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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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  • 12. February 2020, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    X-ray microscopy at BESSY II: Nanoparticles can change cells

    Nanoparticles easily enter into cells. New insights about how they are distributed and what they do there are shown for the first time by high-resolution 3D microscopy images from BESSY II. For example, certain nanoparticles accumulate preferentially in certain organelles of the cell. This can increase the energy costs in the cell. "The cell looks like it has just run a marathon, apparently, the cell requires energy to absorb such nanoparticles" says lead author James McNally.

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  • 12. February 2020, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Overweight from cosmetics

    Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetics. If pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens that remain on the skin for protracted periods, this may have consequences for their child's subsequent weight development. This is demonstrated in a study published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in collaboration with colleagues from Leipzig University, Charité University Hospital in Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH). Based on data from the LINA mother-child study, they were further able to identify epigenetic modifications that are triggered by parabens and interfere with the natural regulation of satiety in the brain.

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  • 10. February 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Mass spectrometry for precision medicine

    Research groups from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) are joining forces with other Berlin-based partners. Pooling their experience and outstanding expertise in the field of mass spectrometry, they will form a new ‘Forschungskern’ or ‘research core’.

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  • 10. February 2020, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Scientists warn humanity about worldwide insect decline, and suggest ways to recognise

    Insect declines and extinctions are accelerating in many parts of the world. With this comes the disappearance of irreplaceable services to humans, the consequences of which are unpredictable. A group of scientists from across the globe including Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) has united to warn humanity of such dangers. Engaging civil society and policy makers is essential for the future and mutual well-being both of people and insects. In addition to mitigating climate change, an important aspect of the solution involves setting aside high-quality and manageable portions of land for conservation, and transforming global agricultural practices to promote species co-existence.

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  • 10. February 2020, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Scientists warn humanity about worldwide insect decline, and suggest ways to recognise

    Insect declines and extinctions are accelerating in many parts of the world. With this comes the disappearance of irreplaceable services to humans, the consequences of which are unpredictable. A group of scientists from across the globe including Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) has united to warn humanity of such dangers. Engaging civil society and policy makers is essential for the future and mutual well-being both of people and insects. In addition to mitigating climate change, an important aspect of the solution involves setting aside high-quality and manageable portions of land for conservation, and transforming global agricultural practices to promote species co-existence.

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  • 07. February 2020, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    Battery research: Using neutrons and X-rays to analyse the ageing of lithium batteries

    An international team has used neutron and X-ray tomography to investigate the dynamic processes that lead to capacity degradation at the electrodes in lithium batteries. Using a new mathematical method, it was possible to virtually unwind electrodes that had been wound into the form of a compact cylinder, and thus actually observe the processes on the surfaces of the electrodes. The study was published in Nature Communications.

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  • 06. February 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Dorothea Wagner to Chair the Council of Science and Humanities

    The Computer Scientist of KIT Is the Third Woman Elected to Chair Germany’s Most Important Advisory Body in Research Policy

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  • 05. February 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    A close-up look at mutated DNA in cancer cells

    PCAWG, the largest cancer research consortium in the world, has set itself the task of improving our understanding of genetic mutations in tumors. A new study by the international research group, to which the MDC substantially contributed, is now being published in the journal Nature.

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  • 05. February 2020, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    BIH, MDC und Charité launch a new research focus

    Single cell technologies for Personalized Medicine – The Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB) of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are launching a joint research initiative.

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  • 05. February 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Excessive Sports in Case of Eating Disorders: Psychological Mechanisms Decoded

    Results Reveal Major Implications for Prevention and Therapy – Publication in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

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