For the first time, model calculations show a plausible way that fluctuations in solar activity could have a tangible impact on the climate. Studies funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation expect human-induced global warming to tail off slightly over the next few decades. A weaker sun could reduce temperatures by half a degree.
Sun's impact on climate change quantified for first time: 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
The SNSF is launching the National Research Programme "Smarter Health Care". 29 research teams will be looking for ways of providing better and more cost-efficient health services for people with chronic diseases.
Better health services for the chronically ill: 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 National Latsis Prize 2016 has been awarded to Alexander Keese for his research into ethnicity, forced labour and political transitions in west and central Africa.
A comparative and social history of decolonisation in Africa: Continue
For the first time, a study has developed scenarios for restructuring transitioning Switzerland's scientific publication system towards Open Access (OA).
Transitioning the publication system towards Open Access: Study proposes pragmatic scenario: Continue
The SNSF is launching the National Research Programme "Antimicrobial Resistance", which aims to develop new solutions to ensure that antibiotics remain effective.
Antibiotic resistance: Swiss physicians, vets, biologists and environmental researchers are working together to find solutions: Continue