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Life Sciences - Chemistry - 16.04.2018
Cleavage Product of Alzheimer's Key Protein APP Stimulates Nerve Cell Communication
Cleavage Product of Alzheimer’s Key Protein APP Stimulates Nerve Cell Communication
A cleavage product of the Alzheimer's APP protein stimulates nerve cell communication and memory. The protein fragment, known as APPs', has neuroprotective properties and acts as a signal molecule on other nerve cells. But how does it influence brain functions' An international research team led by Ulrike Müller of Heidelberg University has gained new insights into the molecular mechanism underlying its physiological functions.

Physics - Chemistry - 13.04.2018
Physics professor at Universität Hamburg recognized by European Research Council (ERC) for third time
Physics professor at Universität Hamburg recognized by European Research Council (ERC) for third time
¤2.5 million for new quantum computer concept Physics professor at Universität Hamburg recognized by European Research Council (ERC) for third time For the third consecutive year the ERC has granted Prof. Roland Wiesendanger, head of the Scanning Probe Methods Group in the Department of Physics at Universität Hamburg, a ¤2.5 million ERC Advanced Grant.

Chemistry - Physics - 28.03.2018
Discovery of Oxygen Fluorides of Coin Metals
Researchers at Freie Universität Berlin Find Experimental Access to Long-sought Class of Compounds No 056/2018 from Mar 28, 2018 Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Virginia (USA) have experimentally generated and characterized a long-sought class of compounds, so-called ternary compounds, which consist of three elements: oxygen, fluorine, and a so-called late-transition metal.

Health - Chemistry - 22.03.2018
Measurement chip detects Legionella
Measurement chip detects Legionella
Research news In an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, finding the exact source as quickly as possible is essential to preventing further infections. To date, a detailed analysis takes days. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have now developed a rapid test that achieves the same result in about 35 minutes.

Chemistry - 20.03.2018
Filling lithium-ion cells faster
Filling lithium-ion cells faster
Research news Developers from Bosch and scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are using neutrons to analyze the filling of lithium ion batteries for hybrid cars with electrolytes. Their experiments show that electrodes are wetted twice as fast in a vacuum as under normal pressure. One of the most critical and time-consuming processes in battery production is the filling of lithium cells with electrolyte fluid following the placement the of electrodes in a battery cell.

Chemistry - Physics - 08.02.2018
Search for alternative and more environmentally friendly aviation fuels  
Search for alternative and more environmentally friendly aviation fuels  
Search for alternative and more environmentally friendly aviation fuels JOINT PRESS RELEASE OF MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR CHEMISTRY AND JOHANNES GUTENBERG UNIVERSITY MAINZ Can aircraft pollutant emissions be reduced by using biofuels' And what influence does an alternative tank filling have on the formation of contrails' In mid-January, a joint German Aerospace Center (DLR) and US space agency NASA research project, with the participation of the M

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 05.02.2018
Scientists investigate the molecular basis of social evolution in Termites: A comparison with ants and bees: Similar processes involved in the formation of societies although unrelated to termites
Scientists investigate the molecular basis of social evolution in Termites: A comparison with ants and bees: Similar processes involved in the formation of societies although unrelated to termites
One phenomenon that fascinated Charles Darwin and many other researchers since, is the emergence of huge, complex insect societies. Even more exciting is that the societies of termites and ants evolved independently from each other. Although unrelated, termites and ants are very similar: They both have a so-called "eusocial" way of living.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 02.02.2018
Key enzyme in citrate cycle also functions "backwards": Study published in "Science" journal disproves conventional wisdom: citrate synthase can also cleave citrate and not only build it up
The citrate cycle: most people will probably remember this metabolic pathway from biology lessons at school. It provides numerous organisms with energy by breaking down organic substances, thereby enabling them to live. Organisms ranging all the way from bacteria to humans use this pathway, consuming oxygen in the process.

Chemistry - Physics - 23.01.2018
Complex tessellations, extraordinary materials
Complex tessellations, extraordinary materials
Research news An international team of researchers lead by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a reaction path that produces exotic layers with semiregular structures. These kinds of materials are interesting because they frequently possess extraordinary properties. In the process, simple organic molecules are converted to larger units which form the complex, semiregular patterns.

Physics - Chemistry - 19.01.2018
Piecework at the nano assembly line
Piecework at the nano assembly line
Research news Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly line work in molecular factories.