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Award for moth-eye solar cells18 November 2014
Empa researchers among top 100 thinkers

The US journal Foreign Policy has named Empa researchers Artur Braun, Florent Boudoire, Rita Toth and Jakob Heier, and Edwin Constable from the University of Basel in the innovation category on the list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2014 in recognition of their research project on moth-eye solar cells for the direct conversion of sunlight into hydrogen. The awards ceremony took place in Washington D.C. on November 17, 2014, in the presence of US Secretary of State, John Kerry.
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Swiss scientific community against isolationism13 November 2014
Ecopop initiative would be detrimental to Swiss research

Swiss scientists are taking a stand: The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have issued a warning about the Ecopop initiative and its impact on Switzerland as a centre for research. Adoption of the initiative would mean "the end of research at the current level." In addition, a committee of renowned scientists was recently formed - the "Research in a cosmopolitan Switzerland" campaign. This committee is led by Zurich neuroscientist Adriano Aguzzi and is campaigning against the increasing political trend towards isolationism. Its patrons include, among others, the Presidents of ETH Zurich and EPFL, Lino Guzzella (January 2015) and Patrick Aebischer, as well as Empa Director Gian-Luca Bona and the four Nobel laureates Richard Ernst, Kurt Wüthrich, Rolf Zinkernagel and Georg Bednorz.
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Consequences of climate change6 November 2014
When thawing glaciers release pollutants

As glaciers increasingly melt in the wake of climate change, it is not only the landscape that is affected. Thawing glaciers also release many industrial pollutants stored in the ice into the environment. Now, within the scope of a Swiss National Science Foundation project, researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa, ETH Zurich and the University of Berne have measured the concentrations of a class of these pollutants – polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) – in the ice of an Alpine glacier accurately for the first time.
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Nanosafety research – there’s room for improvement29 October 2014
The quest for the gold standard

Empa toxicologist Harald Krug has lambasted his colleagues in the journal Angewandte Chemie. He evaluated several thousand studies on the risks associated with nanoparticles and discovered no end of shortcomings: poorly prepared experiments and results that don’t carry any clout. Instead of merely leveling criticism, however, Empa is also developing new standards for such experiments within an international network.

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