Zika, dengue fever and malaria are all transmitted by mosquitoes. There are limits, however, to the use of pesticides to try and eradicate them. New research promises greater success. Text: Florian Fisch, Infographics: Atelier CANA
Small insect, big trouble: Continue
The oceans, forests and soils store carbon dioxide and thereby help to slow down global warming. Researchers would like to find out whether we can continue to rely on their help in the future. By Sven Titz
Where the greenhouse gases go: Continue
No one wants to test new drugs on pregnant women or children. But they, too, need treatments that are effective and safe. Swiss researchers are now searching for ways to solve the problem. By Alexandra Bröhm
Dangerous generalisations in medical research: Continue
Nanosatellites weigh just over a kilogram, don't cost more than a family car, and are destined to democratise access to space. Researchers and manufacturers from Switzerland are involved. By Roland Fischer
Low-cost space flight: Continue
Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) studied laboratory mice growing up in a cowshed. This enabled them to investigate how the farm environment modifies the immune system and provides protection against allergies.
How stable manure protects against allergies: Continue
Policy interventions to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions have a variety of effects on the economy and on households. A study carried out as part of the National Research Programme “Managing Energy Consumption” (NRP 71) has provided the first detailed impact assessment of the efficiency and social balance of the energy policy measures “steering” and “promotion”.
Reduction of energy consumption and CO2 emissions: promotion or steering?: Continue
The SNSF is launching the National Research Programme “Big Data”, which aims to develop novel methods of information analysis, to create specific applications and to suggest solutions to the ethical and legal challenges posed by big data.
Informatics, innovation and ethics: 36 research projects explore big data: Continue
In a pioneering project, researchers studied the development of school curricula in Switzerland’s three main language regions. This SNSF-funded project clearly showed that ever since the Swiss school system was created in 1830 the importance and content of every subject in the curriculum, whether language, history, handicraft or physical education, has been in flux.
School curricula are a reflection of society’s expectations: Continue
Researchers supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation have succeeded in using X-rays to minutely observe a photosynthesis reaction and produce a movie of the event. The findings will aid understanding of similar processes in the human eye. Thanks to the new SwissFEL particle accelerator at the Paul Scherrer Institute, we can expect more discoveries of this kind.
From photosynthesis to new compounds for eye diseases: Continue
The textbooks tell us that killer cells have to match their antigens exactly if they're to fulfil their task. Researchers in Bern, however, have also found that loosely attached white blood corpuscles also play a role in the immune system. By Karin Hollricher
Anti-viral rapid reaction force: Continue