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Life Sciences - Chemistry - 26.07.2018
Breakthrough in industrial CO2 usage
Research news Professor Arne Skerra of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded for the first time in using gaseous CO2 as a basic material for the production of a chemical mass product in a biotechnical reaction. The product is methionine, which is used as an essential amino acid, particularly in animal feed, on a large scale.

Astronomy / Space Science - 25.07.2018
How to Weigh Stars With Gravitational Lensing
How to Weigh Stars With Gravitational Lensing
Using data from Gaia astrometry satellite, astronomers at Heidelberg University investigated the movement of millions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. For the first time, they were able to predict the approach of two stars with extreme precision and to forecast characteristic effects of relativistic light deflection that can be used to precisely measure the mass of stars.

Social Sciences - Economics / Business - 23.07.2018
More than two thirds of Chinese take a positive view of social credit systems in their country
Team of scholars at Freie Universität Berlin surveyed 2,200 citizens/ Particularly high level of approval among older and better educated No 198/2018 from Jul 23, 2018 About 80 percent of Chinese internet users take a positive view of the governmental and commercial social credit systems in their country.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 20.07.2018
The genes are not to blame
The genes are not to blame
Research news Individualized dietary recommendations based on genetic information are currently a popular trend. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has systematically analyzed scientific articles and reached the following conclusion: There is no clear evidence for the effect of genetic factors on the consumption of total calories, carbohydrates, and fat.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 19.07.2018
New study puts a figure on sea-level rise following Antarctic ice shelves' collapse
New study puts a figure on sea-level rise following Antarctic ice shelves’ collapse
An international team of scientists has shown how much sea level would rise if Larsen C and George VI, two Antarctic ice shelves at risk of collapse, were to break up. While Larsen C has received much attention due to the break-away of a trillion-tonne iceberg from it last summer, its collapse would contribute only a few millimetres to sea-level rise.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.07.2018
Pollen taxi for bacteria
Pollen taxi for bacteria
Research news A wide range of airborne substances can cause respiratory problems for asthma sufferers. These include bacteria and their components, which can trigger inflammations. How they become airborne has not been fully explained up to now. A science team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) has shown that pollen from the mugwort plant is the main vector for bacteria and that this combination renders the pollen more aggressive.

History / Archeology - 14.07.2018
Gilded mummy mask
Gilded mummy mask
German-Egyptian team presents the latest findings from Saqqara excavations Researchers at the University of Tübingen have discovered a gilded mask on the mummy of a priest in Saqqara, Egypt. It is from the Saite-Persian period (664-404 BCE). The head of the German-Egyptian team, Dr. Ramadan Badry Hussein, reported on Saturday that the mask was found in an extensive tomb complex which Tübingen archaeologists have been investigating since 2016, using the latest methods.

Life Sciences - Health - 13.07.2018
Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety
Allergy potential of strawberries and tomatoes depends on the variety
Research news Strawberries and tomatoes are among the most widely consumed fruits and vegetables worldwide. However, many people are allergic to them, especially if they have been diagnosed with birch pollen allergy. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has investigated which strawberry or tomato varieties contain fewer allergens than others and to what extent cultivation or preparation methods are involved.

Astronomy / Space Science - 12.07.2018
First evidence on the source of extragalactic particles
First evidence on the source of extragalactic particles
Research news For the first time ever, scientists have determined the cosmic origin of highest-energy neutrinos. A research group led by Prof. Elisa Resconi from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), provides an important piece of evidence that the particles detected by the IceCube neutrino telescope at the South Pole originate from a galaxy four billion light-years away from Earth.

Earth Sciences - Environment - 12.07.2018
Mediterranean Climate as pacemaker for Glacier Formation in Europe
Ice ages are recurring phenomena in Earth's recent geological history, and the resulting glacier advances significantly shaped the European landscape. An international research team led by Dr Stefanie Kaboth from the Institute of Earth Sciences at Heidelberg University has now shown that the extent of glaciation in Western Europe was largely driven by the advection of warm seawater towards Europe's Atlantic coast, which raised precipitation on the continent.

Career - Economics / Business - 12.07.2018
Executive salaries showing stronger increases
Research news In 2017, salaries of management board members of DAX-listed companies rose by 4.5 percent - stronger than in the three years before. Bonuses are thus moving in line with the even bigger increases in corporate profits and DAX share prices. However, the base salaries of board members, not linked to performance, were also higher.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 10.07.2018
A Software to See How Fish See
A Software to See How Fish See
Software for behavioral studies in fish made freely available by Tübingen neuroscientists Zebrafish have been one of the most important animal models in neuro-science for only a few years. Laboratory equipment and software for studying their behavior is therefore often highly specialized and expensive.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.07.2018
Mutable cancer cells are more dangerous
Mutable cancer cells are more dangerous
Research news Pancreatic cancer often spreads, forming metastases in the liver or lungs. The prognosis is better for patients with metastases in the lungs. However, the organ that is more likely to be affected depends on the cancer cells' ability to alter their characteristics and shape - as a research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered.

Economics / Business - 06.07.2018
CEOs change course when they resemble their predecessors
Research news The greater the similarity of newly appointed CEOs to their predecessors, the more likely they are to change the company's strategy. This result - contrary to prevailing opinion in the field - was demonstrated in a study by a team of researchers from Germany and Denmark. They believe that this behavior results from the need of new managers to be distinctive.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 05.07.2018
Site-directed RNA editing as an alternative to genetic scissors
Site-directed RNA editing as an alternative to genetic scissors
Tübingen researchers use cells' backup copies for targeted, reversible changes to genetic information - seeking applications in research and treatment of disease-causing mutations The development of CRISPR/Cas gene editing tools marked a revolution in the targeted alteration of genetic information. It opened up a wealth of opportunities for basic research and genetic repairs.

Life Sciences - Physics - 05.07.2018
How to start a nanomotor?
How to start a nanomotor?
Research news Most people have never heard of them, and yet every living being needs them to survive: fine protrusions of cells known as cilia. They allow sperm to move, form fine protective hairs in the lungs and play a crucial role in the differentiation of organs in embryos. A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now reconstructed the protein complex responsible for transport within cilia, which plays a decisive role in their functioning.

Physics - 04.07.2018
Ultracold atoms and ultrafast lasers: Hamburg scientists combine experimental expertise
Ultracold atoms and ultrafast lasers: Hamburg scientists combine experimental expertise
Two separate research fields have been united in Hamburg for the very first time. Ultrashort laser pulses enable us to observe and manipulate matter on very short time scales, whereas ultracold atoms permit experiments with high precision and controllability. In the cluster of excellence "The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging," scientists from Universität Hamburg have united the two research fields and succeeded in observing the emergence of ions in ultracold atoms.

Physics - 04.07.2018
German Research Foundation Funds New Research Unit at Freie Universität Berlin
Jens Eisert Leads New Group to Study Quantum Thermodynamics No 178/2018 from Jul 04, 2018 At Freie Universität a new Research Unit will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). The Research Unit will study "Thermal Machines in the Quantum World." The spokesperson is Jens Eisert at the Department of Physics.

Life Sciences - Physics - 03.07.2018
New Insights into the Maturation of miRNAs
New Insights into the Maturation of miRNAs
An international research team has used a structural biological approach to elucidate the maturation of a cancer-causing microRNA in gene regulation. In the future, the authors hope to develop new therapies based on their findings. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of molecules consisting of short RNA sequences that inhibit the formation of certain proteins by destroying the corresponding RNA blueprint.

Life Sciences - Health - 02.07.2018
Give and Take: How We Recognize Interactions
Give and Take: How We Recognize Interactions
Tübingen neuroscientists investigate how actions that relate be-tween individuals are recognised and represented in the brain Social behaviour relies on interactions with others. How does our brain perceive and process these interactions' Until recently, psychologists and neuroscientists have mainly investigated the neuronal processing of individual actions.

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