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  • Cover image of How do birds navigate?

    How do birds navigate?

    Bird migration is driven mostly by weather and the availability of food. But how birds migrate from one region to another without getting lost is less well understood. ERC grantees Henrik Mouritsen and Peter Hore are looking into how birds sense the...
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    Seizing the moment for a greener world

    Cities have the potential to be at the forefront of efforts to become climate-neutral, according to the European Commission’s recently launched Cities mission. For environmental psychologist Lorraine Whitmarsh nothing holds more truth. “The local...
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    From the Industrial Revolution to the ‘colour revolution’

    Far from being simply a matter of taste, colour is a central aspect of culture, whether past or present. This is particularly true of the Victorian age (1837-1901), during which a ‘colour revolution’ took place following the invention of the first...
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    Building intelligent cell-inspired microrobots

    Imagine intelligent microrobots capable of finding their own path through body tissues. They could enable many revolutionary medical procedures, including targeted drug delivery, long-term monitoring and non-invasive interventions in organs such as...
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    Revealing the secret life of sharks in a warming ocean

    Although it is widely known that global warming has a direct impact on our ecosystems, there is little information about its effects on oceans’ top predators, such as pelagic sharks and tunas. How does ocean deoxygenation brought about by climate...
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    Maths in the Earth’s crust

    This year the ERC reached a special round-number milestone: its 10,000th grantee. The successful applicant to reach this significant threshold was Inga Berre, an applied mathematician and leading Norwegian researcher in geothermal energy. We...
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    Ethics and AI: tackling biases hidden in big data

    How do artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms learn to predict and make decisions? Can we entrust them with decisions that affect our lives and societies? Are they neutral and as immune to societal imperfections as commonly thought? Nello...
  • Cover image of Conspiracy theories: The link to populist movements

    Conspiracy theories: The link to populist movements

    Both populist movements and conspiracy theories have been on the rise over the past 20 years. Is this a coincidence or is there a link between the two? And how are conspiracy theories used by populists ahead of election campaigns? These are only some...
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    Building the next generation AI systems

    ERC grantee Martin Vechev, originally from Bulgaria, is a computer science professor at ETH Zurich and the leader of its research lab working in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). His ERC-funded project was the first to combine advanced...
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    Discovering the origin of our Sun

    The Sun is a star that formed 4.6 billion years ago in our Milky Way Galaxy. It is the largest and most massive object in our Solar System, whose energy enables life on our planet. What happened at the time of its birth? Was its formation similar to...