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Empa researchers calculate load with micro-rubber

Rubber in the environment

Nov 14, 2019 | The tread on the tyre is worn out, new tyres are needed. Everyday life for many drivers. But where do these lost centimetres of tyre tread "disappear" to? As micro-rubbers, they mainly end up in soil and water and, to a small extent, in the air. And ...
The bronze hand of Prêles/Bern

Finest handicraft

Nov 13, 2019 | In autumn 2017, the archaeological service of the Canton of Berne was amazed when two private individuals delivered a crusted lump of metal. The bronze hand of Prêles, decorated with a ribbon of gold, turned out to be the oldest bronze sculpture of a...
Destabilization renders wood more stable

The Wood Paradox

Nov 11, 2019 | It can be deformed as required and is three times stronger than natural wood: the wood material developed by Marion Frey, Tobias Keplinger and Ingo Burgert at Empa and ETH Zurich has the potential to become a high-tech material. In the process, the r...

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