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  • 24. February 2017, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Measuring the True Size of Gods and Giants

    With a Commercially Available Photocamera and the Know-how of KIT, Three-dimensional Computer Models of Gigantic Objects Are Produced

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  • 24. February 2017, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Karlsruher Gespräche zu Vielfalt, Demokratie und Populismus

    Dreitägige Veranstaltung thematisiert die pluralistische Gesellschaft und ihre Feinde – Festvortrag, öffentliches Symposium, Podiumsdiskussion und Kulturprogramm

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  • 23. February 2017, Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health
    T cells in babies give clues to who will develop type 1 diabetes

    Together with colleagues from Helmholtz Zentrum München, researchers at the DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) in Dresden introduce a new understanding of cellular mechanisms occurring in babies having a high risk of developing type 1 diabetes. The study was published in ‘Science Translational Medicine’.

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  • 22. February 2017, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    Watching marine science in real time

    The oceans' dimensions, the extent of their surface area and their volume, are gigantic. It is thus a tremendous task to survey them for data and to determine their current state. More and more, the range that can be covered by human researchers and their endurance are extended by instruments that are operated remotely and pre-programmed. The so-called Wave Gliders are part of this group. Surfboard-like buoys, propelled by wave energy, they can survey the sea surface for weeks or even months, carrying all kinds of sensors. The GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel now operates three Wave Gliders. From now on, their missions can be followed live on the internet platform “GEOMAR Navigator” (https://waveglider.geomar.de/navigator). “GEOMAR Navigator” makes its debut by showing the current missions of two Wave Gliders around a seamount near the Cape Verde Islands. The website provides courses, velocities and past tracks, but also weather data, additional data collected by the sensors of the Wave Gliders and background information on the respective research project. “The platform was primarily developed to enable those who are in charge of a wave glider mission to check mission parameters from their office, from their sofa at home or from a hotel room”, explains Patrick Leibold. Working as a programmer within the GEOMAR technology transfer working group, Leibold has developed “GEOMAR Navigator”.“In the end, however, anyone who is interested in the missions of our instruments can use the portal”, adds Dr. Warner Brückmann, head of technology transfer at GEOMAR. The two wave gliders that are currently active are part of cruise MSM61 of the German research vessel MARIA S. MERIAN. A whole set of different instruments is being used to enhance the understanding of the ecosystem around Senghor Seamount, a seamount north of the Cape Verde Island Sal. One of the two Wave Gliders used for the test mission belongs to GEOMAR and has already been used as a marine measurement platform in the vicinity of the Cape Verde Ocean Observatory (CVOO) on several occasions. The second one has been contributed by the Bremen Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM). As Leibold, who is currently on board of MARIA S. MERIAN for this mission, says: “For us, this cruise is an important trial to check whether the portal works and if it is easily handled by researchers.” The impulse for developing this portal and the funds for doing so were provided as part of a cooperation between GEOMAR and the state of Oman. In Oman, the newest GEOMAR wave glider will soon be used to survey for near-shore submarine groundwater discharge. “It is the aim of the project to better understand freshwater systems in the subsurface of coastal regions. For Oman, such an understanding is vital. Freshwater is a very scarce resource there, and a key factor for livelyhood. Mistakes in freshwater management might pose a threat to this resource”, Warner Brückman explains. Yet, the online portal developed within the Oman project will be open to all groups which operate Wave Gliders at GEOMAR. “And even more”, says Dr. Brückmann: “German marine research in general can benefit from this technology, as is shown by our very first test mission in collaboration with MARUM.”Note:The development of GEOMAR Navigator is funded by the Oman Research Council (TRC).   High-res images: Wave Gliders GEOMAR 2 (left) and MARUM on board RV MARIA S. MERIAN waiting for their launch. Photo: Sarah Kaehlert, GEOMARScreenshot of the "GEOMAR Navigator" .   Contact:Jan Steffen (GEOMAR, Communication & Media), Tel.: +49 431 600-2811, presse@geomar.de 

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  • 21. February 2017, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Tin in Photodiodes: the Next Step Towards Optical On-Chip Data Transmission

    Jülich, 21 February 2017 – Scientists have long been searching for a suitable solution to integrate optical components onto a computer chip. However, silicon and germanium alone – the material basis of chip production – are ill-suited as a light source. Together with international partners, Jülich physicists have now presented a diode which in addition to silicon and germanium also contains tin, thus improving its optical properties. And what makes this diode special? It consists solely of elements of main group IV, meaning they are fully compatible with the existing silicon technology.

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