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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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  • 25. April 2018, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    DLR and Dassault sign purchase contract for the flight test vehicle iSTAR

    On 25 April 2018, at the Berlin Air Show ILA 2018, DLR and Dassault signed the purchase contract for a Falcon 2000 LX twinjet in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The agreement involves the delivery of the aircraft and its conversion into the flight test vehicle iSTAR (in-flight Systems and Technology Airborne Research) by 2020.

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  • 25. April 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    HI-SCORE international research school: Kick Off Meeting in Berlin

    The international research school on solar energy promotes exchange between Germany and Israel and excellent conditions for PhD students. With a two day kick off meeting at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) the Helmholtz International Research School HI-SCORE on solar energy research has started. To accomplish this, HZB is collaborating with the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, the Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion) in Haifa, and three Israeli universities as well as universities in Berlin and Potsdam. The project is funded by the Helmholtz Association.

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  • 24. April 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
    Potential new drugs from previously unknown tropical fungus

    New substances are showing antagonistic activity towards roundworms and germs. Fungi are playing a crucial role in the search for new active compounds: As a rich source of metabolic products with selective biological activity, they can be used for the development of new drugs. The so-called mycobiota of tropical countries offers a great potential – the fungi in a habitat with an immense biodiversity that still remains widely unexplored. In the past years, substances ...

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  • 24. April 2018, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
    AWI researchers measure a record concentration of microplastic in arctic sea ice

    Experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), have recently found higher amounts of microplastic in arctic sea ice than ever before. However, the majority of particles were microscopically small. The ice samples from five regions throughout the Arctic Ocean contained up to 12,000 microplastic particles per litre of sea ice. Further, the different types of plastic showed a unique footprint in the ice allowing the researchers to trace them back to possible sources. This involves the massive garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean, while in turn, the high percentage of paint and nylon particles pointed to the intensified shipping and fishing activities in some parts of the Arctic Ocean. The new study has just been released in the journal Nature Communications.   

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  • 23. April 2018, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
    Laboratory animal report for 2017

    At the MDC, researchers from around the world are analyzing how the body works, both when it is healthy and when it is ill. This often requires the use of animal studies. The MDC has now submitted its 2017 laboratory animal report to the Berlin State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo).

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  • 23. April 2018, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health
    Fluorescent dye could enable sharper biological imaging

    Recently, Dr. Oliver Bruns joined the new Helmholtz Pioneer Campus, where he aims to visualize processes in living organisms. Together with his former colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he demonstrates how this might succeed. In a recent 'PNAS' publication they combined an already approved fluorescent dye with latest technology and received remarkable images.

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  • 23. April 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Climate change intensifies droughts in Europe

    Global warming will exacerbate soil droughts in Europe - droughts will last longer, affect greater areas, and have an impact on more people. If the earth warms by three degrees Celsius, extreme events - such as the drought which struck large parts of Europe in 2003 - could become the normal state in the future. This scenario was described in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change by an international team of authors comprised of scientists coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). For the first time, the researchers explained how a global temperature rise of one to three degrees Celsius can have a significant impact on the distribution of soil droughts throughout Europe.

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  • 20. April 2018, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Research aircraft, uncrewed flight, experiments for the Space Station and an Antarctic greenhouse

    The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will present its latest projects and research results at the ILA Berlin Air Show from 25 to 29 April 2018. Again one of the largest institutional exhibitors in 2018, DLR will provide fascinating insights into its current research on an approximately 700-square-metre stand in Hall 4, in the Space Pavilion, on the stand of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) in Hall 2, and at the ILA CareerCenter in Hall 1.

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  • 19. April 2018, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
    A complete cell atlas and lineage tree of the immortal flatworm

    From one stem cell to many differentiated body cells: Scientists from the MDC in Berlin, along with collaborating researchers in Munich, have published a comprehensive lineage tree of a whole adult animal in the journal Science. This was made possible by a combination of RNA and computational technologies.

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  • 19. April 2018, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Hyperspectral instrument DESIS en route to International Space Station in 2018

    The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the United States corporation Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) are announcing the completion of the development and manufacturing process of the DESIS hardware.

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