Coincidence Helps Expand Cornerstone of Physics

Atomic nuclei and electrons in solids influence each other’s motion – and they do so not only in rare exceptional cases, as previously believed. The discovery was made by Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and Technische Universität München. The effect could be useful for data processing or for lossless transmission of electric current.

Five Facts About City Air

Germany has been discussing this for quite some time. But the debate about nitrogen oxides is complicated. Here, Dr. Franz Rohrer and his colleagues from IEK-8 can help. They investigate how emissions from transport affect air quality. We have compiled five exciting facts and findings.

Drifting Interstellar Worlds Could be the Seeds of New Planets

Interstellar objects the size of skyscrapers such as ʻOumuamua, discovered two years ago, could help new star systems to quickly form planets. This is the result of a recent study by the Jülich Supercomputing Centre together with Queen’s University Belfast. Myriads of such asteroids are likely drifting through our Milky Way.

High-Tech Material in a Salt Crust

MAX phases are viewed as promising materials for the future. A new method developed by scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich now makes it possible to produce this desirable material class on an industrial scale for the first time: a crust of salt protects the raw material from oxidation at a production temperature of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius.

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.

There's more!

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.


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.