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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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  • 16. August 2018, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    It’s All in the Mix: Jülich Researchers are Developing Fast-Charging Solid-State Batteries

    Jülich, 20 August 2018 – There are currently great hopes for solid-state batteries. They contain no liquid parts that could leak or catch fire. For this reason, they do not require cooling and are considered to be much safer, more reliable, and longer lasting than traditional lithium-ion batteries. Jülich scientists have now introduced a new concept that allows currents up to ten times greater during charging and discharging than previously described in the literature. The improvement was achieved by a “clever” choice of materials with a focus on consistently good compatibility. All components were made from phosphate compounds, which are well matched both chemically and mechanically.

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  • 16. August 2018, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health
    Bread for the world - wheat genome fully mapped

    A thirteen-year scientific effort has culminated in a paper published in the journal ‘Science’: over 200 scientists from 73 research institutions in 20 countries joined forces to map the genome of bread wheat. Researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben also played a leading role. It is hoped that the findings will open up new prospects for feeding the world’s population.

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  • 14. August 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    Triple ERC success for DKFZ junior researchers

    The European Research Council (ERC) awards Starting Grants to support excellent young scientists when they are starting an independent science career. In this year's round of proposals, three scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have been chosen at once for the prestigious award: Ana Banito, Fabian Erdel and Moritz Mall.

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  • 14. August 2018, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Glacier depth affects plankton blooms off Greenland

    14 August 2018 / Kiel. The unusual timing of highly-productive summer plankton blooms off Greenland indicates a connection between increasing amounts of meltwater and nutrients in these coastal waters. In a new study published today in the international journal Nature Communications, an international group of researchers led by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel shows that this connection exists, but is much more complex than widely supposed. Whether increasing meltwater has a positive or negative effect on summertime phytoplankton depends on the depth at which a glacier sits in the ocean.

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  • 14. August 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Register now: Newsletter from HZB

    On Thursday evening we will send out the next newsletter with information from the HZB. The focus topic in August is BESSY II and the expansion to BESSY VSR. According to the new data protection guidelines, we may only send the newsletter to persons who have registered. And what about you? Did you just subscribe? Here is the registration link .

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  • 13. August 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    Joining forces for immune research

    The initiative "Immunology & Inflammation" unifies efforts in immunological research within the Helmholtz Association. 23 working groups from five Helmholtz Centers are joining forces to address some of the most complex problems in today's immunology in ways that can only be explored in collaboration.

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  • 13. August 2018, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
    Joining forces for immune research

    The initiative “Immunology & Inflammation” unifies efforts in immunological research within the Helmholtz Association. 23 working groups from five Helmholtz Centers are joining forces to address some of the most complex problems in today's immunology in ways that can only be explored in collaboration.

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  • 13. August 2018, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health
    Do bacteria affect the skin barrier in atopic eczema?

    Certain bacteria occur frequently and foremost on the skin of people with atopic dermatitis, and it is known that this disease seriously compromises the skin’s barrier function. Researchers from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich have now discovered how the two facts become correlated. Their study results are accessible via the ‘Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology’.

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  • 13. August 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
    Joining forces for immune research

    "Immunology & Inflammation" unifies efforts in immunological research of the Helmholtz Association. "What we have learned about the immune system and its role in many widespread diseases over the last ten years opens up countless perspectives for research," says Prof Martin Lohse, Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), the centre that coordinates the initiative."Our initiative's projects combine the centres" research topics," says ...

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  • 10. August 2018, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Marine litter in remote regions of the oceans

    10 August 2018 / Kiel. The Easter Island in the South Pacific is one of the most remote regions of our planet. Although thousands of miles away from the continents, the waste of human civilization in the form of plastic can be detected here as well as in the entire South Pacific. In a review paper published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, a Chilean-German research team impressively demonstrates the extent of the pollution and the impact on the marine ecosystem.

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