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Stardust in the Antarctic
The rare isotope iron-60 is produced by huge star explosions. Only a small proportion comes from remote stars. Researchers have now discovered iron-60 in the Antarctic for the first time. They have been able to draw spectacular conclusions from their findings.
Six questions with... Daniela Jacob
Why did you become a scientist? And what has really annoyed you recently? We ask our scientists six intriguing questions. This time with Daniela Jacob at the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS).
“We can see, hear, and feel climate change”
Bis zu zwei Wochen kann es dauern, bis Doris Abele ihren Arbeitsplatz - die Polarforschungsstation Carlini, erreicht. Hier, am nördlichsten Zipfel der Antarktischen Halbinsel, erforscht sie, wie sich die Gletscherschmelze auf den Lebensraum dieser Küsten auswirkt.
The battle against oblivion
No longer recognizing loved ones or losing treasured memories – hardly any other sign of aging scares people more than forgetting. Researchers are trying to explain the molecular causes of Alzheimer’s disease and thereby find the key to a treatment.
The origin of pain
In recent years, researchers have succeeded in understanding the development of pain right down to the molecular level. This facilitates totally new treatment approaches, with one of the most unusual animals on our planet playing a key role.
Every drop counts
Water is scarce in the Middle East. But Israel has made a virtue of necessity despite its lack of this resource. The country is now a world leader in seawater desalination, water recycling, and smart irrigation technology.
“It is not a matter of recycling old ballpoint pens”
Denise Völker is the first sustainability officer appointed at DESY in Hamburg. In her new job, not only has she learned a lot about physics, but also that the staff actually demand changes to promote environmental protection.
Something in the air
Air pollution and emission limits have become politically explosive issues. But what does good air actually consist of – and where do pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, ozone, or particulate matter come from?
“The greatest gift of my career”
Founding Director of the DZNE, Pierluigi Nicotera, talks about what has been achieved in the 10 years of the Center’s existence, about painful setbacks suffered – and about the questions he most frequently hears during informal conversations.
Biodiversity is crucial to the survival of humanity. But the latest report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) demonstrates just how far we are from using nature in a sustainable way.