Heat Waves: Consequences for the Environment and the Climate

There are not only positive sides to the summer weather with sometimes over 30 degrees Celsius. On an experimental field near Jülich, climate and soil researchers investigate the effects of heat waves on the environment and the climate. Prof. Nicolas Brüggemann and Dr. Ralf Tillmann explain in an interview why research is so important.

Magnetic help for the brain

Treating stroke patients with magnetic fields has proven itself in research as transcranial magnetic stimulation. Scientists from Jülich and Cologne are testing this method in a large clinical study – the first of its kind worldwide. Their long-term goal is individualised therapies.

Taking to the water

Seas, rivers and lakes around the world are increasingly polluted by plastic waste. In two joint projects, researchers now want to find out – for the first time spanning across ecosystems – how much microplastics reach the North Sea and the Baltic Sea via the Weser and Warnow rivers. Jülich scientist are on board.

A New Crown Jewel

These are the days when what is currently the fastest German supercomputer will go into operation in Jülich. JUWELS is a real innovation from Europe. It is one of a new generation of highly flexible modular supercomputers that Jülich experts and their partners are developing specifically for scientists.

Possible side effect of diesel bans

Nitrogen oxides are at the heart of the debate surrounding diesel vehicles. In order to comply with the thresholds set by the EU, cities could impose a ban on diesel cars. This would reduce the concentration of nitrogen oxides, particularly in busy areas. It is less well known that this may lead to an undesirable side effect – an increase in the formation of ozone, which also endangers health.

How prime numbers help improve the quantum computer

Scientists at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre have set a new world record: they simulated a quantum computer with 48 qubits on two different supercomputers. In order to test the limits of their simulated quantum computer, they used a method that requires the highest computing capacities: the prime factorization of large numbers.


Meteorite as cosmic tape

The meteorite Bishunpur travelled more than 4.5 billion years through space before it crashed to Earth in northern India over 100 years ago. It contained the oldest magnetic record known today. It dates back to the early phase of our solar system, as researchers from Great Britain, Germany and Norway have discovered.