Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

A role for neural noise in animal behavior

Researchers from EPFL and UNIL have used flies to show how behaviors may be shaped by seemingly random brain activity. This study raises new questions about the role of neural noise in moment-to-moment decisions.

Nov 25, 2015
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Monitoring critical blood levels in real time in the ICU

No larger than a pack of chewing gum, the prototype developed by EPFL's Integrated Systems Laboratory (LSI) is deceptively simple in appearance. But this little black case with two thin tubes sticking out contains some real ...

Oct 22, 2015
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How the brain triggers action

EPFL scientists have identified specific neurons in the striatum that contribute to driving motivated behaviors like movement. The work may help in designing new ways of treating disorders like Parkinson's disease in the ...

Oct 21, 2015
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Students revolutionize medical sterilization

Between 5% and 10% of patients admitted to modern hospitals in the developed world acquire one or more infections. The risk of health care-associated infection in developing countries is 2 to 20 times higher than in developed ...

Oct 19, 2015
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Looking at the brain with a geologist's "eye"

Using a geologist's imaging tool, researchers have made unprecedented high-resolution images of how carbon atoms from glucose are integrated into brain cells, providing new insight and opening new doors into the fate of glucose ...

Oct 14, 2015
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LEGO kits to help the women of India

Finding a toilet in India can be Mission: Impossible. Overpopulation and the lack of sanitary facilities lead to contamination of the soil and groundwater. Making matters worse, women are frequently assaulted when they have ...

Sep 25, 2015
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