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Once all the peppers have been picked, the last leg of the leaves’ and stems’ journey takes them to the compost heap. Researchers from Jülich, Aachen and Bonn don’t think that this needs to be the case. They are investigating whether valuable substances can be extracted from the unused plant leftovers for use in medicine, cosmetics and the food industry.

40 Years Ago: First World Climate Conference

It’s the year 1979. The Federal Republic of Germany celebrates its 30th anniversary and Karl Carstens becomes its fifth President. In early February, a severe snow storm raged in Northern Germany – the second already since the beginning of the year. Single extreme weather event or global climate change? A question that also occupied a group of scientists who met at the first World Climate Conference in Geneva.

Successful deal with science publisher

For almost two years now, German research organisations have been negotiating nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals with the major academic publishers Elsevier, Wiley and SpringerNature under the umbrella of Projekt DEAL. A first contract has now been successfully concluded.

Yes, it does matter

An international team of neuroscientists have been reviewing the evidence on gender bias in their field. Their findings—together with proposed solutions on various levels—are now published in the European Journal of Neuroscience. In support of these findings, the paper has been signed by a number of leading neuroscientists.

New Map of the Sky Published

An international team of more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries has published the first maps produced by a radio sky survey with previously unprecedented sensitivity using the “Low Frequency Array” radio telescope (LOFAR). The map reveals hundreds of thousands of unknown galaxies and sheds new light on research fields such as black holes, interstellar magnetic fields, and galaxy clusters.

High-Temperature Fuel Cell Achieves Lifetime of More Than 11 Years

Jülich, 7 February 2019 – They waited for a lifetime of 100,000 hours to be achieved before gradually bringing their lifetime test to a close a few days ago: researchers from Forschungszentrum Jülich developed a fuel cell and operated it at a temperature of 700 °C for more than 11 years. During its lifetime, this high-temperature fuel cell produced electricity for more than 10.5 years – longer than any other high-temperature fuel cell so far.

Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Nitrogen Oxide Plotter

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich have now developed a nitrogen oxide plotter that allows you to quickly and easily find out the nitrogen oxide levels at all German measurement stations over time. The online tool is freely accessible.

“Nitrogen Oxide and Particulate Matter Are the Major Problems We Face Today”

Forty years ago the first-ever smog alert was issued in Germany. Since then, air quality has improved considerably. Prof. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, director at Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Troposphere subinstitute, outlines the measures that contributed to this improvement and the way in which traffic emissions pollute the air today.

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New Info Platform for Doctoral Researchers

A new website specifically designed for doctoral researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich and for university students who would like to come here has now been launched in English.