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.

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.

How glaciers slide

Jülich physicist Bo Persson has presented a theory on the sliding of glacier ice on rocky ground. With this theory, glaciologists could improve the computer models they use to predict the flow rate and melting of glaciers. This is important in order to foresee how climate change will affect glaciers and sea levels in the future.


Statement by Prof. Katrin Amunts on the use of the molecular genetic scissors CRISPR/Cas9 in two girls

According to the researcher Jiankui He from Shenzhen University in China, the first humans to have been genetically manipulated using the CRISPR/Cas9 molecular genetic scissors were born in November. In two girls, a gene for a receptor of the immune system was purposefully removed in the embryonic stage in order to make them resistant to HIV infections. They will also pass this change on to their descendants.