Image: Magnetic Field Sensor in the hand of a man; Copyright: ETH Zurich/Peter Rüegg

High-precision magnetic field sensing

05/12/2016

Researchers from the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, which is operated jointly by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, have succeeded in measuring tiny changes in strong magnetic fields with unprecedented precision.
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Scientists create novel imaging technique with potential for medical diagnostics

14/10/2016

A new imaging method, called "polarized nuclear imaging" - combining aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging - has potential for new types of high-resolution medical diagnostics as well as industrial and physics research applications.
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Soft robots that mimic human muscles

13/10/2016

Robots are usually expected to be rigid, fast and efficient. But researchers at EPFL's Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) have turned that notion on its head with their soft robots.
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Photo: man with a prosthesis; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Bela Hoche

Are prosthetic interventions for transtibial amputees cost effective?

11/10/2016

Decreased burden on the health care system and a higher quality of life for patients likely offset higher initial costs of amputation and prosthetic intervention.
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Computational method identifies existing drugs with virus-fighting potential

30/09/2016

A new, computer-based screening method could reveal the virus-fighting potential of drugs originally developed to treat other conditions, reports a study in PLOS Computational Biology.
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Image: Young engineer is working at a wheel chair in a lab; Copyright: HERL/Michael Lain

The "MeBot" robotic wheelchair can climb steps on its own

20/09/2016

Pittsburgh-based Human Engineering Research Lab (HERL) has developed the first ever robotic wheelchair - the MeBot - capable of climbing steps and mounting curbs on its own. The innovation came up against other systems at the first Cybathlon, which will take place at ETH Zürich in Kloten, Switzerland on October 8.
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