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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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  • 22. May 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Energy for Antarctica: solar hydrogen as an alternative to crude oil?

    Volkswagen Foundation funds feasibility study by HZB experts in artificial photosynthesis The sun shines at the South Pole as well and in summer almost around the clock. Instead of supplying research stations in the Antarctic with crude oil for producing the electricity and heating they need, solar hydrogen could be produced from sunlight in summer as an alternative. Hydrogen has a high energy density, is easy to store, and can be used as fuel when needed later without polluting the environment. An intriguingly simple idea - but one that raises many questions. Matthias May (HZB) and Kira Rehfeld (Heidelberg University) now want to examine how feasible this kind of solar fuel generation m...

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  • 22. May 2019, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU)
    Fitting the DNA in the cell nucleus

    The architecture of the DNA-protein complexes that make up the genome in each cell nucleus regulates the course of early embryonic development. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the LMU in collaboration with the Hubrecht Institute, have now shown that this architecture is not inherited, but must be assembled new – in a process that is regulated largely by epigenetic mechanisms. The new study appears in the journal Nature.

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  • 21. May 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    “Green Lungs” for a Good Urban Climate

    Changing Environmental Conditions Mean Stress for Urban Green Areas. Researchers of KIT Work on Strategies to Maintain Their Vitality

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  • 21. May 2019, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Occurrence and fate of microplastic in the marine environment

    To date, little is known about what happens to microplastic in the sea. The MICRO-FATE project that is now starting under the leadership of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is expected to bring about a change to this situation. The international team of researchers intends to find out where microplastic accumulate in the ocean, how it is degraded and the effects it has on the environment. A five-week expedition across the Pacific Ocean marks the start of the project. The trip on the research vessel "Sonne" will take the researchers from Vancouver to Singapore. Their most important objective is to take and conserve samples for upcoming laboratory analysis in addition to performing initial experiments.

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  • 20. May 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Frustrated materials under high pressure

    Researchers of the Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory at the HZDR modify the magnetic behavior of exotic materials.

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  • 16. May 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    KIT Career Fair with about 240 Companies

    Regional, National, and International Employers Will Present Themselves – Three-day Program with Short and Expert Presentations, Check of Application Documents, and Application Photo Shootings

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  • 16. May 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    New Power Supply Unit Lets Electrical Devices Live Longer

    Scientists Have Developed a New Control Method that Significantly Increases the Service Life of End Devices

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  • 16. May 2019, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Cancer drugs promote stem cell properties of colorectal cancer

    Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) and the Mannheim University Medical Center have now discovered that a certain group of cancer drugs (MEK Inhibitors) activates the cancer-promoting Wnt signalling pathway in colorectal cancer cells. This can lead to the accumulation of tumor cells with stem cell characteristics that are resistant to many therapies and can lead to relapses. The researchers thus provide a possible explanation for why these drugs are not effective in colorectal cancer.

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  • 16. May 2019, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Change in the Board of Directors of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association

    The Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC), Professor Martin Lohse, is resigning from his office in full agreement with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in order to devote more time to his scientific work. The MDC is one of the world’s leading biomedical research institutions.

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  • 16. May 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Material and Coastal Research (HZG)
    Prestigious Prize for Benjamin Klusemann

    Excellent work: Prof. Benjamin Klusemann was awarded the prestigious ESAFORM Scientific Prize.

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