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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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  • 31. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Pancake strategy for the win: Special heat treatment improves novel magnetic material

    Skyrmions – tiny magnetic vortices – are considered promising candidates for tomorrow’s information memory devices which may be able to achieve enormous data storage and processing capacities. A research team led by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has developed a method to grow a particular magnetic thin-film material that hosts these magnetic vortices. A central aspect of this new method is the abrupt heating of the material with short, very bright flashes of light, as the international team, consisting of scientists from HZDR, the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, TU Dresden (TUD), and Chinese partners, describes in the journal Advanced Functional Materials (DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202009723).

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  • 31. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Tomography brings insights into the early evolution of bones

    Modern biology considers bone cells (osteocytes) as essential for bone development and health. However, when bone initially evolved some 400-million years ago, it did not contain bone cells. So why did bone cells evolve? Why was it so advantageous that most subsequent vertebrates have bone cells? A joint team of palaeontologists at Berlins natural history museum has now for the first time analysed these structures in 400 million-year-old fossils of marine life at unprecedentedly high resolution and in 3D. To be able to view these structures, tomography experts at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) examined the samples under the focussed ion beam of a scanning electron microscope to calculat...

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  • 31. March 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Jordan’s worsening water crisis a warning for the world

    Prolonged and potentially destabilizing water shortages will become commonplace in Jordan by 2100, new research by an international team of researchers including the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) finds, unless the nation implements comprehensive reform, from fixing leaky pipes to desalinating seawater. Jordan’s water crisis is emblematic of challenges looming around the world as a result of climate change and rapid population growth.

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  • 30. March 2021, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    The egg in the X-ray beam

    A team of scientists has been using DESY’s X-ray source PETRA III to analyse the structural changes that take place in an egg when you cook it. A novel method reveals how the proteins in the white of a chicken egg unfold and cross-link with each other to form a solid structure when heated. The research is desribed in two articles in the journal Physical Review Letter.

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  • 29. March 2021, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Fasting acts as diet catalyst

    Those who need to change their eating habits to normalise their blood pressure should start with a fast. In the journal “Nature Communications”, MDC and ECRC scientists explain why patients can use it as a tool to improve their health in the long term.

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  • 29. March 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Citizen Scientists Wanted in Cologne Area

    Jülich, 29 March 2021 – Air pollution is a threat to human health. Its possible consequences are varied and range from short-term breathing difficulties to chronic illnesses. However, the level of air pollution varies from place to place, making it difficult to investigate its health impacts. Because of this, the citizen science project SMARAGD combines information on local pollution levels with health data. Citizen scientists from the Cologne region can now apply to participate in the project.

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  • 25. March 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Hannover Messe 2021: Biomimetic Surfaces, Flexible Production, and the World’s Smallest Transistor

    “Future Hub“ and “Energy Solutions“: KIT Showcasing Selected Highlights of Technology Development at Two Virtual Booths from April 12 to 16

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  • 25. March 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Detecting Alarms for Critical Crowding Levels

    Jülich, 25 March 2021 – Though densely packed crowds in stadiums, clubs, train stations, or pedestrian zones might currently seem like a scene from another world, they are in fact the subject of the European CrowdDNA project, in which Forschungszentrum Jülich is involved. The researchers want to use the latest in sensor technology to determine easily measurable characteristics that can be used to accurately predict the behaviour of crowds and the dangers that this behaviour poses. The long-term goal is a new generation of simulation tools to help operators and organizers of public spaces and mass events in their work – in post-pandemic life, or even to design regulations for potential COVID-19 hot spots. More (in German)

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  • 24. March 2021, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Grand opening of the Käthe Beutler Building

    The Käthe Beutler Building has opened. Germany’s Federal Research Minister, Berlin’s Governing Mayor, the Chairman of the Jewish Community of Berlin and many guests inaugurated it. Around 200 specialists will work at the BIH & MDC Center for Vascular Biomedicine medicine – for the benefit of patients.

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  • 24. March 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    World Tuberculosis Day 2021: New drugs for old bugs

    "Goal is to identify lead structure for new antibiotic in three years". The department Microbial Natural Products at the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), a joint site of Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) with Saarland University, is exploring soil bacteria for new active substances to solve these problems. The annual World Tuberculosis Day on March 24 commemorates the discovery of the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis ...

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