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Planet Research: Is the Moon a Child of Mother Earth?

Scientists know quite a bit about the Moon by now. They know its diameter, its circumference, its distance from Earth, and they know exactly how long it takes for it to revolve around the Earth. Regarding how it originated, however, scientists are still trying to solve the puzzle, despite the fact that numerous discoveries have been made in the meantime.


Foto: André Künzelmann/ UFZ

Portrait: Hitchhiking around the world – plants conquer new continents

One-fourth of the flora locally consists of plants whose home is actually located in other countries. Even our beloved potatoes and tomatoes are like that. Ingolf Kühn is conducting research to answer the question why these plants feel so much at home here and whether they are creating problems for our ecosystem.


Marine Animals: One size smaller

A research group led by the US scientist Craig McClain put together reliable data regarding the dimensions of marine life. Their results now cast doubt on some lore.


HELMHOLTZ extreme: A garden more than 5,000 metres under the ocean

When the scientists at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute talk about their HAUSGARTEN, they are not referring to the garden behind the Institute – they are talking about a multi-disciplinary observatory in the Arctic deep sea.


Diabetes: The lifestyle epidemic

Diabetes is afflicting more and more people – by now at least six million in Germany alone. But what doctors know today is not yet sufficient to get a grip on diabetes mellitus.


Points of view: Keeping pace with the times?

For some, they are important aids in the daily routine, but for others, they are ominous surveillance tools. Wearables - minicomputers hidden in our apparel - are conquering new territories - step by step - in our daily lives. For our benefit? Two points of view.


Interview: “There are endless possibilities”

Anyone can transcribe the genetic code of bacterial cells in his kitchen at home, says biohacker and research scientist Rüdiger Trojok.


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