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The new podcast from ETH Zurich is here! The topics are as varied as the formats: In exciting background reports and expert talks we want to include everything that is thrilling, controversial, and fun about science and technology. ETH Zurich – Where the future begins! Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge. At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for i ...
 
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More information on Fanny Yang:https://inf.ethz.ch/news-and-events/spotlights/2020/01/welcome-prof-fanny-yang.html More information on Julia Vogt:https://inf.ethz.ch/news-and-events/spotlights/2019/06/welcome-prof-julia-vogt.html ETH Podcasts are roduced by This Wachter's Audio Story Lab and Jennifer Khakshouri. Music, Sound Design and Mastering by…
 
What’s light as plastic, strong as steel and less expensive per pound than the chassis of an Italian sportscar? Carbon fiber reinforced polymers, duh! Join the Overground as they extend their tour of the mind-bending world of materials science to the juncture of additive manufacturing, uncompromising structural rigidity and sustainable sourcing. It…
 
Join us as we explore further innovation involving sheets of carbon – rolled up into a delicious churro of nearly infinite reinforcing strength: carbon nanotubes. It’s awesome rebar, it’s the business end of a molecular analyzer, its formed from advanced chemical deposition, and scientists are cranking it out – by the centimeter. Featured Technolog…
 
We begin season three(!) as materials science makes astonishing leaps forward. Join the Overground as we shelter in place with a limited series on materials science innovation. First stop, friend of the show, Graphene! The crew discusses how graphene will be the optical interstate onramp to the rail network of our information science infrastructure…
 
What if the lasting legacy of COVID-19 is...not all bad? Leavening the horror of pandemic disease is the shockingly fast development of a vaccine. Right now, two COVID-19 vaccine candidates are roaring into full-on human testing, and may be ready to inoculate the world by 2021. Featured Technologies: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/commen…
 
This week the OG crew discusses all that is unknown about COVID-19, and what that means. Still up the in air: basically all the complex biology, infectious rate, latency, immunity, co-morbidity and potential vaccine efficacy. But take heart, listeners because there are a few things science is confident about. Featured Technologies: https://www.scie…
 
This week the Overground looks at solar power and rotating multi-chamber rockets. Join the crew as they contemplate how solar power is like a well-diversified retirement account, how to pronounce Elon Musk’s youngest child’s name and why is Joe so gosh darn insincere. Featured Technologies: https://www.sciencealert.com/solar-cell-technology-has-top…
 
The Overground takes another week off from monitoring viral pandemics to get more personal – the mysteries of the human brain Join the crew as we luxuriate in the infinite mystery of the human mind: brain implants that cure blindness, the electromagnetic basis of the ego and the scientific feasibility of telepathy. Overground platinum members get d…
 
Join the Overground as we kick back and let the COIVD-19 Pandemic do its own thing a few weeks. That’s right, the crew is taking a Zoom to the poolside with a relaxing, frosty glass of...quantum physics. C’mon and join us—its Schroedinger’s cat somewhere! Possibly Australia and Austria -- at the same time! Featured Technologies: Nuclear Resonance: …
 
Lynn Kaack and David Dao on how to stop the global warming Can AI tackle climate change? Climate change hasn’t been hitting the headlines quite as much in recent months – but that’s not because the situation has improved. ETH Zurich researchers Lynn Kaack and David Dao spoke to the ETH Podcast back in March about how we can use AI to help in the fi…
 
Listen in as the gang channels the four Shrinking Walls OF THE PRISON THAT IS A MAN’s MIND into a calm rational discussion of just how dang hard it is to make vaccines. Tyler lightens the mood with a glimpse into the near future, where autonomous networks of CRISPR armed robots read the next emerging pandemic viruses inside our cells and synthesize…
 
Summary: Join the Overground as they continue to explore university innovations for COVID 19. Fresh from the AUTM marketplace, the crew discusses next-generation artificial intelligence applications to design new drugs; new approaches to diagnosing viral diseases; and a few of the implications of the first post-CRISPR pandemic. Also, how hard is it…
 
Interview with Detlef Günther, Vice President for Research at ETH Zurich The coronavirus pandemic forced ETH Zurich to suspend almost all its experimental research in mid-March. This was a major challenge, especially for Detlef Günther, ETH’s Vice President for Research. "But now I see a little more light at the end of the tunnel," he says in the p…
 
Social distancing will not disrupt innovation! Join the Overground from home as they do their part to catalog how university innovation is addressing this historic pandemic. The crew discusses the multifaceted innovative response to COVID-19 coming from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, including a new approach to sterilize equipment using…
 
The only podcast brave enough to say with a straight face, “the gag of the electronic sphincter,” looks at how our government is using our veterans to make human-machine hybrids to help address the infirmities of the human condition. The Overground looks VA’ approaches that address urinary incomitance, neurodegenertive swallowing disorders and anyo…
 
Contact tracing and respecting privacy Various contact-tracing apps are currently being developed worldwide to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Apps are seen as a necessary tool in the battle to contain coronavirus infections, but they also raise many ethical questions – not least of which is how to implement digital contact tracing in accordance wit…
 
It’s back: arbitrary rules, unfair standards, solemn honor, a giant fake sack of money – it's another pitch off! Join the Overground as they present two easy-button startups made from VA innovation... to our special guest judge, Emily Chen Newton of KIOS's Made in the Middle. Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/portable-p…
 
Shifting from economic forecasting to scenario planning The current situation presents an enormous challenge for economists like Jan-Egbert Sturm. The director of the KOF Swiss Economic Institute and his counterparts around the world are shifting from economic forecasting to scenario planning in a time of unprecedented change. “We are confronted wi…
 
Join the Overground as theyexplore the amazing work of the VA in functional MRI and CT segmentation. Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/advanced-segmentation-techniques-and-computed-tomography-to-assess-and-address-brain-atrophy/; https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-software/ Hos…
 
How a megacity became a giant research lab Singapore is situated in Southeast Asia and has a strong connection to China. Nevertheless, the coronavirus epidemic in Singapore has been much weaker than in Europe so far. Gerhard Schmitt, Professor of Information Architecture and Director of the Singapore–ETH Centre, tells the ETH Podcast how the strong…
 
The parade of VA innovation continues as the Overground tours innovations related to skincare. Learn how new technology from the VA addresses the horrific (and shockingly widespread) incidence of pressure ulcers. And another innovation find an interesting way to look at those hard-to-see places. Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/tec…
 
“Our schedule got way busier than before” Andreas Wallraff is currently running the Quantum Device Lab from home. The Professor of Solid State Physics has a lot to organise and coordinate, now that his group is not allowed to enter the university buildings. “We’re working on results that we acquired earlier and writing up some papers. And we are pl…
 
The next installment of the Overground’s tour of VA innovation visits new innovations in vision, beginning with diabetic retinopathy. The crew also looks at a new way to decrease the effects of eye surgery scarring. Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcenter.org/technologies/goggles-for-diagnosing-retinal-disease/; https://techlinkcenter.org/tec…
 
Joel Mesot, President of ETH Zurich In response to these exceptional times, the monthly ETH Podcast will appear as a series of short items dealing with various aspects of the novel form of coronavirus and all its ramifications. We’ll be starting with ETH President Joël Mesot. President Mesot is working from home – like nearly all ETH members at the…
 
The Department of Veteran Affairs, in addition to taking excellent care of the nation’s veterans, is on the forefront of healthcare innovation. Join the Overground as they ponder new drug targets to treat obesity, new mechanisms to regulate diabetes and the inner four-yea-old living inside every scientist. Featured Technologies: https://techlinkcen…
 
Discount neighborhood ophthalmology got you down? Losing faith in off-label, anti-fungal medication to degenerative vision disorders? Midwestern eye innovation to the rescue! Join the Overground as they discuss next generation cell-based therapies, different flavors of stem cells and retinal sod. Also: cybernetic eyes. Featured Technologies: https:…
 
How is lifesaving surgery like a trip to Lowes? The Overground looks to new innovations in orthopedic surgery and discusses how bioabsorbable bone fixation will change lives; how in the future implants will be made from medicine and the innovation best described as: “rammer jammer yellow hammer.” Featured Technologies: https://www.cartilagen.com/ B…
 
The Overground crew turns it over to Tyler...and things get nerdy! Learn the four layers of structural organization of the Sid Vicious of biomolecules, the Mick Jagger of cell biology, the Bono of structure-function biology: Proteins! Featured Technologies: Peptide-based methods to treat neurological injury https://content.cu.edu/amctech/show_tech.…
 
The gang discusses new appraoches to potentially lethal allergic reactions and overactive immune systems. Featured Technologies: Cutting and pasting is hard. Please send detailed how-to instructions and step-by-step video tutorials to Joe and Tyler at hrrunge@unmc.edu and tyler.scherr@unmc.edu. Hosts: Charlie Litton (@charlielitton); Tyler Scherr (…
 
The Overground is back! The gang returns from a two-week break to discuss the scientific chops—and the ultimate medical value—of ancient herbal remedies as key components in new, modern medicines. Featured Technologies: https://ctc.ku.edu/available-technology/359; https://www.famu.edu/DOR_division_of_research/Soliman%20and%20Mazzio%20-%207357950%20…
 
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