New antimicrobial coatings for bacteria-free surfaces
Preventing the transmission of microbial infections is a global challenge, particularly in settings where bacteria can be easily transmitted through contact with contaminated surfa...
How Do We Perceive Our Own Movements?
Even with our eyes closed, we are able to lift a bottle of water to our mouth. This feat is made possible thanks to a kind of ?sixth sense? called proprioception that enables us to...
Islam and society
Teaching Islam in schools promotes tolerance
The growing religious diversity in Switzerland poses new challenges for schools as well. With this in mind, experts from the Universities of Fribourg and Lucerne have investigated...
Is It Possible to Learn without a Brain?
Certain animals have no need of a brain for learning things. This is the surprising discovery that Prof. Simon Sprecher of the University of Fribourg has laid out in a recently pub...
A Better Model for Understanding Ovarian Cancer
Unfortunately ovarian and peritoneal cancers are often diagnosed at a stage that is already quite advanced. This greatly reduces the chances of survival for patients battling such...
The University of Fribourg Joins the Swiss Biobanking Platform
The collection, storage, management and use of material of human origin used in clinical research is subject to strict regulation and ethical authorisation. The Swiss Biobanking Pl...
Extreme dwarfs and giants more likely to go extinct
Islands are biodiversity hotspots and home to animal species with unique features, including dwarfs that evolved to very small sizes compared to their mainland relatives, and giant...
A robotic worm
Researchers at the Adolphe Merkle Institute and Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA) have developed a soft, worm-like robot that can wriggle itself through tiny spaces,...
Researchers call for better nanowaste management
Waste containing nanomaterials ? or nanowaste ? is an emerging safety concern worldwide, requiring environmentally sound management and regulation that still need to be established...