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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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  • 09. September 2021, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)
    Even low levels of air pollution can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease

    Prolonged exposure to air pollution can be linked to an increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, even when levels are below the limits specified by the EU and WHO. This has been shown, among others, by researchers and Helmholtz Zentrum München and at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in a large European study published in The Lancet Planetary Health.

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  • 07. September 2021
    HZB uses electricity-producing facade wall as real laboratory

    In the presence of the State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Energy and Operations of the State of Berlin, Christian Rickerts, the HZB officially commissioned the solar façade of a new research building on 6 September 2021. What makes it so special is that the elegant façade not only generates up to 50 kilowatts of electricity (peak power). It also provides important insights into the behaviour of the solar modules under different weather conditions.

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  • 07. September 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Brain gain from California

    Jülich, 7 September 2021 – This summer, three top scientists moved from sunny California to Forschungszentrum Jülich. The researchers, who come from Google, Hewlett-Packard Labs and the University of California, will help to further expand the internationally outstanding research into new computer technologies at Jülich. The primary mission of the newcomers will be to put concepts for quantum computers and neuromorphic computers into practice.

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  • 06. September 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Forest edges in the tropics increase carbon emissions

    The deforestation of the tropical rainforests is progressing unstoppably. According to scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), these forests are becoming fragmented at a higher rate than expected. By analysing high-resolution satellite data, they were able to measure even the smallest piece of tropical forest and, for the first time, study the changes in tropical fragmentation. In a paper for Science Advances, they discuss how this previously unnoticed and underestimated increase in fragmentation to almost one third of the forest area has consequences for the global carbon cycle. Because of increased tree mortality, large amounts of carbon are released at the forest edges. Model simulations also show that these emissions could increase in the future. Only through less deforestation can the process be slowed down.

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  • 04. September 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Federal Government and Free State of Saxony secure CASUS funding until 2038

    Saxony's Minister President Michael Kretschmer and State Secretary Prof. Wolf-Dieter Lukas of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) signed a declaration on the funding of the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) today at the German-Polish research institute's Open House event. According to the agreement, CASUS will be funded until 2038. This long-term perspective will allow the "Old Capacitor Plant" on the Neisse River to be converted into a modern research facility. CASUS will be shaped as an institute of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) along with its partners Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ), Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden (MPI-CBG), Technical University of Dresden (TUD) and the University of Wrocław. The cooperation agreements were also signed at the CASUS Open House event.

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  • 03. September 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Hydrogen Technologies: KIT Is Involved in All Three German Lead Projects

    Research to Accelerate Production, Transportation, and Use of Green Hydrogen

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  • 03. September 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Hydrogen Technologies: KIT Is Involved in All Three German Lead Projects

    Research to Accelerate Production, Transportation, and Use of Green Hydrogen

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  • 03. September 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    € 860 Million in Funding: Rhineland to Become a Model Region for Hydrogen Tech

    Jülich, 3 September 2021 – Forschungszentrum Jülich will establish a “Helmholtz Cluster for a Sustainable and Infrastructure-Compatible Hydrogen Economy” (HC-H2) in the Rhineland region. The flagship project for creating new added value driven by research will receive around € 860 million in funding over a period of about 17 years from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the investment act for coal-mining regions. North Rhine-Westphalia is also contributing state funds to the establishment of HC-H2. Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Thomas Rachel, Member of the German Bundestag and Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), gave a presentation on the project on 2 September in close proximity to the Inden open-cast mine. Thomas Rachel also presented the first notice of federal funding in his capacity as state secretary.

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  • 03. September 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
    Fact Sheet on Climate Change in the Baltic Sea

    New publication shows latest scientific knowledge on climate change in the Baltic Sea

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  • 02. September 2021, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
    "The Art of Science at GSI and FAIR"- Illustrated book with unique works by artists and designers

    A new illustrated book shows research at GSI and FAIR from the perspective of art and design. The network of Urban Sketchers Rhein-Main and students of the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach visited GSI and FAIR and developed their individual views on the experimental facilities and the scientific topics and reproduced them in pictures. The multitude of fascinating drawings and sketches can now be admired in an illustrated book published by GSI/FAIR. The bilingual illustrated book is available ...

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