Helmholtz Quantum Center Launched

Quantum computer research will be established at Forschungszentrum Jülich as a national priority. The Helmholtz Quantum Center (HQC) will be a central technology laboratory which will cover the entire range of quantum research – from investigating quantum materials to developing prototypes. The project, which is funded by the Helmholtz Association with almost € 50 million, is launching in January 2020.

The search for hidden time

It starts right with a paradox: the more one deals with this subject, the less clear it becomes. The talk is of time. Such a mysterious phenomenon, of all things, is what a group of scientists coordinated by Forschungszentrum Jülich now wants not only to better understand, but also to actively influence. A look into the time laboratory.

3D Model of the Synapses in the Human Brain

For many years, Professor Joachim Lübke has been pursuing the goal of creating high-resolution 3D models of the synapses in the human brain. For a long time, these tiny contacts between neurons could only be studied using animal models. Now, together with his team, Lübke has published the first quantifiable models of synapses in the human cerebral cortex. Their models showed that although similarities exist, there are considerable differences not only between humans and animals but also between men and women.


Brain Research and Artificial Intelligence – What Brain Scans Tell Us

Your brain is truly unique, dear reader – just like your physical appearance. Any doctor can use reference images to show you certain distinctive features in the structure of your brain. Not all differences can be detected from such scans, however, even by a radiologist’s or brain researcher’s trained eye. Yet artificial intelligence (AI) is capable of doing so – and this capability has far-reaching implications. Read an expert contribution from Prof. Dr. Simon Eickhoff.