Cotton scroll paintings containing this story, up to 50 meters in length, are now available for viewing at the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich. Starting on 20 June 2017, a new exhibition will show how village festivals in Northeast Thailand use such painted scrolls.

  • Lessons from whale population collapse could help future species at risk

    A study of historic whaling records has revealed there were warning signs that populations of commercially harvested whales were heading for global collapse up to 40 years before the event.

  • New "WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Health"

    The University of Zurich is launching a new "WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity and Health": The Physical Activity and Health Unit and other groups of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute will support the Physical Activity Strategy for the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region.

  • The Largest Virtual Universe Ever Simulated

    Researchers from the University of Zurich have simulated the formation of our entire Universe with a large supercomputer. A gigantic catalogue of about 25 billion virtual galaxies has been generated from 2 trillion digital particles. This catalogue is being used to calibrate the experiments on board the Euclid satellite, that will be launched in 2020 with the objective of investigating the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

  • Dogs Help in Breast Carcinoma Research

    Cancer of the mammary glands in dogs is very similar to human breast carcinoma. For this reason, treatment methods from human medicine are often used for dogs. Conversely, scientific knowledge gained from canine mammary tumors may also be important to human medicine. Researchers from the University of Zurich were able to show how similar these tumors are in both dogs and humans.

  • Horses masticate similarly to ruminants

    In contrast to ruminants, horses chew their food only once – but with the same regu-lar, rhythmic movements as cows, who ruminate their food after eating, as demon-strated by researchers at the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich. They assume that ruminants chew their food less intensively during initial eating to protect their teeth.

  • Better Treatment for Kidney Cancer Thanks to New Mouse Model

    Research in the field of kidney cancer, also called renal cancer, is vital, because many patients with this disease still cannot be cured today. Researchers from the University of Zurich have now identified some of the gene mutations that contribute to the development of carcinomas in the kidneys. They also developed a mouse model that will contribute to progress in the research and treatment of this type of cancer.

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