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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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  • 17. October 2017, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Missing link between new topological phases of matter discovered

    HZB - Physicists at BESSY II have investigated a class of materials that exhibit characteristics of topological insulators. During these studies they discovered a transition between two different topological phases, one of which is ferroelectric, meaning a phase in the material that exhibits spontaneous electric polarisation and can be reversed by an external electric field. This could lead to new applications such as switching between differing conductivities.

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  • 17. October 2017, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Rivers carry plastic debris into the sea

    Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic debris ends up in the sea - a global environmental problem with unforeseeable ecological consequences. The path taken by plastic to reach the sea must be elucidated before it will be possible to reduce the volume of plastic input. To date, there was only little information available on this. It has now been followed up by an interdisciplinary research team who were able to show that plastic debris is primarily carried into the sea by large rivers.

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  • 16. October 2017, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
    MDC receives funding to collaborate on Human Cell Atlas

    The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin is participating as a research partner in the Human Cell Atlas (HCA). The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has now announced that it will provide financial support for the HCA’s sub-project “Towards a Human Cardiac Cell Atlas.”

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  • 16. October 2017, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
    Predictions by GSI scientists now confirmed: Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected

    Central predictions by GSI scientists on the formation of heavy elements such as gold and platinum in the universe have now been observed astrophysically. For the first time gravitational waves of merging neutron stars were detected. This also puts further focus on the future accelerator facility FAIR, as conditions for further research on neutron stars can be simulated there.

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  • 16. October 2017, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Quantum Simulator: First Functioning Component

    Superconducting Quantum Simulator Outperforms Conventional Computer and May Simulate Complex Biological Processes, such as Plant Metabolism

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