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  • CrowdWater: An App for Flood Research

    UZH researchers and citizen scientists are collecting data on water levels of rivers and streams, as well as on soil moisture. An app makes it possible to capture hydrological data for any river or location in the world. The aim of the CrowdWater project is to improve water management and forecasts in regions with a sparse or inexistent network of conventional measurement stations.

  • The Reformation and the Bolt from Above

    Zurich reformer Heinrich Bullinger corresponded with people across Europe, and his letters document the history and culture of the Protestant Reformation period in Switzerland. A new exhibition at the University of Zurich with an accompanying book and program of events shows the influence of Zwingli's successor on the interpretation of events of that time.

  • Cellular Valve Structure Opens Up Potential Novel Therapies

    Biochemists at the University of Zurich have determined the detailed structure of a volume-regulated chloride channel. This cellular valve is activated in response to swelling to prevent the cell from bursting. The protein also plays an important role in the uptake of chemotherapeutics and the release of neurotransmitters after a stroke. The controlled regulation of its activity thus opens up a promising strategy for novel therapies.

  • Nouns Slow Down Our Speech

    Speakers hesitate or make brief pauses filled with sounds like “uh” or “uhm” mostly before nouns. Such slow-down effects are far less frequent before verbs, as UZH researchers working together with an international team have now discovered by looking at examples from different languages.

  • Leprosy Possibly Originated in Europe

    Researchers of the University of Zurich, the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute in Jena have discovered that there were multiple strains of leprosy bacteria in medieval Europe rather than only two, as previously assumed. In addition, the researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the oldest leprosy genome so far.

  • Computer-Designed Customized Regenerative Heart Valves

    Cardiovascular tissue engineering aims to treat heart disease with prostheses that grow and regenerate. Now, researchers from the University of Zurich, the Technical University Eindhoven and the Charité Berlin have successfully implanted regenerative heart valves, designed with the aid of computer simulations, into sheep for the first time.

  • Carnivores in Captivity Give Birth at the Same Time of Year as Those in the Wild

    Reproductive seasonality is a fixed characteristic of a species - University of Zurich researchers have now found that carnivores in captivity give birth at the same time of year as their counterparts in the wild. In some species, the gestation period is shortened in order to provide ideal conditions for the offspring, while for others it is extended.

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