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  • For 10 years, the UZH Foundation has been successfully raising funds for research, teaching and innovation – including for the Digital Entrepreneur Fellowship.

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  • Learning is itself a skill that must be learned. The best ways to do this and the requirements for success are current topics of research at UZH. The new UZH Magazin examines how our ability to learn changes over the course of our lives, how good teaching works, and what goes on in our brains when we learn. The current issue is published jointly by the University of Zurich and UZH Alumni.

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  • Happy couples clash over the same issues as unhappy ones, and have just as many conflicts – but they argue differently, shows a large-scale long-term psychological study from UZH.

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  • Hereditary diseases often play a role when young people succumb to sudden cardiac death. Genetic analysis may prevent further suffering in the affected families, as a study at the Institute of Forensic Medicine has shown.

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  • Green genetic engineering will help secure our food supply, believes plant biologist Beat Keller. One possible approach involves genetically modifying wheat to make it more resistant to powdery mildew.

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  • Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting many disease-causing pathogens. In Switzerland, biting midges in particular make life difficult for sheep and horses. Entomologist Niels Verhulst researches methods to keep the unwanted insects away.

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  • If we want to avoid destroying our planet, we need to transform our eating habits – and this starts in our kitchens. We have to find a balance of healthy and sustainable food, with less meat and more veg.

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  • Genetically modified crops could contribute to making agriculture more sustainable and productive, says Ueli Grossniklaus. This new green genetic engineering has so far met with skepticism – but the challenges of climate change and the global grain crisis may change people’s views.

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  • Researchers at UZH are exploring sustainable agriculture and the future of food, from transforming our eating habits and growing our own greens to breeding crops with new techniques, distributing seeds more fairly and farming with biodiversity in mind. The latest UZH Magazin explores how we can eat and produce food in a way that benefits both our own health and the health of our planet.

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  • Humans and apes are social creatures. We need each other. We depend on each other. It's what binds us together. But that doesn't mean we always get along.

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  • Words used to describe pain often do not have the same meaning for patients as for medical professionals. That can lead to misdiagnoses, says philosopher Kevin Reuter. He conducts research into our understanding of pain.

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  • Libraries have gone through many changes throughout history, adapting to new social orders, political systems and technological advances. Today, university libraries, including the one at UZH, have become the gatekeepers of data and information from across the globe.

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  • The pandemic illustrated that direct democracy fosters social cohesion and takes the wind out of the sails of opposition movements. Social media, on the other hand, bring turmoil into the system.

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  • Buying a car? Blockchain promises greater transparency and a revolution in business models. All you need is faith in the technology. Liudmila Zavolokina studies how users trust – or mistrust – these new applications.

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  • Our nights are losing their darkness. Artificial light is making them brighter and brighter. Light pollution is affecting people and wildlife – but there are strategies to limit it.

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  • The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that we need to act faster to bring climate risks to an acceptable level, say Christian Huggel and Veruska Muccione. We spoke in depth with the two UZH scientists, who served as main authors of the IPCC’s report on the consequences of climate change.

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  • Celebrated alumni look back at their time at UZH. This time, we meet Denise Schmid, publisher and one of the first co-presidents of UZH Alumni.

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  • Felix Uhlmann is an oft-cited expert in these Covid times. The Basel born and raised legal expert is also a well-connected culture vulture – and enjoys the occasional game of chess when he can find the time.

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