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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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  • 30. October 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    X-ray microscopy at BESSY II reveals how antimalaria-drugs might work

    Malaria is one of the most threatening infectious diseases in the world. An international team has now been able to investigate malaria pathogens in red blood cells in vivo using the BESSY II X-ray microscope and the ALBA and ESRF synchrotron sources. The scientists reveal the mechanisms used by active substances to attack the pathogen. This could contribute to improve treatment strategies and drug design.

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  • 30. October 2019, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Pesticides: Improved effect prediction of low toxicant concentrations

    Toxic substances such as pesticides can cause effects on sensitive individuals in concentrations up to ten thousand times lower than previously assumed. This was shown by Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in their latest study published in Scientific Reports. For understanding these results, one must consider that the level of stress plays an important role. Most surprisingly: not only too much, but also too little stress can lead to a higher sensitivity to toxicants!

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  • 29. October 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Intuitive in the virtual reality

    Through the crafty use of magnetic fields, scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Johannes Kepler University in Linz have developed the first electronic sensor that can simultaneously process both touchless and tactile stimuli. Prior attempts have so far failed to combine these functions on a single device due to overlapping signals of the various stimuli. As the sensor is readily applied to the human skin, it could provide a seamless interactive platform for virtual and augmented reality scenarios. The researchers have published their results in the scientific journal Nature Communications (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-12303-5).

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  • 28. October 2019, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    UV Satellite Will Open New View on Exploding Stars and Black Holes

    A new space telescope will open up an unprecedented view of the universe in ultraviolet light: The Israeli ULTRASAT satellite will provide fundamental new insights into high-energy phenomena such as supernova explosions, colliding neutron stars and active black holes. DESY will build the 100-megapixel UV camera for the space telescope.

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  • 28. October 2019, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    An overlooked piece of the solar dynamo puzzle

    A previously unobserved mechanism is at work in the Sun’s rotating plasma: a magnetic instability, which scientists had thought was physically impossible under these conditions. The effect might even play a crucial role in the formation of the Sun’s magnetic field, say researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the University of Leeds and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) in the journal Physical Review Fluids (DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.103905).

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  • 27. October 2019, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    Dark Matter search enters new chapter

    The international ALPS II (“Any light particle search”) collaboration installed the first of 24 superconducting magnets today, marking the start of the installation of a unique particle physics experiment to look for dark matter. Located at the German research centre DESY in Hamburg, it is set to start taking data in 2021 by looking for dark matter particles that literally make light shine through a wall, thus providing clues to one of the biggest questions in physics today: what is the nature of dark matter?

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  • 25. October 2019, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
    A Protein that Pulls the Brake on Nerve Growth

    DZNE scientists have identified a protein that regulates the growth of nerve fibers by pulling a brake.

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  • 25. October 2019, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    How much methane is released by the ocean?

    25 October 2019/Kiel. Methane (CH4) is a strong greenhouse gas that has both anthropogenic and natural sources. The ocean also plays an important role. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications by American and German scientists, involving GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel shows that the uncertainties in global oceanic methane emissions can be reduced by two thirds.

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  • 25. October 2019, Helmholtz Head Office
    Helmholtz International Fellow Award presented to five outstanding scientists

    With research subjects covering photovoltaics, Earth system science, motor neuron disease, the origins of the universe, and the health risks of climate change, five outstanding international scientists have now been honored with the Helmholtz International Fellow Award in the second round of this year’s nominations.

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  • 25. October 2019, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Fighting the herpes virus

    New insights into preventing herpes infections have been published in Nature Communications. Researchers from the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) at the MDC used single-cell RNA sequencing to better understand the viral infections.

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