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14 April 2014, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
When in flight, aircraft generate turbulence behind them known as wake vortices, which can affect the air traffic that follows. DLR is currently testing a wake turbulence warning system in flight experiments using its ATRA and Falcon research aircraft.
14 April 2014, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Using DESY's bright research light sources, scientists have opened a new door to better solar cells, novel superconductors and smaller hard-drives. The research reported in the scientific journal Nature Communications this week enhances the understanding of the interface of two materials, where completely new properties can arise. With their work, the team of Prof. Andrivo Rusydi from the National University of Singapore and Prof. Michael Rübhausen from the Hamburg Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) have solved a long standing mystery in the physics of condensed matter. CFEL is a cooperation of DESY, the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Society.
11 April 2014, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has entered into an agreement with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to conduct a series of joint research flights. During the flight tests, which will be headed by NASA, the emissions properties of alternative fuels and their effects on the climate and atmosphere will be studied. DLR will participate with its Falcon research aircraft in the approximately two-week-long air campaign. The start of the joint test flights as part of the ACCESS II (Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise emission) project is scheduled for 7 May 2014. The starting point for the flights will be the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.
11 April 2014, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Too much of a protein called c-FLIPR can trigger autoimmune diseases. As strange as it may seem, a process called "cellular suicide" is actually crucial for the survival of the entire body. The protein c-FLIPR plays a key role in controlling this process, which is called "apoptosis". Scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) have described the significance of c-FLIPR for the immune system in more detail: In the presence ...
11 April 2014,
Speaking at the annual congress of the European Energy Research Alliance, EERA, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation pointed to EERA as an excellent example for how European Joint Programming initiatives in research can move from agenda setting to implementation.