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Discovering Customers’ Hidden Needs

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 | nachricht Read more

Pre-lecture diagrams help students take better notes, learn 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 | nachricht Read more

Speech technology helps to discover treasures of knowledge

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 | nachricht Read more

Smart materials, smart researchers

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 | nachricht Read more

Understanding how to teach “intelligence”

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 | nachricht Read more

Research group leader Samuel Sánchez is one of Spain’s top ten innovators

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 | nachricht Read more

Helmholtz supports research projects on their way to application

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 | nachricht Read more

The floating university – graduate school uses Polarstern cruise to Antarctic for training

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 | nachricht Read more

Studying in 5 Countries. Start of the Third Class of Global Executive MBA Program of HHL and EADA

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 | nachricht Read more

The cultural side of science communication

New research explores how culture affects our conceptions of nature

Do we think of nature as something that we enjoy when we visit a national park and something we need to "preserve?" Or do we think of ourselves as a part of...

01.10.2014 | nachricht Read more
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Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: OU astrophysicist and collaborators find supermassive black holes in quasar nearest Earth

A University of Oklahoma astrophysicist and his Chinese collaborator have found two supermassive black holes in Markarian 231, the nearest quasar to Earth, using observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

The discovery of two supermassive black holes--one larger one and a second, smaller one--are evidence of a binary black hole and suggests that supermassive...

Im Focus: What would a tsunami in the Mediterranean look like?

A team of European researchers have developed a model to simulate the impact of tsunamis generated by earthquakes and applied it to the Eastern Mediterranean. The results show how tsunami waves could hit and inundate coastal areas in southern Italy and Greece. The study is published today (27 August) in Ocean Science, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

Though not as frequent as in the Pacific and Indian oceans, tsunamis also occur in the Mediterranean, mainly due to earthquakes generated when the African...

Im Focus: Self-healing landscape: landslides after earthquake

In mountainous regions earthquakes often cause strong landslides, which can be exacerbated by heavy rain. However, after an initial increase, the frequency of these mass wasting events, often enormous and dangerous, declines, in fact independently of meteorological events and aftershocks.

These new findings are presented by a German-Franco-Japanese team of geoscientists in the current issue of the journal Geology, under the lead of the GFZ...

Im Focus: FIC Proteins Send Bacteria Into Hibernation

Bacteria do not cease to amaze us with their survival strategies. A research team from the University of Basel's Biozentrum has now discovered how bacteria enter a sleep mode using a so-called FIC toxin. In the current issue of “Cell Reports”, the scientists describe the mechanism of action and also explain why their discovery provides new insights into the evolution of pathogens.

For many poisons there are antidotes which neutralize their toxic effect. Toxin-antitoxin systems in bacteria work in a similar manner: As long as a cell...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer IPA develops prototype of intelligent care cart

It comes when called, bringing care utensils with it and recording how they are used: Fraunhofer IPA is developing an intelligent care cart that provides care staff with physical and informational support in their day-to-day work. The scientists at Fraunhofer IPA have now completed a first prototype. In doing so, they are continuing in their efforts to improve working conditions in the care sector and are developing solutions designed to address the challenges of demographic change.

Technical assistance systems can improve the difficult working conditions in residential nursing homes and hospitals by helping the staff in their work and...

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