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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”.
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.
The mobile telephones of the future
Future Internet research cluster present roadmap
The mobile telephones of the future will be able to see, shrink while becoming larger, and slip into their users’ skins. That terse statement summarizes the recently released results of a thorough look at the next ten to fifteen years of mobile telephony by the Technische Universität Darmstadt’s “Future Internet” research cluster.
Emitting much more light for less electric-power dissipation
Scenarios for the optimal employment of light-emitting diodes for lighting purposes are being investigated at the TU Darmstadt’s Institute for Lighting Technology. The focus is on human perceptions, wellbeing, and health.
Facebook makes users envious and dissatisfied
Study reveals a colossal role of facebook in users’ emotional life
Participation in social networks, such as Facebook, can cause negative feelings and reduce members’ life satisfaction. Those are the results of a survey with nearly 600 Facebook users by Information Systems scientists at the TU Darmstadt and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Infectious diseases diagnosable before symptoms appear
Bioscientists develop a biosensor for the early diagnosis of sleeping sickness
Infectious African sleeping sickness is widespread south of the Sahara Desert. Although the around sixty million people residing in tropical Africa run the risk of becoming infected every day, only around four million of them are monitored for the disease by disease-control authorities. TU Darmstadt bioscientists have recently developed a biosensor that provides simple, cost-effective, means for diagnosing incidences of the disease before it breaks out.
“A Milestone Along the Way to CO2 Free Power Plants”
Innovative method inexpensively and energetically efficiently reduces CO2 emissions
The "carbonate-looping" method for capturing carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), which has been researched at TU Darmstadt could reduce power-plant CO 2 emissions by more than 90 %, while utilizing less energy and incurring less expense than former approaches.