New trends can emerge anywhere in the world, but they generally arise in places where clever people get together. To tap into this local potential, Siemens has research facilities at over 170 locations worldwide. Corporate Technology (CT), the central research department at Siemens, is responsible for defining key R&D priorities.
The 21st century is a highly dynamic period. With the march of globalization has come a steady increase in worldwide competition. The balance of power in the...09.12.2015 | Read more
Siemens Corporate Technology’s Beijing-based Industrial Design Thinking Center (i.DT) is opening the door to identifying users’ hidden needs while generating ideas for innovative products.
Is it possible to communicate and visualize a concept for an innovative computer tomograph with Lego blocks, or to design a rescue device for mine workers with...15.07.2015 | Read more
Providing students with illustrative diagrams showing relationships among key concepts to be discussed in a lecture can boost student learning and recall, especially for students who have difficulty organizing bits and pieces of related information into a cohesive mental framework, suggests a new study from psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis.
"Teachers need to understand that providing supportive material in advance can make a big difference in helping students grasp and lock in key concepts...10.06.2015 | Read more
The outcomes of the “transLectures” project: the video platform “videolectures.net” shows video lectures with automatic subtitles in five European languages – the project partner EML European Media Laboratory, Heidelberg/Germany, and the Institut Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana/Slovenia, will continue to make subtitles available in even more languages.
Courses, lectures and talks: On the internet, you can find a huge collection of educational video material - treasures of knowledge that are still waiting to...26.05.2015 | Read more
Targeted drug delivery, medical devices and new electronic components: in the past five years, the National Research Programme “Smart Materials” (NRP 62) has explored the potential of a new generation of materials that react to external stimuli. The emphasis was on future applications.
Twenty-three industrial collaborations, twelve patents and two start-ups: the National Research Programme “Smart Materials” (NRP 62) has succeeded in...19.03.2015 | Read more
More than ever, we need problem-solving skills to be able to adapt to our fast changing economies and societies. Researchers at the University of Luxembourg believe it is possible to teach these skills which are widely known as “intelligence”.
“Our research indicates that it should be possible to understand the complex psychological processes that enable people to solve problems, a construct that is...10.02.2015 | Read more
Tiny little self-propelled motors that speed through the water and clean up pollutions along the way or small robots that can swim effortlessly through blood to one day transport medication to a certain part of the body – what sounds like taken from a science fiction movie script.
Samuel Sánchez however is already hard at work in his lab at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart to make these visions come true. For his innovative...30.10.2014 | Read more
Developing pioneering technologies and making them attractive for industry: the Helmholtz Association is channelling more than €20 million from its Initiative and Networking Fund into helping scientists quickly move their projects from research to application.
Fifteen projects have been funded since the launch in 2011, and now independent assessors have recommended that a further three should receive support: a...30.10.2014 | Read more
The expedition on the research vessel Polarstern starting on Saturday, 25 October 2014 focuses on training early-stage researchers. On board, 22 PhD and Master's students will learn how to use hydroacoustic measuring methods under real-life conditions.
The participants come from international courses at the University of Bremen and the POLMAR graduate school at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre...27.10.2014 | Read more
Start of the third class of the Global Executive MBA Program (GEMBA) offered by German HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Spanish Escuela de Alta Dirección (EADA) with students from eight countries.
The third class of the Global Executive MBA Program (GEMBA) offered by German HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and Spanish Escuela de Alta Dirección...15.10.2014 | Read more
Today, plants and microorganisms are heavily used for the production of medicinal products. The production of biopharmaceuticals in plants, also referred to as “Molecular Pharming”, represents a continuously growing field of plant biotechnology. Preferred host organisms include yeast and crop plants, such as maize and potato – plants with high demands. With the help of a special algal strain, the research team of Prof. Ralph Bock at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam strives to develop a more efficient and resource-saving system for the production of medicines and vaccines. They tested its practicality by synthesizing a component of a potential AIDS vaccine.
The use of plants and microorganisms to produce pharmaceuticals is nothing new. In 1982, bacteria were genetically modified to produce human insulin, a drug...
Atomic clock experts from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) are the first research group in the world to have built an optical single-ion clock which attains an accuracy which had only been predicted theoretically so far. Their optical ytterbium clock achieved a relative systematic measurement uncertainty of 3 E-18. The results have been published in the current issue of the scientific journal "Physical Review Letters".
Atomic clock experts from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) are the first research group in the world to have built an optical single-ion clock...
The University of Würzburg has two new space projects in the pipeline which are concerned with the observation of planets and autonomous fault correction aboard satellites. The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy funds the projects with around 1.6 million euros.
Detecting tornadoes that sweep across Mars. Discovering meteors that fall to Earth. Investigating strange lightning that flashes from Earth's atmosphere into...
Physicists from Saarland University and the ESPCI in Paris have shown how liquids on solid surfaces can be made to slide over the surface a bit like a bobsleigh on ice. The key is to apply a coating at the boundary between the liquid and the surface that induces the liquid to slip. This results in an increase in the average flow velocity of the liquid and its throughput. This was demonstrated by studying the behaviour of droplets on surfaces with different coatings as they evolved into the equilibrium state. The results could prove useful in optimizing industrial processes, such as the extrusion of plastics.
The study has been published in the respected academic journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America).
Exceeding critical temperature limits in the Southern Ocean may cause the collapse of ice sheets and a sharp rise in sea levels
A future warming of the Southern Ocean caused by rising greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere may severely disrupt the stability of the West...
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