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Microwave radar monitors sliding slopes
Geodesists from TU Darmstadt research in the Alps
If entire mountain slopes start to slide, danger threatens. It is not always easy to predict and monitor these mass movements. In an international project, scientists at the TU Darmstadt combined numerical models with microwave radar systems in Northern Tyrol – with promising results.
Teaming up to explore complex wetting
New EU-funded project CoWet brings together science and industry
Functional textiles, cosmetics for hair and skin care, or inkjet printing: The research areas of the Marie Curie Training network “Complex Wetting Phenomena” (CoWet) which started January 1st, 2014, are relevant for numerous applications. On February 24-25, 2014, all partners from science and industry met for a joint kick-off.
Against thirst and drought in the Mediterranean region
5.2 million euros for the MARSOL joint TU project
How can the increasingly scarce resource called water be exploited and used intelligently? A joint project developed and coordinated by the TU Darmstadt is hoping to secure “excess” water and store it in the soil. The EU is funding the recently launched MARSOL project with 5.2 million euros.
Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
International scientific prize winners and scholarship holders of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are visiting Technische Universität Darmstadt regularly. Here they engage in research and push scientific projects forward. We are glad to introduce our guests and their hosts.
The sixth sense in mechanical engineering
Researchers at TU Darmstadt invent sensor screw
An age-old engineering problem: how do you precisely measure the forces that act between two components inside a machine or, for example, on the sail of a boat without drilling holes or sticking on a sensor? Researchers at the Technische Universität Darmstadt have developed a brilliantly simple solution: a screw with an integrated sensor.
Constructive conservation: last chance for biodiversity?
Pragmatic approach to saving what can be saved
How can biodiversity be preserved in a world in which traditional ecosystems are increasingly being displaced by “man-made nature”? Biologists at the TU Darmstadt and ETH Zurich have developed a new concept for conservation measures that incorporates current landscapes formerly considered ecologically “of little value”.
Molecular mirror images assigned
Safer drugs thanks to a new solution to a 150-year-old chemistry problem?
Just like gloves, molecules come in so-called left-handed and right-handed versions. Until now, however, it could be determined only with great difficulty whether a certain molecule is right-handed or left-handed. In medicine, this would be a big step forward because, for example, the unwanted side effects of drugs could be avoided. In the current issue of the journal Science, a team of researchers from Germany, Canada and Switzerland reports a new solution to a 150-year old problem.
Bringing light to a halt
Physicists at the technical university freeze motion of light for a minute
Physicists in Darmstadt have been able to stop something that has the greatest possible speed and that never really stops: light. The physicists, headed by Thomas Halfmann, stopped light for about one minute. They were also able to save images that were transferred by the light pulse into the crystal for a minute – a million times longer than previously possible.
Moving towards electronically active threads
Scientists at the TU Darmstadt are coating fibres with organic semiconductors
We are just starting to develop smart textiles. So far the problem has always been that it was not possible to apply the electronic components, called organic semiconductors, to three-dimensional structures such as fibres in a reproducible way. But now Darmstadt’s material scientists have developed a machine with which electronically active materials can be vacuum deposited onto threads.
“Autonomous sensors are the wave of the future”
A conversation about future sensors and the vision of a “smart city”
Abdelhak Zoubir, spokesman of the LOEWE priority program Cocoon, and Marius Pesavento, head of the Communication Systems Group, conduct research and teach at TU Darmstadt’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.
Hunting for the Multitalent Sensor
Sensor has to decide which paths are used for transmitting data
Sensors are expected to be major players in the mobile communications networks of the future. Scientists at TU Darmstadt, together with colleagues at the University of Kassel, are seeking to endow these tiny devices with more robust features.
Flexible for research
Darmstadt University inaugurates pioneering high-performance computer
The Technical University Darmstadt has officially inaugurated its new "Lichtenberg" high performance computer. In a new building on the "Lichtwiese Campus" the computer will solve problems in a few hours, for which a normal office computer would take months or more, if he could cope with it at all.
Facebook-Likes could be worth millions of euros
Study confirms online sales are enhanced by social recommendations
When online retailers display customer recommendations next to their product descriptions, it can significantly increase the sales of these. This is the conclusion reached following a study undertaken by academics at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt.
Frances Arnold Awarded Emanuel Merck Lectureship
Emanuel Merck Lectures mark 20th anniversary
Frances Arnold, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Pasadena (USA), has been awarded the Emanuel Merck Lectureship this year. The 57-year-old professor is regarded globally as the eminent authority in the field of directed evolution and has been recognized with many prestigious honors and awards.
Half Time for PRORETA 3
Continental hands over research vehicle
Handover of research vehicle to Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt by Continental takes the PRORETA 3 project into its second half. As part of the third collaborative PRORETA research project, TU Darmstadt and the international automotive supplier have been working for around two years on an integrated driver assistance concept for avoiding accidents and mitigating the consequences of accidents in urban traffic scenarios.