HELMHOLTZ UPDATE / May 2017


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Despite its sparse population and adverse conditions, science and technology in Israel is one of the country’s most developed sectors. This is not only a result of large investments in research and development. What does this country provide to be so extraordinary in its scientific achievements and bustling start-up scene?

Adventure in the Ice! Two-and-a-half years from now, the research vessel Polarstern will depart on an adventurous expedition. For an entire year, the ship will drift through the Arctic, stuck in the pack ice. Read more about what the researchers hope to gain from this new approach.

Salt makes you thirsty. That’s a given, right? Up until now. Researchers tested this theory by monitoring the salt intake and hydrating levels in cosmonauts during a simulated mission to Mars. The results are not what you might expect.

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Israel
"Intelligence is the only natural resource we have"

Despite its sparse population and adverse conditions, Israel exhibits impressive scientific achievements and a bustling start-up scene. This is not only a result of large investments in research and development.

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Plastic litter
By-catch with Deadly Consequences

Millions of tons of plastic litter are floating in the world’s oceans, but where is the reliable data documenting this extraordinary phenomenon? Now, for the first time, the online platform ‘litterbase’, assembled by the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, makes the existing scientific literature on the oceanic litter load widely accessible.

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Water balance in the body
Does salt really make you thirsty?

Researchers recently looked at how salty foods impacted fluid intake during a simulated mission to Mars. The results are not what you might expect. Not only did participants on a high-salt diet drink less fluid, but their bodies also produced more water and they felt hungrier.

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