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  • 18. February 2020, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    Increased greenhouse-gas emissions due to abrupt permafrost thaw

    The permafrost regions of the Arctic, often referred to as nature’s iceboxes, contain tremendous amounts of carbon, mainly in the form of animal and vegetable matter accumulated in frozen soils over millennia. Yet microorganisms break down this matter as soon as the frozen soil begins to thaw, releasing the harmful greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide. An international team of researchers has now determined that rapid thaw processes have a significant influence on the amount and types of gases released but were not considered in permafrost emission estimates so far. As they report in the journal Nature Geoscience, abrupt thaw processes, which are possible in ca. five percent of all Arctic permafrost landscapes, could potentially increase total emissions by 40 percent – a factor that has yet to be considered in current climate models. 

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  • 17. February 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Cutting off kidney cancer at its roots

    Scientists at the MDC have discovered stem cells responsible for the most common form of kidney cancer. The team of Walter Birchmeier has found a way to block the growth of these tumors in three models of the disease.

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  • 17. February 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    What statins do to muscles

    Muscle pain and cramps are common side effects of statins. As an MDC and Charité research group now reports in Scientific Reports, the cholesterol reducers actually influence thousands of genes in muscle cells – thereby hindering cell growth and division.

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  • 14. February 2020, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
    A good blood supply is good for memory

    Memory performance and other cognitive abilities benefit from a good blood supply to the brain. DZNE researchers report on this in the journal “BRAIN”.

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  • 14. February 2020, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    Call for tender procedure for the construction of a successor to the icebreaker Polarstern has been cancelled.

    The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) today cancelled the Europe-wide call for tenders for the procurement of a new polar research vessel, Polarstern II, for legal reasons. In times of unresolved climate issues, the research mission of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) can only be fulfilled in the long term with a modern icebreaker. This understanding is also shared by the BMBF. Therefore, we will work intensively with the BMBF to find a solution, which also aims to set up a new award procedure. Among other things, the experiences from the current MOSAiC expedition will be incorporated into the planning process in order to develop an icebreaker that is as future-proof, powerful and sustainable as possible.

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  • 13. February 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    New Series of Events: ENERGIE – Wende. Wandel. Wissen.

    KIT Scientists Discuss Energy Research and the Energy Transition with Interested Citizens

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  • 13. February 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    KIT at the City Hall: Cities and Weather Extremes

    The KIT Climate and Environment Center Presents Its Research

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  • 13. February 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Quantum Bit from High Temperature Superconductor

    Jülich, 13 February 2020 - Although they were actually pursuing a different goal, scientists from Jülich, Münster and Moscow discovered a method that could one day pave the way for quantum computers to leave specialized laboratories behind and enter into much wider usage. The key to this is a material for qubits that does not need to be cooled to near absolute zero.

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  • 13. February 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    A Little Good Is Good Enough – Excuses and “Indulgence Effects” in Consumption

    KIT Study Shows that a Single Ethical Improvement Is Sufficient to No Longer Consider Other Aspects in Purchasing and Justify Immoral Behavior

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  • 13. February 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Climate Change: A Model to Forecast the Spread of Malaria

    KIT Team Develops New Forecast Model Based on Climate and Health Data – Part of the DFG Research Group that Studies Climate-induced Damage to Health in Africa

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