A tasty ingredient in sushi or an annoying nuisance in the garden pond - this is for what algae have been widely known so far. Scientists will not be satisfied by this limited view. They test their utilisation for filling up fuel tanks, for cosmetic products and even for space travel.
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The enzyme master
Dörte Rother has a vision: to leave behind an environment worth living in for our children. With this in mind, the biotechnologist at Forschungszentrum Jülich works meticulously on sustainable procedures to produce medicines. The principle imitates nature.
A photographer who loves icy conditions
It was love at first sight. One trip to the Arctic was all it took for photographer Esther Horvath to realize that this was where she wanted to spend her future career. So, she packed her suitcase, bid the Big Apple farewell, and set out for the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany.
On either side of the Mediterranean
The exchange of knowledge between Europe and Africa has previously been a one-way street – from north to south. A geoscience project now shows that traffic in the opposite direction also makes good sense.
Tweaking our climate
From droughts, to forest fires, to megastorms, the extreme weather we’ve seen in 2018 is becoming an increasing source of concern around the world. People are worried that climate change will be virtually unstoppable without drastic steps such as "climate engineering." But can the Earth really be cooled using artificial means?
"Act Now to Save the World"
Storms, heavy rainfall, droughts – we are all at risk from the disastrous consequences of global warming. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C spells it out clearly: We need to act right away.