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Climate: Iodic acid influences cloud formation at the North Pole
An international team of scientists from EPFL, the Paul Scherrer Institute and Stockholm University has identified a novel driver of new aerosol particle formation in the Arctic during the summer to fall transition. The authors show that iodic acid is important for forming new particles which subsequently influence the formation of clouds and their radiative effect over the Arctic pack ice.
Viruses could become harder to kill
A recent EPFL study shows that pathogenic viruses may be able to develop resistance to warm temperatures and some types of disinfectant. That – combined with global warming and more frequent and longer heat waves – could make it even harder to keep them from spreading.
A scientist with her head in the clouds
Mária Lbadaoui-Darvas, a scientist at EPFL’s Laboratory of Atmospheric Processes and their Impacts, has been awarded a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research involves developing a new method for observing and modeling cloud droplet formation – a study that could increase the accuracy of climate predictions.