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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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  • 24. September 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    “Stretching Rack” for Cells

    An ingenious device, only a few micrometers in size, enables to study the reaction of individual biological cells to mechanical stress – publication in Science Advances

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  • 24. September 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    An in-depth atlas of the heart

    Researchers from three continents have produced a first extensive draft of a cell atlas of the human heart to understand how this vital organ functions and to shed light on what goes wrong in cardiovascular disease. As the team reports in Nature, it reveals a huge cellular and molecular diversity.

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  • 24. September 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Invitation: Breaking Boundaries – Virchow 2.0

    Berlin has a long tradition as a medical metropolis and also the potential to become an international hub for the life sciences, comparable to Boston. On September 28, researchers from both cities will discuss this issue with the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller.

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  • 24. September 2020, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Solar-cell façade at HZB undergoes real-life testing

    Solar-modules shimmer bright blue on the cladding of a new building at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB). They are special CIGS thin-film modules custom-developed and produced in Germany for integration into the buildings envelope. The solar cladding not only meets part of the power requirement, but is also a realistic laboratory in and of itself: an HZB team is monitoring the long-term behaviour of the modules under varying environmental conditions and evaluating the data.

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  • 23. September 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    New Model for District-Based Coronavirus Forecasts

    Jülich / Osnabrück, 23 September 2020 – Neuroinformatics scientists at Osnabrück University and data specialists at Forschungszentrum Jülich are releasing new model results daily to forecast COVID-19 infections. The results include estimates updated daily of the reported new infections and a 5-day forecast for every German district, and are available at https://covid19-bayesian.fz-juelich.de. The predictions are based on data from the Robert Koch Institute, which are statistically analysed using a new model weighted by probability that was developed by Osnabrück’s neuroinformatics scientists on high-performance computers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC).

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  • 23. September 2020, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Symbioses in Aquatic Environments

    23 September 2020/Kiel. Organisms live in symbiosis on land and under water, a very special partnership, where one partner depends on the other. The Aquatic Symbiosis Project, a major international study led by the British Wellcome Sanger Institute, seeks to decipher the genetic codes of 1,000 aquatic species representing 500 symbiotic partnerships. The international consortium, with involvement of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, expects that these investigations will provide new insights into the complex and multi-layered symbiotic life forms.

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  • 23. September 2020, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    Major wind-driven ocean currents are shifting toward the poles

    The severe droughts in the USA and Australia are the first sign that the tropics, and their warm temperatures, are apparently expanding in the wake of climate change. But until now, scientists have been unable to conclusively explain the reasons for this, because they were mostly focusing on atmospheric processes. Now, experts at the AWI have solved the puzzle: the alarming expansion of the tropics is not caused by processes in the atmosphere, but quite simply by warming subtropical ocean. 

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  • 22. September 2020, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Improved models show stronger climate change signal in the tropical Atlantic

    22 September 2020/Kiel. Climate models can only provide an approximation to the real world. Some models still suffer from relatively large biases in the sea surface temperatures of the tropical Atlantic. A new study by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel shows that in a model with higher resolution the errors in the tropical Atlantic are much smaller relative a model of the same family employing coarse resolution. In addition, climate change projections with the high-resolution model show more pronounced changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation in this region. The results have now been published in the international journal npj Climate and Atmospheric Science.

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  • 22. September 2020, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Material and Coastal Research (HZG)
    Aview from space

    Workshop on satellite remote sensing in the Baltic Sea region with HZG and ESA

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  • 22. September 2020, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Vaccination against altered proteins could prevent cancer development

    Cancer types in which a defect in genetic repair is given are characterized by a particularly high number of mutations. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg University Hospital, the University of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have now succeeded in identifying mutations in these tumors that are identical in numerous patients and which also lead to altered protein structures. Vaccinations against these altered proteins could in future prevent the development of these forms of cancer if they are proven in clinical studies.

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