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Ursula Keller receives Weizmann Women & Science Award
Ursula Keller, Professor at the Institute for Quantum Electronics, received today one of the two 2017 Weizmann Women & Science Awards "for pioneering and seminal contributions to ultrafast lasers technology and important breakthroughs in attosecond science". Read more
"Science ex machina"
In its June issue, the Horizons magazine of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) takes a look at the automation of research, and reports on several examples where ETH physicists use Artificial Intelligence. Read more
Gender bias in astronomy quantified
Numerous studies and anecdotal accounts support the notion that scientific work performed by women is treated differently from that of their male peers. Seeking to quantify such gender bias, three ETH PhD students have performed a systematic study of more than 200,000 astronomy publications. The result is unequivocal: papers with female lead authors received on average some 10% fewer citations than similar papers with male lead authors. Read more
Quantum-aided frequency measurements
Accurate measurements of the frequencies of weak electric or magnetic fields are important in many applications. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a procedure whereby a quantum sensor measures the frequency of an oscillating magnetic field with unprecedented accuracy. Read more
"Bright future for Quantum Computing"
The latest episode of the Discovery programme on the BBC World Service is dedicated to quantum computation. BBC journalist Roland Pease met some of the experts, including ETH physicist Jonathan Home, and explored the technology behind the "next information revolution". Read more
Persistent and curious
As Professor of Particle Physics, Felicitas Pauss played a key role in the discovery of the Higgs boson. Tomorrow, she will be honoured with the Richard Ernst Medal. Read more
One laser is enough
Gases in the environment can be spectroscopically probed fast and precisely using so-called dual frequency combs. Researchers at ETH have now developed a method by which such frequency combs can be created much more simply and cheaply than before. Read more
Pauli Lectures take a look under the microscope
Using a trick with the optical resolution limit, Stefan W. Hell managed to break through the diffraction barrier in light microscopy, making it possible to obtain high-resolution images of the innermost workings of life. The chemistry Nobel laureate will now deliver this year’s Pauli Lectures at ETH Zurich. Read more
"The Exoplanet and the search for life"
ETH astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski speaks on Swiss Radio SRF about exoplanets and the search for biology outside our solar system. Read more
Towards the world's best ice screw
At the vocational training centre in Dietikon, twelve polymechanics apprentices in their third year — including three from the ETH Department of Physics and one from the Department of Earth Sciences — work on an ambitious project: to construct the world's best ice screw. Read more