Scientists looking for new tumor viruses have to keep an eye out for the virus genes rather than the viral particles. This year's winners of the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize were twice successful with this strategy.
Two Americans, Yuan Chang and Patrick S. Moore, will receive the 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize today in Frankfurt's Paulskirche for their...14.03.2017 | Read more
Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be funding the new "PancChip" consortium for the next three years. This group will be coordinated at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, where also some of its work is carried out. The objective is further development of the culture and differentiation of stem cells into functional beta cells on a chip, and consequently the resolution of issues regarding the formation and treatment of diabetes and other pancreatic disorders. The total funding amounts to 1.5 million euros and will be distributed equally among the three partner institutions.
In various types of diabetes, the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed. Science is focusing more and more on replacement and regeneration...08.02.2017 | Read more
Dr. Sarah Amalia Teichmann is one of five scientists to receive this year's Helmholtz International Fellow Award. For the bioinformatician from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the award comes with 20,000 euros and an invitation to a research stay at the Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health.
“I cannot imagine a better award winner,” says Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian Theis, Director of the Institute of Computational Biology (ICB) at the Helmholtz Zentrum...20.01.2017 | Read more
Comprehensive EU Funding Programme Supports Personalised Medicine Approaches
The international consortium of the new European research project SYSCID (“A systems medicine approach to chronic inflammatory disease“) aims to develop a personalised medicine approach for inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. The project coordinated by Kiel University in Germany (CAU) receives a total funding of 14.4 million Euros for a period of five years. Out of this budget Kiel University receives almost three million Euros.
Academic and industry partners from nine different countries join forces to achieve the ambitious goals of the project which has started at the beginning of...19.01.2017 | Read more
RadioNet, a consortium of 28 leading institutions for radio astronomical research from 13 countries, has been awarded 10 million Euro by the European Commission, to be used over the next four years. The speaker of the RadioNet consortium is Prof. J. Anton Zensus from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn (Germany).
RadioNet will provide support for various aspects of radio astronomical research in Europe; it will enable scientists from all over the world to use the radio...12.01.2017 | Read more
Support for translational research: Europe wide cooperation on spinal cord injury research receives 1.34 Million Euros grant
Six European research teams including Dr. Michell Reimer and his team at the DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) - Cluster of Excellence at...12.12.2016 | Read more
EU funds three-year project to decipher climate history with 2.2 million Euros
In Antarctica internationally leading ice and climate scientists of 14 institutions from ten European countries are looking for the oldest ice on Earth. Goal...14.11.2016 | Read more
The Empa Innovation Award 2016 went to chemist Sabyasachi Gaan and his team. The researchers were recognized for the development of new, non-toxic and environmentally friendly fireproofing agents for the production of flame retard polyurethane foams, which are used in mattresses, seat upholstery and insulation modules for house façades, for instance. The prize was awarded on November 8 against the backdrop of the Empa Technology and Innovation Forum.
We frequently encounter polyurethane (PU) foams in everyday life: they are in the insulation in house façades and refrigerators, in car seats, in living room...09.11.2016 | Read more
3.5 million euros for tri-national research unit on the modulation of programmed cell death
Programmed cell death is a basic pre-requisite for life, and its underlying mechanisms are immensely interesting not only for cancer research. The tri-national...08.11.2016 | Read more
The Fraunhofer IPT and their partners from RWTH Aachen University and the Johannes Kepler Unversity Linz received the “International Bionic Award” for best idea and most commendable interdisciplinary collaboration of production engineers and natural scientists. In a joint project, the team of four developed structures for a unidirectional fluid transport on surfaces of different materials.
During the bionics congress “Patents of Nature”, which took place on 21 October 2016 in Bremen, Kai Winands and Mario Pothen from the Fraunhofer IPT and their...26.10.2016 | Read more
Astronomers from Bonn and Tautenburg in Thuringia (Germany) used the 100-m radio telescope at Effelsberg to observe several galaxy clusters. At the edges of these large accumulations of dark matter, stellar systems (galaxies), hot gas, and charged particles, they found magnetic fields that are exceptionally ordered over distances of many million light years. This makes them the most extended magnetic fields in the universe known so far.
The results will be published on March 22 in the journal „Astronomy & Astrophysics“.
Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound structures in the universe. With a typical extent of about 10 million light years, i.e. 100 times the...
Researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt, together with partners from the University of Tübingen in Germany and Queen Mary University as well as Francis Crick Institute from London (UK) have developed a novel technology to decipher the secret ubiquitin code.
Ubiquitin is a small protein that can be linked to other cellular proteins, thereby controlling and modulating their functions. The attachment occurs in many...
In the eternal search for next generation high-efficiency solar cells and LEDs, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their partners are creating...
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are less stable. Now researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have, for the first time ever, produced a composite material combining silicon nanosheets and a polymer that is both UV-resistant and easy to process. This brings the scientists a significant step closer to industrial applications like flexible displays and photosensors.
Silicon nanosheets are thin, two-dimensional layers with exceptional optoelectronic properties very similar to those of graphene. Albeit, the nanosheets are...
Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to simulate these confined natural conditions in artificial vesicles for the first time. As reported in the academic journal Small, the results are offering better insight into the development of nanoreactors and artificial organelles.
Enzymes behave differently in a test tube compared with the molecular scrum of a living cell. Chemists from the University of Basel have now been able to...
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