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  • 13. August 2019, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Greenhouses with “Sunroofs” and Solar Dryers for the 21st Century

    Jülich, 13 August 2019 – Using renewable energy to secure the food supply and utilize land intelligently in West Africa’s tropical climate is the aim of a German–African research project in which Forschungszentrum Jülich is involved. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing funding of approximately € 2 million to the project. Parliamentary State Secretary and member of the German Bundestag Thomas Rachel today presented the official notification of the funding at Forschungszentrum Jülich to Prof. Harald Bolt from Jülich’s Board of Directors, project coordinator Dr. Solomon Agbo, and further project partners.

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  • 13. August 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Material and Coastal Research (HZG)
    Black Sea: New Structure

    Warmer winters are starting to alter the structure of the Black Sea, which could foreshadow how ocean compositions might shift from future climate change, according to new research.

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  • 12. August 2019, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    First indication of possible role of blood coagulation in lung carcinogenesis

    Thrombophilia promotes the progression and metastasis of lung cancer. Up to now, it was not known whether coagulation is also conducive to tumorigenesis. For the first time, researchers from the German Cancer Research Center have now identified a possible role of blood coagulation in the development of lung cancer.

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  • 12. August 2019, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Schrödinger's Cat with 20 Qubits

    Jülich, 13 August 2019 – Dead or alive, left-spinning or right-spinning - in the quantum world particles such as the famous analogy of Schrödinger's cat can be all these things at the same time. An international team, including researchers from several leading American universities, together with experts from Forschungszentrum Jülich, have now succeeded in transforming 20 entangled quantum bits into such a state of superposition. The generation of such atomic Schrödinger cat states is regarded as an important step in the development of quantum computers which could outperform classical computers in solving certain tasks. The results were published in Science last Friday.

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  • 08. August 2019, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    KIT Climate and Environment Center Funds Film for Schlosslichtspiele

    On the Occasion of Its 10th Anniversary, the KIT Climate and Environment Center Has Funded a Film that Will Be Presented from August 8

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  • 08. August 2019, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Stony corals: Limits of adaption

    08 August 2019 / Kiel. Corals have been dominant framework builders of reef structures for millions of years, creating habitats for a diverse community of species. It is well known that ocean acidification, which is intensifying as climate change progresses, is increasingly affecting coral growth. Scientists from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the University of California have now answered some questions regarding whether and how corals can adapt to these changes by having gained important insights into the regulatory processes of coral calcification. The results have been published today in the international journal Nature Communications.

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  • 08. August 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Material and Coastal Research (HZG)
    Climate Change and Land: An IPCC special report

    on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems

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  • 07. August 2019, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    A genetic chaperone for healthy aging?

    Researchers at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) have identified an epigenetic mechanism that appears to strongly influence healthy aging. It’s a protein that controls muscle integrity, lifespan and levels of an essential sugar. How does one protein have that much power?

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  • 07. August 2019, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)
    Polarstern departs for the Arctic

    On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern will leave her homeport in Bremerhaven. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait, where experts from various disciplines are investigating all aspects of the ecosystem, from the water’s surface to the ocean depths, in order to determine the impacts of climate change on biodiversity in the Arctic. After roughly a month underway, in mid-September Polarstern will reach the Norwegian port of Tromsø, where she’ll receive her final preparations for the one-year-long MOSAiC expedition, prior to leaving for the Central Arctic on 20 September.

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  • 06. August 2019, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
    Bonn Researchers Identify Key Proteins for the Repair of Nerve Fibers

    Scientists at the DZNE have identified a group of proteins that help to regenerate damaged nerve cells. Their findings are reported in the journal “Neuron”.

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