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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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  • 21. August 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Materials research: Thanks to a world record in tomography, synchrotron radiation can be used to watch how metal foam forms

    An international research team at the Swiss Light Source (SLS) has set a new tomography world record using a rotary sample table developed at the HZB. With 208 three-dimensional tomographic X-ray images per second, they were able to document the dynamic processes involved in the foaming of liquid aluminium. The method is presented in the journal Nature Communications.

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  • 20. August 2019, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    For diversity, open-mindedness, tolerance, and democracy.

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  • 19. August 2019, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Protein aggregation: relevant not only for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

    Jülich / Düsseldorf, 21 August 2019 – Amyloid fibrils play a crucial role in neurodegenerative illnesses. Scientists from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and Forschungszentrum Jülich have now been able to use cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to decode the spatial structure of the fibrils that are formed from PI3K SH3 domains – an important model system for research. Although the fibrils examined are not themselves connected with an illness, the findings made and methods developed could serve to understand diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The study has now been published in the journal Nature Communications.

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  • 17. August 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Steve Albrecht wins the 2019 Karl Scheel Prize

    This year's Karl Scheel Prize from the Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin honours Steve Albrecht of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie for his work in the field of highly efficient tandem solar cell absorbers made of metal-halide perovskites.

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  • 16. August 2019, Helmholtz Head Office
    Helmholtz to fund three citizen science projects

    Three projects involving citizen scientists have been awarded up to 100,000 euros per year. Helmholtz will be funding them for three years through the President’s Initiative and Networking Fund. The pilot projects were chosen in a competition reviewed by external experts in the field of citizen science.

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  • 16. August 2019, Helmholtz Head Office
    Six German-Russian research groups receive three years of funding

    Helmholtz and the Russian Science Foundation (RSF) have jointly selected research groups for the Helmholtz-RSF Joint Research Groups funding program for the third time. For a period of three years, each of the six groups will receive annual funding of up to 130,000 euros from the Helmholtz Initiative and Networking Fund and an equal amount of funding from the RSF.

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  • 16. August 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    A laser for penetrating waves

    The "Landau-level laser" is an exciting concept for an unusual radiation source. It has the potential to efficiently generate so-called terahertz waves, which can be used to penetrate materials as well as for future data transmission. So far, however, nearly all attempts to make such a laser reality have failed. An international team of researchers has now taken an important step in the right direction: In the journal Nature Photonics (DOI: 10.1038/s41566-019-0496-1), they describe a material that generates terahertz waves by simply applying an electric current. Physicists from the German research center Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) played a significant role in this project.

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  • 14. August 2019, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    Microplastic drifting down with the snow

    Over the past several years, microplastic particles have repeatedly been detected in seawater, drinking water, and even in animals. But these minute particles are also transported by the atmosphere and subsequently washed out of the air, especially by snow – and even in such remote regions as the Arctic and the Alps. This was demonstrated in a study conducted by experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute and at the Swiss WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, recently published in the journal Science Advances.

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  • 14. August 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    AI to Predict the Protein Structure

    Determination of the Protein Structure Has Been Difficult and Expensive so Far. KIT Researchers Have Now Developed a More Efficient Method.

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  • 14. August 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Archaeology at BESSY II: “Invisible ink” on antique Nile papyrus revealed by multiple methods

    Researchers from the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, Berlin universities and Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin studied a small piece of papyrus that was excavated on the island of Elephantine on the River Nile a little over 100 years ago. The team used serval methods including non-destructive techniques at BESSY II. The researchers work, reported in the Journal of Cultural Heritage, blazes a trail for further analyses of the papyrus collection in Berlin.

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