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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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  • 15. June 2018, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
    Why the tongue of the Pine Island Glacier suddenly shrank

    The Pine Island Glacier in Western Antarctica is not only one of the fastest-flowing ice streams in the Southern Hemisphere; over the past eleven years, four major icebergs have calved from its floating tongue. In February 2017, researchers on board the German research icebreaker Polarstern successfully mapped an area of seafloor previously covered by shelf ice. A comparison of these new maps with satellite images of the ice stream reveals why the glacier suddenly retreated toward the coast: at important points, it had lost contact with the ground, as the experts report in the online journal The Cryosphere, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. 

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  • 14. June 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Perovskite-silicon solar cell research collaboration hits 25.2% efficiency

    A 1 cm 2 perovskite silicon tandem solar cell achieves an independently certified efficiency of 25.2 %. This was presented this week at an international conference in Hawaii, USA. The cell was developed jointly by HZB, Oxford University and Oxford PV - The Perovskite Company TM .

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  • 14. June 2018, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    Helmholtz Association supports ATHENA with 29.99m euro grant

    ATHENA (“Accelerator Technology HElmholtz iNfrAstructure”) is a new research and development platform focusing on accelerator technologies and drawing on the resources of all six Helmholtz accelerator institutions (DESY, Jülich Research Centre, Helmholtz Centre Berlin, Helmholtz Centre Dresden-Rossendorf HZDR, KIT and GSI with the Helmholtz Institute of Jena). The Helmholtz Association has now decided to pay almost 30 million euros towards ATHENA as a strategic development project. “This decision demonstrates the Helmholtz Association’s strong commitment to developing and supplying ground-breaking new accelerator technologies for solving the future challenges faced by society,” says Helmut Dosch, who is the Chairman of DESY’s Board of Directors and also the spokesperson for the Helmholtz Association’s research division Matter. 

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  • 13. June 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Alliance Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Björn Rau joins Management Board

    The General Meeting of Alliance for Builiding Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) has unanimously elected physicist and photovoltaic expert Dr. Björn Rau, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, to the BIPV Management Board.

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  • 12. June 2018, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Travel Stress can Train Bioinvaders

    12 June 2018 / Kiel. The global shipping of goods helps more and more marine species to reach new ecosystems. Students of the GAME programme at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have now found evidence that ships could not only serve as vectors, but that they can also train organisms to survive stress while invading new habitats. The study has recently been published in the international journal Biological Invasions.

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  • 12. June 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    SOLUTIONS - for improved water quality in Europe’s rivers

    Many of Europe’s rivers contain mixtures of chemicals that are harmful to algae and aquatic life. Although the concentrations of some pollutants are monitored in the EU’s water bodies, there are doubts as to whether monitoring focuses on the right substances and what role is played by transformation products and combinations of substances. In the European project SOLUTIONS, a team of researchers led by the UFZ has developed tools, methods and practical solutions for identifying substances that require priority treatment, assessing the risk posed by chemical mixtures, and minimising the pollution burden. At the final conference in Leipzig, project members from 39 institutions in 14 European countries as well as China, Brazil and Australia met to discuss their results with stakeholders and end users from government and public authorities.

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  • 11. June 2018, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Further Drivers of Ocean Deoxygenation identified

    11 June 2018 / Kiel. Measurements as well as model calculations equally show that the oxygen inventory of the oceans is decreasing. However, the models underestimate this decrease significantly making projections into the future problematic. In a study published today in the international journal Nature Geoscience, four GEOMAR researchers reveal the gaps in the models and identify further, previously underestimated drivers for the deoxygenation.

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  • 08. June 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    Malaria: Cooperating antibodies enhance immune response

    Malaria is one of the most inflicting infectious diseases worldwide. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, Germany, and from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, have studied how the human immune system combats malaria infections. In this study, the researchers discovered a previously unnoticed characteristic of antibodies against the malaria parasite: They can cooperate with each other, thus binding even stronger to the pathogens and improving the immune response. The results, now published in Science, are expected to help develop a more effective vaccine against the disease.

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  • 08. June 2018, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health
    Adenovirus hijacks cellular waste removal system

    Human adenoviruses (HAdV) are able to seize control of the central waste disposal system of cells and reprogram it to their own advantage. As researchers from the Helmholtz Zentrum München report in the Journal of Virology, such a hostile takeover can have numerous repercussions, including programmed cell death and uncontrolled cellular division.

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  • 07. June 2018, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Turbocharge for Lithium Batteries

    Jülich, 8 June 2018 – A team of material researchers from Jülich, Munich, and Prague has succeeded in producing a composite material that is particularly suited for electrodes in lithium batteries. The nanocomposite material might help to significantly increase the storage capacity and lifetime of batteries as well as their charging speed. The researchers have published their findings in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

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