Happy Birthday HALO!

Faster, higher, further - the research aircraft HALO has been opening up new perspectives in atmospheric research for the past 10 years. In more than 2000 flying hours and numerous missions, it was able to prove its special strengths. HALO can rise over 15 kilometers and has a range of 8000 kilometers. Researchers were already flying over the Arctic Ocean or across the Antarctic with the aircraft.

Journey into the World of Science

“The fire brigade!” – eight-year-old Louis does not think twice when asked what he wants to see first during Open Day at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Although he has never been on campus, his parents clearly knew how to get him excited for the visit. At the end of the day, however, it will be something different that will have impressed him most.

AI Shows Differences Between Men’s and Women’s Brains

Researchers have succeeded in training self-learning artificial intelligence (AI) software to recognize whether brains shown in fMRI scans are male or female. This indicates that there are characteristic gender differences in the connections between regions of the brain. The scientists, who hail from Jülich, Düsseldorf, and Singapore, have published their findings in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Forschungszentrum Jülich Involved in Research Factory for Batteries in Münster

Jülich, 28 June 2019 – The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced today that Münster has been selected as the new site for the planned “Battery Production Research Centre”. In a rigorous nationwide competition, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) with Münster as its proposed location was selected over five other candidates. BMBF has allocated some € 500 million to the project, and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has pledged an additional € 200 million. The Helmholtz Institute in Münster (HI MS) – a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich – is involved in the research factory.

Experts are better connected

For the researchers around Robert Langner, chess is more than just a game: they use it in brain research to investigate paradigmatically how the brains of novices and experts differ.


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.