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Animal poisoners in native forests
Oribatid mite uses hydrogen cyanide for defence
The common oribatid mite species Oribatula tibialis is an extremely clever poisoner, as an interdisciplinary team of researchers under the leadership of the TU Darmstadt has shown and published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA”. The mite uses hydrogen cyanide to defend itself against predators. This is something of a sensation, because this toxin is not generally present in the arsenal of the 80,000 known species of arachnids.
How breaks in DNA are repaired
New insight is important for cancer research and gene therapy
The results are significant for gene therapy procedures and for our understanding of cell transformation. A team of researchers from the biology department at TU Darmstadt has discovered that the processes for repairing DNA damage are far more complex than previously assumed.
A Helping Hand for the Ecosystem
Restoration strengthens the resilience and function of pollination networks
Removing exotic plant species has a much greater impact on ecosystems than previously thought. Pollination processes become more efficient, and the pollination network soon becomes more resilient. These are the findings of a major field study carried out on the Seychelles, details of which biology researchers of the TU Darmstadt are now publishing online, before an article appears in the scientific journal, Nature.
Climate-friendly cement substitute
Building with concrete is affecting the climate / geopolymers as an alternative
Researchers at TU Darmstadt are proposing geopolymers as an alternative to cement. These mineral binders are not only more environmentally friendly, they are also more resistant to chemicals and high temperature.
Researches at the Chemistry Department develop intelligent materials
Two research groups at TU Darmstadt are developing intelligent synthetic materials that respond to external stimuli. Nature is the teacher.
Genetic material on offer
Scientists at the TU are developing protection mechanisms for genetic data
The more we know about our genome data, the better our doctors will be able to treat us in the future. But how can we make use of this sensitive data, without allowing it to be misused? The IT specialists around Stefan Katzenbeisser and Kay Hamacher from the Technische Universität Darmstadt want to encrypt genome data so skilfully that it is still possible to carry out mathematical analyses.
For powerful arguments
Research at Ubiquitous Knowlege Processing (UKP) Lab
There is a sea of information and argumentation on the Internet covering every possible world-shattering subject. The Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab at TU Darmstadt is developing tools for a quality check.
For they know not what they do
A study by TU Darmstadt on the robotisation of office and service professions
Would humanoid robots equipped with emotional skills be accepted as a colleague in the office or even as a leader in teams? And what activities would service workers leave to robots? The transnational study series "Robots@work4.0" by Prof. Stock-Homburg from TU Darmstadt delivers surprising answers.
With Big Data to Vehicle 5.0
New collaborative research consortium at TU Darmstadt
Data mining involves opportunities and risks – including for the automotive industry. An interdisciplinary team at the TU Darmstadt is looking into ways it can utilise vehicle operating data in a targeted and transparent manner.
Heaviest Atoms in the Limelight
First spectroscopic investigation of element nobelium
The analysis of atomic spectra is of fundamental importance for our understanding of atomic structures. Until now, researchers were unable to examine heavy elements with optical spectroscopy because these elements do not occur in nature and cannot be artificially created in weighable amounts. However, scientists have now looked for the first time into the inner structure of heavy elements. For this they used short-lived nobelium atoms with a nuclear charge of Z=102, which had been produced at the GSI accelerator facility.
First quantum photonic circuit with electrically driven light source
Findings published in „Nature Photonics“
Optical quantum computers are what people are pinning their hopes on for tomorrow’s computer technology – whether for tap-proof data encryption or ultrafast calculations involving enormous quantities of data. For the first time researchers have now succeeded in putting a complete quantum optical set-up on a chip. This meets one requirement for making it possible to use photonic circuits for quantum computers.
Professor Mira Mezini develops intelligent encryption libraries
Sometimes, when two people or software applications are communicating via the Internet, a third party is listening. Cryptographic protocols could prevent this situation, but software developers often find it difficult to correctly integrate them into applications. This is the reason why researchers at the TU Darmstadt want to automate encryption.
The chosen ones in the USA
Virginia Tech becomes TU’s second strategic partner – after Tongji University
Virginia Tech is now officially a “strategic partner” of TU Darmstadt: Professor Hans Jürgen Prömel, President of TU Darmstadt, and professor Timothy Sands, President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech for short) in Blacksburg, Virginia, signed a relevant cooperation agreement between the two institutions in a formal ceremony.
Are Fitness Trackers fit for Security?
Study by TU Darmstadt reveals serious security flaws
They may look like a normal watch but are capable to do much more than just showing the time: So called fitness trackers are collecting data on their users‘ lifestyle and health status on a large scale helping them with training or losing weight. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, system security professor at the cybersecurity profile area (CYSEC) of TU Darmstadt and his team investigated fraud opportunities with fitness trackers and detected serious security flaws.