A University of Fribourg study challenges a rule of evolution
According to Cope's rule, today's species are on average larger than their distant ancestors. A broad study by a researcher at the University of Fribourg has just shown that that i...
Machine learning to accelerate discovery of antimalarial properties in plants
A new study finds that machine learning could speed up the discovery of plants with potential antimalarial properties. Researchers, supported by ML models developed by SIB's (Swiss...
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...
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...
Can Netflix keep you awake at night?
Binge-watching suspenseful TV series with cliffhangers before sleep has only minor effects on sleep. This has been shown by researchers from the University of Fribourg. The study s...
Bioinspired Nanosensors for Cancer Detection
For several cancers, detection at an early stage translates into more effective treatments and a better survival rate. Scientists at the University of Fribourg have developed bioin...