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News and views on research at the Helmholtz Association - this is the place to look for all the press releases issued by the Helmholtz Research Centres and the Helmholtz Head Office. A comfortable search function helps you to view specific news items from the Helmholtz Research Centres in chronological order. Older press releases can be found in our archive or on the website of the relevant Helmholtz Research Centre.

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  • 05. March 2021, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    Minerals let Earth's oceans seep down deeper than expected

    A bigger volume of the world's oceans is seeping deeper into Earth's mantle than expected: That is the result of a study investigating the water-bearing mineral glaucophane, abundant in the oceanic crust, at DESY's X-ray source PETRA III. The international team headed by Yongjae Lee from Yonsei University in South Korea reports the results in the journal Nature Communications. The scientists estimate that in about 200 million years, an additional volume equal to the Arctic Ocean could seep deep into Earth's mantle this way.

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  • 05. March 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Another 50 Million Euros for the Innovation Campus “Future Mobility”

    The State of Baden-Württemberg Funds Junior Research Groups, a Professorship, International Exchange, and New Research and Innovation Projects

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  • 05. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Instrument at BESSY II shows how light activates MoS2 layers to become catalysts

    Thin films of molybdenum and sulfur belong to a class of materials that can be considered for use as photocatalysts. Inexpensive catalysts such as these are needed to produce hydrogen as a fuel using solar energy. However, they are still not very efficient as catalysts. A new instrument at the Helmholtz-Berlin Zentrums BESSY II now shows how a light pulse alters the surface properties of the thin film and activates the material as a catalyst.

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  • 05. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Material and Coastal Research (HZG)
    High strength through hierarchy

    HZG team develops new process for building ultralight materials

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  • 04. March 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    CoVerage analyses lineage dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 variants

    HZI bioinformaticians have developed a web resource that predicts the spread of SARS-CoV-2 variants. CoVerage enables evaluation of epidemiological dynamics of different SARS-CoV-2 variants This is where the CoVerage web resource comes in. It can be used to identify particularly successful SARS-COV-2 lines and predict their further spread, taking epidemiological information into account. The evaluation provided by CoVerage also makes it possible to draw conclusions about country-specific ...

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  • 04. March 2021, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Induced pluripotent stem cells reveal causes of disease

    Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) are suitable for discovering the genes that underly complex and also rare genetic diseases. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), together with international partners, have studied genotype-phenotype relationships in iPSCs using data from approximately one thousand donors.

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  • 02. March 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    NoCovid-Gruppe für deutlich mehr Corona-Tests

    Umfangreiche Tests, schnellere Kontaktverfolgung und zügiges Impfen Grundlage für mögliche Öffnungen. Wolle die Politik zum Beispiel Kultur- und Dienstleistungsbranchen öffnen, sei es empfehlenswert, die Öffnungen an Antigen-Schnelltestkonzepte, angepasste Hygienekonzepte und digitale Datenerfassung zu knüpfen. Auf diese Weise ließen sich Ansteckungen vermeiden. Sie seien deshalb im eigenen Interesse der Kultur- und Dienstleistungsunternehmen. Tests gelte es bei kleinsten Symptomen, ...

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  • 02. March 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Sniffing in the name of science

    The lists of Earth’s endangered animals and plants are getting increasingly longer. But in order to stop this trend, we require more information. It is often difficult to find out exactly where the individual species can be found and how their populations are developing. According to a new overview study published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution by Dr Annegret Grimm-Seyfarth from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and her colleagues, specially trained detection dogs can be indispensable in such cases. With the help of these dogs, the species sought can usually be found faster and more effectively than with other methods.

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  • 01. March 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    "Big data" training network for T-cell researchers at the HZI

    HZI immunologist Jochen Hühn coordinates EU-funded doctoral programme. T cell precursors originate in the bone marrow and mature in the thymus. They then circulate through the bloodstream and secondary lymphoid tissues in search of foreign or altered proteins. Tissue-resident T cells are a subset of T lymphocytes that have left the bloodstream and settled in tissues. These immune cells can remain there for a long time. A new training network called the ...

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  • 01. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Material and Coastal Research (HZG)
    One Becomes Two: New Institutes at the HZG

    Strengthening application-oriented cutting-edge research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht: the new Institute of Coastal Environmental Chemistry and the Institute of Carbon Cycles

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