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11/04/2018

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Meeting of IEC TC106 WG9 and New Project Team for WPT Compliance Hosted by IT’IS April 10–11

Z43 was the site of the latest meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 106 Working Group (WG) 9, held April 10 – 11 April 2018, convened by Dr. Teruo Onishi and hosted by the IT’IS Foundation, with sponsoring by Schmid & Partner Engineering (SPEAG). The 2-day meeting included the inauguration of the new Project Team (PT) 63184, established after the October 2017 plenary meeting of TC106 in Melbourne, Australia to formulate the basic standard for exposure to wireless power transfer (WPT) systems over the frequency range 1 kHz – 10 MHz.

 
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30/03/2018

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Surprising Outcome of the Peer Review of the Draft Technical Reports of National Toxicology Program’s Radiofrequency Radiation Studies in Rodents

On March 26 – 28, 2018, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) conducted an intense peer review of draft technical reports of the results of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) study of exposure of rodents to radiofrequency radiation. The public review process was attended by members of the public and was broadcast live from the NIEHS campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Scientists responsible for the studies made presentations to a panel of external experts on the methodologies used in the studies and the evaluation of the results and answered questions. 

 
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27/03/2018

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Snow + Sun = Fun: 2018 Z43 Ski Day

A record number of participants enjoyed outstanding snow conditions atop Klosters-Madrisa for Z43 Ski Day 2018 on Thursday, 22 March.

 

 
"Brown Bag Lunch" Seminar Series Special Guest Prof. em. Juan Mosig
02/03/2018

"Brown Bag Lunch" Seminar Series Special Guest Prof. em. Juan Mosig

Prof. em. Juan Mosig of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) visited the IT'IS Foundation on Thursday, March 1. He was a guest speaker in the Brown Bag Lunch Seminar series with a talk on "Graphene-Based Terahertz Antennas and Related Devices."

Graphene – derived from graphite, the type of carbon used in pencil lead – is a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms arranged in hexagonal arrays a single atom thick. Although very thin, the material is incredibly strong and superbly conducting. Prof. Mosig described how graphene's unusual physical properties may allow it to be implemented to bridge the "terahertz gap", a frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum (between the radiofrequency and infrared bands) for which there are currently no practical technological uses. The ability to harness radiation in the terahertz band could potentially be useful in applications ranging from communications to imaging to security to next-generation batteries.

Prof. Mosig's group is a partner in the Graphene Flagship research initiative, one of the European Commission's Future and Emerging Technology (FET) Flagships that support multidisciplinary research and development efforts to address the biggest scientific and technological challenges of our age. The Graphene Flagship, launched in 2013, is a consortium made up of more than 150 academic and industrial research groups from 23 countries, coordinated by Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. The project has a budget of €1 billion for 10 years, with the ambitious goal to midwife the transition of graphene from purely academic research to practical uses in European society.

Many thanks to Prof. Mosig for his fascinating presentation!

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From left, Pedro Crespo-Valero (Senior Software Developer), Nik Chavannes (Project Leader, Computational Techniques), Juan Mosig, and Niels Kuster (IT'IS founding director)

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22/02/2018

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Update from IEC & IEEE Meeting

Plantation, Florida was the site of engaging standards work last week, where two new standards were initiated for assessing human exposure to electromagnetic fields at frequencies >10 GHz, and two existing standards were revised for SAR measurements at frequencies <10 GHz.

 
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09/02/2018

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"Brown Bag Lunch" Seminar Series Special Guest Dr. Eilif Muller

Dr. Eilif Muller of the EPFL's Blue Brain Project visited the IT'IS Foundation on Thursday, February 8 as a guest speaker in the Brown Bag Lunch Seminar series. The title of his talk was "The HBP Brain Simulation Platform - Motivation, Architecture, Applications." Dr. Muller's extremely interesting presentation was well attended and stimulated many questions and much discussion.

 
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05/02/2018

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NTP Press Conference: Draft Technical Reports of the National Toxicology Program’s Radiofrequency Radiation Studies in Rodents

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) announced the release of two draft technical reports of the results of studies of the health effects of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) radiation in rodents. The NTP held a telephone press conference on Friday, February 2, 2018 to summarize the findings in the reports and answer questions. At a peer review of the draft reports, scheduled for March 26 – 28, 2018, Niels Kuster and Myles Capstick of IT'IS will provide background information on the design and rationale of the exposure regime.

 
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31/01/2018

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Fake vs. Real – The Zurich43 Retreat 2018 at Pilatus Kulm

Zurich43's annual retreat, this year with the theme "Fake vs. Real", was held 29 – 30 January 2018 at Hotel Pilatus-Kulm. The two days were packed with presentations and discussions to dissect high-quality science, products, and services.

 
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24/01/2018

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Game On! Z43’s Annual Party, 2018 “The Next Level” Edition

The annual Zurich 43 party, this year with the gamer theme “The Next Level”, was held at Halle 622 in Zurich-Oerlikon on Friday 19 January 2018.