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Scientists analyzed eleven substances used in the manufacture of tires. © iStock

Unraveling the secrets of microplastics released by tires

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In Switzerland, tire and road wear particles are one of the biggest sources of microplastics released into the environment, yet the chemical compounds contained in those particles – and their effects – remain largely a mystery. To remedy that knowledge gap, scientists at EPFL and two other Swiss research institutes are conducting a study of the toxicity of tire-particle compounds and how readily they’re absorbed by living organisms. The first phase of the study has just been completed.


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Un dessin d'une femme marchant sur des tuiles posées sur une mer de requins © Elyn

Un dessin d’une femme marchant sur des tuiles posées sur une mer de requins © Elyn

Femtech, taboo-breaking innovations

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Femtech is a term used to describe technologies and applications that focus on women’s health. While this new market offers immense growth potential, taboos around sexuality, periods and menopause continue to hamper progress.

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Initial energy-saving measures EPFL is taking to cope with the uncertainty arising from the energy crisis.

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Switzerland takes silver at the MT180 International final

Congratulations to Sophie Rivara, EPFL PhD student, for her second place at the International Final of the “My Thesis in 180 Seconds” (MT180) competition which took place on October 6 in Montreal.

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The Lau’Sens team wins three prizes at the SensUs competition

At the beginning of September, 12 students from the Lau’Sens interdisciplinary project participated in the international SensUs competition, which every year challenges students from all over the world to develop their own innovative biosensing systems.

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