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Life Sciences - Environment - 22.06.2022
Research with a bite
Research with a bite
Scientists at the University of Bonn present a sensor system that can measure the bite force of insects How hard can insects bite? Having a strong chewing apparatus makes it easier to crush harder food and to succeed in fights with enemies. Biologists at the University of Bonn now present a mobile system (forceX) for measuring the bite forces of small animals, along with the software forceR to evaluate the data.

History / Archeology - 22.06.2022
Britains earliest humans
Britains earliest humans
Homo heidelbergensis may have occupied southern Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago Archaeological discoveries made on the outskirts of Canterbury, Kent (England) confirm the presence of early humans in southern Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago. The breakthrough, involving controlled excavations and radiometric dating, comes a century after stone tool artefacts were first uncovered at the site.

Physics - Life Sciences - 22.06.2022
Microscopy technique enables 3D super-resolution nanometre-scale imaging
Microscopy technique enables 3D super-resolution nanometre-scale imaging
Research team led by Göttingen University combine two techniques to achieve isotropic super -resolution imaging Over the last two decades, microscopy has seen unprecedented advances in speed and resolution. However, cellular structures are essentially three-dimensional, and conventional super-resolution techniques often lack the necessary resolution in all three directions to capture details at a nanometer scale.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 21.06.2022
Huge pool of heat in the Pacific caused by climate change
Huge pool of heat in the Pacific caused by climate change
A long-term warm water body that continues to warm has now been discovered by a team from the CLICCS Cluster of Excellence at the University of Hamburg. It is three million square kilometers in size, is due to the human-induced increase in greenhouse gases, and favors extreme heat waves in the Northeast Pacific.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 21.06.2022
Using light to activate mRNA: Biochemists use new tool to control mRNA by means of light
Using light to activate mRNA: Biochemists use new tool to control mRNA by means of light
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a long chain of molecules composed of many individual components, and it forms the basis of life on Earth. The function of DNA is to store all genetic information. The translation of this genetic information into proteins - which an organism needs to function, develop and reproduce - takes place via mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid).

Life Sciences - Physics - 21.06.2022
Another step towards synthetic cells
Another step towards synthetic cells
Introducing functional DNA-based cytoskeletons into cell-sized compartments - Publication Scientists from the 2. Physics Institute at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research were now able to take the next step towards synthetic cells: They introduced functional DNA-based cytoskeletons into cell-sized compartments and showed functionality.

Chemistry - Physics - 21.06.2022
A nose for damaged plants and fake perfumes
A nose for damaged plants and fake perfumes
Researchers develop a highly sensitive novel technique capable of detecting chiral molecules within complex gas mixtures The chiral signature of a fragrance can reveal whether a perfume is genuine or fake. Similarly, the chiral signature of the emissions of a plant can provide information on whether the plant is healthy or sick.

Environment - 21.06.2022
Modern wind turbines can more than compensate for decline in global wind resource
Freiburg environmental meteorologists develop global techno-climatic scenarios and site projections until 2060 Wind energy contributes significantly to the energy sector's sustainable, low-CO2 transformation. However, the efficiency of wind turbines depends on available wind resources and the technical characteristics of the turbines.

Physics - Innovation - 20.06.2022
Using quantum technology to ensure low-noise microphones
Using quantum technology to ensure low-noise microphones
Use of quantum light leads to a significant improvement in signal-to-noise ratio [Picture: PI 3 / Florian Kaiser] Whether it's an online conference or a hearing aid, a high noise level in the microphones used, or significant background noise will disrupt any conversation, and better microphones are urgently needed.

Social Sciences - Event - 20.06.2022
’I never knew there were people like me at university’
Surveys of participants in the -Native Schools- project show that knowledge communication may be a key to overcoming social injustice, inequality and exclusion. In particular, direct interactions between researchers and disadvantaged groups have the potential to increase knowledge about and enthusiasm for research in all parts of society.

Life Sciences - Health - 20.06.2022
Protein changes in the liquor indicate inflammatory processes in the brain
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases are associated with inflammatory processes in the brain. German researchers have succeeded in identifying a group of proteins in the liquor that could provide information about such inflammatory processes. As so-called biomarkers, the proteins could help to better understand disease processes in the future and to test the effect of potential drugs against brain inflammation.

Chemistry - Environment - 20.06.2022
Damaged plants and fake perfumes can be identified rapidly and reliably in real time
Damaged plants and fake perfumes can be identified rapidly and reliably in real time
Researchers develop a highly sensitive novel technique capable of detecting chiral molecules within complex gas mixtures The chiral signature of a fragrance can reveal whether a perfume is genuine or fake. Similarly, the chiral signature of the emissions of a plant can provide information on whether the plant is healthy or sick.

Materials Science - 17.06.2022
Stimulate light emission and measure temperature with ultrasound
Stimulate light emission and measure temperature with ultrasound
If mechanoluminescent materials are subjected to mechanical stress from outside, they emit visible or invisible light. Such excitation can occur, for example, through buckling or gentle pressure, but also completely contact-free via ultrasound. In this way, the effect can be triggered remotely and light can be brought to places that normally tend to be in the dark - for example, in the human body.

History / Archeology - 17.06.2022
New finds at temple city of Heliopolis
New finds at temple city of Heliopolis
During recently completed excavations in northeastern Cairo, an Egyptian-German excavation team of archaeologists has found important evidence from the history of the temple city of Heliopolis. It includes the foundation of a limestone wall, which was discovered running from north to south about 55 metres west of the still-standing obelisk of Heliopolis.

Life Sciences - Health - 17.06.2022
Cell Biology: Diversity of centrosomes
Cell Biology: Diversity of centrosomes
Scientists from LMU and Helmholtz Munich have gained new insights into the human centrosome, whose malfunction is linked to many neurodevelopmental disorders. The centrosome is the organelle responsible for the organization of the cytoskeleton during cell division, an essential function in organisms from yeast to humans.

Computer Science - Linguistics / Literature - 16.06.2022
Shedding light on linguistic diversity and its evolution
Shedding light on linguistic diversity and its evolution
Linguists and computer scientists collaborate to publish a large global Open Access lexical database Scholars from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany and the University of Auckland in New Zealand have created a new global repository of linguistic data. The project is designed to facilitate new insights into the evolution of words and sounds of the languages spoken across the world today.

Chemistry - 15.06.2022
Diseased plants and wrong perfume can be identified quickly, reliably and in real time
Diseased plants and wrong perfume can be identified quickly, reliably and in real time
New method reveals chiral molecules in a gas mixture with high sensitivity Whether a perfume is genuine or fake is revealed by the chiral signature of the scent. Similarly, the chiral signature of a plant's odor can tell whether it is healthy or diseased. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry have discovered this using a new technique.

Physics - Chemistry - 15.06.2022
New insights into binding configuration and mobility of molecules on nanoparticle surfaces
New insights into binding configuration and mobility of molecules on nanoparticle surfaces
Freiburg physicists investigate binding between molecules and nanoparticles with high resolution How molecules bind to a surface is of central importance in chemical reactions, making the possibility of studying binding configurations in isolated nanosystems of great interest. A Freiburg research team led by Dr. Lukas Bruder and Frank Stienkemeier has now succeeded in studying the binding configurations and mobility of organic molecules on ultracold noble gas particles.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 15.06.2022
Building Block for a Longer Life
Building Block for a Longer Life
Heidelberg plant researchers identify key protein in a mechanism that controls the life of proteins Proteins are existential building blocks of life that also have numerous functions in plants. An average plant cell contains more than 20 billion protein molecules that maintain cellular metabolism and stabilise their structure.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.06.2022
Precision antibacterials
Precision antibacterials
06/15/2022 Similar to the vaccines against the coronavirus, RNA-based antibiotics could significantly improve modern medicine. Research teams from Würzburg have investigated the prerequisites that such antibiotics must meet for this strategy to work. In the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, mRNA-based vaccines have impressively demonstrated their potential.
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