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  • Thermodynamic Magic Enables Cooling without Energy Consumption

    Physicists at the University of Zurich have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow temporarily from a cold to a warm object without an external power supply. Intriguingly, the process initially appears to contradict the fundamental laws of physics.

  • Precise Decoding of Breast Cancer Cells Creates New Option for Treatment

    Researchers at the University of Zurich and from IBM Research have investigated the varying composition of cancer and immune cells in over one hundred breast tumors. They've found that aggressive tumors are often dominated by a single type of tumor cell. If certain immune cells are present as well, an immune therapy could be successful for a specific group of breast cancer patients.

  • Innovative Medicines Initiative Launches Translational Safety Biomarker Pipeline Project

    The University of Zurich coordinates a worldwide research project that focuses on the development of new biomarkers. The biomarkers are expected to improve safety of new drugs and to contribute to better diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. The project is funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

  • Interplay of Pollinators and Pests Influences Plant Evolution

    Brassica rapa plants pollinated by bumblebees evolve more attractive flowers. But this evolution is compromised if caterpillars attack the plant at the same time. With the bees pollinating them less effectively, the plants increasingly self-pollinate. In a greenhouse evolution experiment, scientists at the University of Zurich have shown just how much the effects of pollinators and pests influence each other.

  • Showy Primates Have Smaller Testicles

    Well-adorned or well-endowed – but not both. Evolutionary biologists at the University of Zurich have for the first time demonstrated that male primates either have large testicles or showy ornaments. Developing both at the same time may simply take too much energy.

  • Melting Glaciers Causing Sea Levels to Rise at Ever Greater Rates

    Melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic as well as ice melt from glaciers all over the world are causing sea levels to rise. Glaciers alone lost more than 9,000 billion tons of ice since 1961, raising water levels by 27 millimeters, an international research team under the lead of UZH have now found.

  • 6.68 Million Euros for Cutting Edge Research at UZH

    Three researchers at the University of Zurich have been awarded coveted ERC Advanced Grants. A physicist, a mathematician and a theologian will each receive up to 2.5 million euros from the European Research Council to continue their crucial research.

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