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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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  • 06. October 2020, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
    The new heavy isotope mendelevium-244 and a puzzling short-lived fission activity

    Gaining a better understanding of the limiting factors for the existence of stable, superheavy elements is a decade-old quest of chemistry and physics. Superheavy elements, as are called the chemical elements with atomic numbers greater than 103, do not occur in nature and are produced artificially with particle accelerators. They vanish within seconds. A team of scientists from GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Helmholtz-Institute Mainz (HI

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  • 06. October 2020, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Arctic sea ice: A look back into the future

    06.10.2020/Kiel. In mid-September the areal extension of Arctic sea ice reached its annual minimum. Since the beginning of satellite observations in the late 1970s only in 2012 a smaller extent was recorded. An international team of scientists in cooperation with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel has now investigated the sea ice extent shortly after the end of the last ice age, when temperatures in the Arctic were similar to present. The results were published in the international journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS).

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  • 06. October 2020, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Material and Coastal Research (HZG)
    Migration of contaminants to the Antarctic inland

    Legacy and emerging organic pollutants detected in the Antarctic snow

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  • 05. October 2020, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
    Hunting for the lowest known nuclear-excited state

    Nuclear clocks could make our time measurement even more accurate than atomic clocks. The key to this lies in thorium-229, an atomic nucleus whose lowest excited state has very low energy. A research team from the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at the University of Heidelberg, TU Wien, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM), and GSI Helmholtzzentrum in Darmstadt has now succeeded in measuring this low energy. Using an extremely accurate detector, it was possible ...

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  • 05. October 2020, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Efficient pollen identification

    From pollen forecasting, honey analysis and climate-related changes in plant-pollinator interactions, analysing pollen plays an important role in many areas of research. Microscopy is still the gold standard, but it is very time consuming and requires considerable expertise. In cooperation with Technische Universität (TU) Ilmenau, scientists from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) have now developed a method that allows them to efficiently automate the process of pollen analysis. Their study has been published in the specialist journal New Phytologist.

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  • 02. October 2020, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    "Our world is the ocean"

    02.10.2020/Kiel. Climate researcher Professor Dr. Katja Matthes took over the scientific leadership of GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel on 1 October. Today, during the official handover ceremony, Professor Matthes outlined the plans for a new research strategy that focuses on the relationship between humans and the sea.

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  • 02. October 2020, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    Searching for the chemistry of life

    In the search for the chemical origins of life, researchers have found a possible alternative path for the emergence of the characteristic DNA pattern: According to the experiments, the characteristic DNA base pairs can form by dry heating, without water or other solvents. The team led by Ivan Halasz from the Ruđer Bošković Institute and Ernest Meštrović from the pharmaceutical company Xellia presents its observations from DESY's X-ray source PETRA III in the journal Chemical Communications.

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  • 01. October 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Synthetic Cells: Controlling Shapes and Movements

    Jülich/Zurich, 1 October 2020. Living cells are anything but rigid structures. They can take on many different forms, in order to move around, worm their way through narrow spaces, or to absorb nutrients. Pathogens, such as the food-borne germ Listeria monocytogenes or the plague-related bacterium Yersinia pseudotuberculosis use these abilities for active locomotion to penetrate healthy tissue, for instance. Scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich and ETH Zurich have now studied the physical principles of these complex processes using a new synthetic model system. The results help to better understand biological processes and could be important for the development of synthetic cells, which might one day serve as miniature factories or work as micro-robots.

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  • 01. October 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Talent Scout in the Cell Factory

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  • 01. October 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Together we see more

    Jülich, 1. Oktober 2020 – The University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich have founded a joint Center for Earth System Observation and Computational Analysis (CESOC). This creates a high-profile international focal point in the Rhineland for global Earth system observation with the aim of making strides toward a comprehensive understanding of our planet and better predicting changes.

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