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  • 24. March 2017, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Use All Your Senses to Become Jülich’s SuperBrain

    Jülich, 23 March 2017 – Could you be Jülich’s SuperBrain? For the second year in succession Jülich’s Neighbourhood Dialogue is hosting a science slam. This is one outcome of the sixth meeting of the Neighbourhood Dialogue recently held in Jülich’s town hall. On 31 May, school pupils, trainees, and students of various age groups will once again descend upon the Kulturbahnhof to entertain the audience with original presentations and to carry off the hotly contested title of Jülich’s SuperBrain. This year’s topic is: “use all your senses”. All participants are therefore called upon to develop creative and gripping presentations on seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting. The event is free of charge for both participants and the audience. If you want to take an active part please register by 3 May with scienceslam@fh-aachen.de. The event is being organized by Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Campus Jülich), Forschungszentrum Jülich, and the schools taking part from the town of Jülich.

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  • 24. March 2017, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Big Data Approach to Predict Protein Structure

    Proteins Are a Basis of Life – Malfunctions May Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease – Repair Requires the Protein Structure to Be Known – Experimental Method Is Cumbersome

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  • 24. March 2017, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
    Preparatory construction activities are making headway at GSI/FAIR

    The construction of the FAIR accelerator facility is picking up speed. The preparatory work has now commenced for linking the existing accelerator systems of GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung to the new FAIR facility, which will take place later on. An important milestone here is the erection of two approximately 100-meter-long retaining walls that are up to eight meters tall. These walls are being built near GSI’s SIS18 accelerator ring, which will connect to the FAIR facility.

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  • 23. March 2017, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Sun at the push of a button

    The world's largest artificial Sun started shining in Jülich on 23 March 2017. Johannes Remmel, the North Rhine-Westphalia Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection, joined Georg Menzen of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie; BMWi) and Karsten Lemmer, Executive Board Member for Energy and Transportation at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), to inaugurate the new research facility Synlight.

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  • 23. March 2017, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Finding and understanding low cost catalysts: it all comes down to the iron

    A team has investigated more than one hundred iron-nickel catalysts containing various admixtures of chromium. At BESSY II, they also analysed the configurations of the electrons in the individual elements. The team showed that an increasing proportion of chromium primarily influences the energy levels of the iron electrons, which are important for the catalytic effect. The results of this high-throughput study will assist the knowledge-based search for better specific catalysts.

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