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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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  • 18. March 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    When the Tram Delivers Parcels

    LogIKTram Project Develops Logistics Concept and an IT and Communications Platform for the Transportation of Goods by Tram and City Railway Vehicles – The Region of Karlsruhe Is Model Region

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  • 17. March 2021, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)
    Sars-Cov-2 Infects Cells via Specific Viral Entry Factors That Are More Abundant in Elderly, Men and Smokers

    A new study uncovers which cell types can be infected by SARS-CoV-2 due to their viral entry factors. The study also suggests that increased gene expression of these viral entry factors in some individuals partially explains the differences of COVID-19 severity reported in relation to age, gender and smoking status. The study evolved from the Human Cell Atlas Lung Biological Network with main contributions from Helmholtz Zentrum München, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Wellcome...

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  • 17. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Solar cells: Losses made visible on the nanoscale

    Solar cells made of crystalline silicon achieve peak efficiencies, especially in combination with selective contacts made of amorphous silicon (a-Si:H). However, their efficiency is limited by losses in these contact layers. Now, for the first time, a team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the University of Utah, USA, has experimentally shown how such contact layers generate loss currents on the nanometre scale and what their physical origin is. Using a conductive atomic force microscope, they scanned the solar cell surfaces in ultra-high vacuum and detected tiny, nanometre-sized channels for the detrimental dark currents, which are due to disorder in the a-Si:H layer.

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  • 16. March 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    GNeuS Funding Granted: For a New Generation of Outstanding Neutron Researchers

    Jülich, 16 March 2021 - Research with neutrons provides unique insights into materials and phenomena that cannot be gained using other methods. From this autumn, a groundbreaking project will ensure the most effective use of the research potential of neutron methods. Funding has now been secured by Jülich neutron researchers together with partners from the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ). The aim of the Global Neutron Scientists (GNeuS) project is to train a new generation of highly skilled neutron scientists. The EU is funding the project over its five-year duration with € 3.3 million. The three leading partners are investing a further € 5 million. Within the framework of the project, 45 postdocs will for the first time be able to take part in a 24-month structured, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral international training programme.

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  • 16. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Recycle high-tech waste biologically: Innovative biotechnological process extracts gallium from industrial wastewater

    Gallium is a rare metal, but it is widely used in the high-tech industry. This extreme contrast makes recycling indispensable. However, current recycling processes are costly and chemically polluted. Biotechnological approaches, therefore, rely on peptides, as they are able to bind metallic particles, minerals and metal ions in an environmentally friendly manner and to differentiate them in a targeted manner. Scientists at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology (HIF) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf have now shown (DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.125366), that peptide-based material can be used for the extraction of gallium from production wastewater caused by the semiconductor industry.

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  • 16. March 2021, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Quantum Computing: “We Need to Develop Realistic Applications Now.”

    Jülich, 16 March 2021 – Quantum computers could one day outperform today’s supercomputers to an extent that can only be imagined at present. But there is still a lot of pioneering work to be done. Currently, important decisions are being taken regarding the development of this future technology. We discussed the latest developments with Frank Wilhelm-Mauch, who is coordinating construction at Forschungszentrum Jülich of the first freely programmable European quantum computer as part of the European flagship project OpenSuperQ.

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  • 15. March 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
    Drought summer: drier than ever

    Tree ring analyses show exceptional summer drought in recent years ? likely caused by climate change

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  • 15. March 2021, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    How novel pathogens may cause the development of colorectal cancer

    Do BMMFs, the novel infectious agents found in dairy products and bovine sera, play a role in the development of colorectal cancer? Scientists led by Harald zur Hausen detected the pathogens in colorectal cancer patients in close proximity to tumors. The researchers show that the BMMFs trigger local chronic inflammation, which can cause mutations via activated oxygen molecules and thus promote cancer development in the long term. BMMFs and inflammatory markers were significantly more frequently detectable in the vicinity of malignant intestinal tumors than in the intestinal tissue of tumor-free individuals.

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  • 12. March 2021, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)
    German Center for Mental Health

    An interdisciplinary group of researchers from Munich will help improve earlier, personalized and preventive treatment of mental diseases starting in January 2022. Helmholtz Zentrum München is a member of the group.

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  • 11. March 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    Würzburg researchers track down resistance in CAR-T cell therapy

    RNA sequencing reveals cause of relapse in immunotherapy of bone marrow cancer. Multiple myeloma is a malignant cancer of the bone marrow. A great hope in the fight against the so far incurable disease rests on new immunotherapies, in particular on the treatment with CAR-T cells. T cells are white blood cells that serve the immune defense. In their natural state, they are mostly "blind" to tumor cells. However, they can be genetically modified to detect ...

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