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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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  • 03. July 2020, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    Rising water temperatures threaten the reproduction of many fish species

    Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have published ground-breaking findings on the effects of climate change for fish stocks around the globe. As they report today in the Journal Science, the risks to fish are much higher than previously assumed, essentially due to the fact that some life stages are extremely sensitive to warming. The most critical bottleneck in the lifecycle of fish is their low heat tolerance during reproduction. In other words, the water temperature in their spawning areas determines to a great extent how successfully they reproduce, making fish particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – not only in the ocean, but also in lakes, ponds and rivers. According to the researchers’ analyses, if left unabated, climate change and rising water temperatures will negatively affect the reproduction of up to 60 percent of all fish species. 

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  • 02. July 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    National Research Data Infrastructure: Funding of Three Consortia with KIT Participation

    Chemistry, engineering sciences, and catalysis research successful in first round of calls

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  • 02. July 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    New Candidate for Raw Material Synthesis Through Gene Transfer

    “Natural gene transfer” into a multicellular cyanobacterium: Phormidium lacuna lends itself to fundamental research and biotechnical applications

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  • 01. July 2020, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    Binary star as a cosmic particle accelerator

    With a specialised telescope in Namibia a DESY-led team of researchers has proven a certain type of binary star as a new kind of source for very high-energy cosmic gamma-radiation. Eta Carinae is located 7500 lightyears away in the constellation Carina (the ship’s keel) in the Southern Sky and, based on the data collected, emits gamma rays with energies all the way up to 400 gigaelectronvolts, as the scientists report in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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  • 30. June 2020, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    An Experienced Helmholtzian: Dr. Heike Wolke is appointed acting Administrative Director

    Engineer Dr. Heike Wolke will take over as acting Administrative Director of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) on July 1, 2020. She is replacing Dr. Ulrich Breuer, who is scheduled the same day to take the position as Administrative Director of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH and the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research in Europe GmbH (FAIR). The HZDR statutes stipulate that the Board of Directors must always consist of two members. The research center’s Supervisory Board has therefore asked Heike Wolke to take over provisionally until the official search for Ulrich Breuer’s successor has been completed. The HZDR’s Board of Directors’ ability to act is therefore ensured.

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  • 30. June 2020, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    Beavers gnawing away at the permafrost

    Alaska’s beavers are profiting from climate change, and spreading rapidly. In just a few years’ time, they have not only expanded into many tundra regions where they’d never been seen before; they’re also building more and more dams in their new homes, creating a host of new water bodies. This could accelerate the thawing of the permafrost soils, and therefore intensify climate change, as an International American-German research team reports in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

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  • 29. June 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Human Brain Project announces new phase

    Jülich, 29 June 2020 – The Human Brain Project (HBP) announces the start of its final phase as an EU-funded FET Flagship. The European Commission has signed a grant agreement to fund the HBP with 150 million Euros from now until 2023. Over the next three years, the project will narrow its focus to advance three core scientific areas – brain networks, their role in consciousness, and artificial neural nets – while expanding its innovative EBRAINS infrastructure. EBRAINS offers the most comprehensive atlas and database on the human brain, directly coupled with powerful computing and simulation tools, to research communities around neuroscience, medicine and technology. Currently transitioning into a sustainable infrastructure, EBRAINS will remain available to the scientific community, as a lasting contribution of the HBP to global scientific progress.

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  • 26. June 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Phishing Campaigns and Their Pitfalls

    Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Bochum University Analyze the Effect of Feigned Phishing Mails to Sensitize Staff

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  • 26. June 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    How ApoE4 endangers the brain

    Apolipoprotein E4 is considered the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A group of researchers, led by MDC scientist Thomas Willnow, has now discovered how ApoE4 can damage the brain.

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  • 26. June 2020, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species

    In a new study, scientists from around the world warn that the threats posed by invasive alien species are increasing. They say that urgent action is required in order to prevent, detect, and control invaders at both local and global levels. 

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