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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.

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.

Chemistry - Physics - 26.05.2022
Catalysis Collaborative Research Center enters its second phase
Catalysis Collaborative Research Center enters its second phase
Researchers aim for more targeted control of catalytic reactions and are focusing on mesoporous materials [Picture: SFB 1333] The collaborative research center "Molecular heterogeneous catalysis in confined geometries" (SFB 1333) at the University of Stuttgart is entering its second funding period and has received funding of almost 12 million euros.

Physics - Chemistry - 19.05.2022
Ions and Rydberg-atoms: a bond between David and Goliath
Ions and Rydberg-atoms: a bond between David and Goliath
Physicists at the University of Stuttgart detect a novel binding mechanism between small and giagantic particles. [Picture: PI 5, Nicolas Zuber] Researchers at the 5th Physical Institute of the University of Stuttgart have verified a novel binding mechanism forming a molecule between a tiny charged particle and in atomic measures gigantic Rydberg atom.

Environment - 04.05.2022
Making the drinking water supply climate-proof
Making the drinking water supply climate-proof
The research network "TrinkXtrem" wants to improve the forecast quality of groundwater models during extreme weather events. [Picture: Pixabay/tvjoern] Ensuring the supply of drinking water during extreme weather events such as a long drought or heavy rainfall - this is the overarching goal of a new research project named TrinkXtrem.

Life Sciences - 31.03.2022
Exoskeletons: Achieving comfort in less than two minutes
Exoskeletons: Achieving comfort in less than two minutes
Researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Stuttgart developed a method by which users can adjust exoskeletons themselves. [Picture: University of Michigan/Robotics Institute] Robotic exoskeletons support the movements of the persons wearing them and, for example, help impaired users to regain mobility.

Environment - Social Sciences - 03.03.2022
’The impacts of climate change depend on the vulnerability and adaptability of societies’
Prof. Jörn Birkmann from the University of Stuttgart is a co-author of the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Picture: canva.com] Extreme weather events resulting from climate change will become more frequent and more severe, but the impacts will affect societies very differently, depending on their respective vulnerability and adaptability: This is one of the findings of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was presented at the Federal Press Conference on February 28, 2022.

Materials Science - 15.02.2022
Self-Shaping Wood Furniture
Self-Shaping Wood Furniture
The project "HygroShape" is using a new approach in digital design and manufacturing to program wood as a natural material [Picture: University of Stuttgart / ICD, Robert Faulkner] Elegantly curved seating furniture that is delivered in a flat-pack and assumes its shape overnight all by itself - this may sound like a dream to those who ever puzzled over the assembly instructions from a furniture store.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 14.02.2022
Satellite data to be used for making cities climate-proof
Satellite data to be used for making cities climate-proof
The consortium "CoKlimax" is developing tools for utilizing Copernicus data for urban planning Whether heat waves or heavy rain: Cities with their high population and building densities are particularly hard hit by the impacts of climate change.

Life Sciences - Health - 31.01.2022
Cancer research learns from space travel
Cancer research learns from space travel
Researchers use epigenetic factors to investigate the role of stress in the development of tumor diseases - test subjects wanted! [Picture: NASA] Experts believe that stress plays a major role in the development of tumors. One occupational group, for example, that experiences extreme stress over a short period of time is astronauts.

Physics - Computer Science - 18.01.2022
16 million euros for photonic quantum processors
16 million euros for photonic quantum processors
BMBF project PhotonQ brings together seven universities and research institutions as well as industrial partners [Picture: University of Stuttgart / Uli Regenscheit] Quantum computers will one day be able to solve problems at high speed that cannot be handled by classical computer systems. However, in order for these computers to become practical, they must process a significantly higher number of qubits and have lower error rates.

Computer Science - Mechanical Engineering - 26.04.2021
New PP: Daring More Intelligence
Date: April 26, 2021, No. DFG approves new priority program coordinated by the University of Stuttgart Design Assistants in Mechanics and Dynamics are the topic of a new priority program (PP) of the German Research Foundation (DFG) that aims to bring more artificial intelligence (AI) into the design process of technical systems.

Physics - 16.04.2021
Quantum Spins: And yet they pair!
Quantum Spins: And yet they pair!
A quantum spin liquid is a state of matter in which interacting quantum spins do not align even at lowest temperatures, but remain disordered. Research on this state has been going on for almost 50 years, but whether it really exists has never been proven beyond doubt. An international team led by physicist Prof. Martin Dressel at the University of Stuttgart has now put an end to the dream of a quantum spin liquid for the time being.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.03.2021
A more effective production of therapeutic antibodies
A more effective production of therapeutic antibodies
Immunoglobulins are antibodies that are generated by the immune system in answer to the sudden emergence of macromolecules. For example, these might be on the cell surface of bacteria that have infiltrated the body, or they are found in abnormal somatic cells. These play an important role in the identification and suppression of infections, such as Hepatitis A/B or Rabies, and in controlling cancer cells.

Physics - 05.03.2021
ERC Advanced Grant for Prof. Tilman Pfau
ERC Advanced Grant for Prof. Tilman Pfau
The European Research Council will support the research of Prof. Tilman Pfau with an ERC Advanced Grant for his new approach to understanding fermionic matter with long-range interactions using innovative quantum gas microscopy techniques. The ERC Advanced Grants are highly-prestigious grants awarded to well-established, leading scientists with a track record of groundbreaking research achievements over the past decade.

Physics - 24.02.2021
The size of the helium nucleus measured to femtometer accuracy
The size of the helium nucleus measured to femtometer accuracy
Helium is the second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen. Helium nuclei consist of four components, namely two protons and two neutrons. Knowing the properties of the helium nucleus is crucial for fundamental physics, for example, in order to understand the processes in atomic nuclei that are heavier than helium.

Materials Science - 19.02.2021
Unstable foams clean better than stable foams
Unstable foams clean better than stable foams
Historische Kunstund Kulturobjekte haben oft stark verschmutzte Oberflächen, da sie über viele Jahre hinweg unterschiedlichsten Umwelteinflüssen ausgesetzt sind. Ein deutsch-französisches Team um Prof. Cosima Stubenrauch von der Universität Stuttgart erforscht nun, wie man die Kostbarkeiten mit flüssigen Schäumen schonend und umweltfreundlich reinigen kann.

Physics - Chemistry - 18.02.2021
Quantum computer on the way to prototype
Quantum computer on the way to prototype
Rydberg atoms are among the most promising candidates in the race of realizing a working quantum computer. In the new collaborative project ,,QRydDemo", researchers led by the University of Stuttgart aim to realize a Rydberg quantum computer demonstrator together with an industrial partner by 2025. In order to reach this goal, they group Rydberg atoms in a two-dimensional optical trap structure and perform quantum logical operations by controlled entanglement and shifting of the atom traps.

Chemistry - 28.01.2021
Active double-layer structures made from intelligent polymers based on natural structures
Active double-layer structures made from intelligent polymers based on natural structures
Research groups led by the polymer chemist Prof. Sabine Ludwigs and the mechanic Prof. Holger Steeb at the University of Stuttgart have developed active double-layer structures from intelligent polymers based on the structures of a flowering plant, which lean of their own accord in response to humidity and then regain their original shape.

Transport - 21.01.2021
Digital twin for autonomous driving
Digital twin for autonomous driving
Autonomous driving will come about. But how do you make it safe for each traffic situation, what transportation infrastructure will be required, and what will be the impact of future traffic models? Under the leadership of Audi AG, the SAVeNoW consortium is running a simulation on these questions using a digital twin of the urban traffic of Ingolstadt as an example.
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