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  • 2012/02/07

    Satellite Reception Underway

    Onur Hamza Karabey gewann mit seinem Konzept den Ideenwettbewerb der TU Darmstadt. Bild: Katrin Binner – © Kartin Binner

    Liquid-crystal antenna allows stable satellite-broadcast reception in vehicles

    Satellite-television reception and stable Internet links to earth satellites have thus far demanded employment of stationary antennae. However, a doctoral candidate at the Technische Universität Darmstadt has developed a space-saving, inexpensive, and extremely rapidly, electronically redirectable antenna that should allow automobiles, ships, and aircraft to maintain stable radiocommunications with earth satellites.

  • 2012/01/12

    Tiny transmitter sets frequency record

    Der Darmstädter Terahertz-Sender emittiert die Rekordfrequenz von 1,111 Terahertz. Bei der Miniaturisierung ihres Bauelementes gingen die Forscher an die Grenze des technsich Machbaren. Bild: Michael Feiginov / TU Darmstadt

    TU-Darmstadt researchers develop revolutionary terahertz transmitter

    A terahertz transmitter developed at the TU Darmstadt has generated the highest frequency ever attained by a microelectronic device. The innovative device is also minuscule and operates at room temperature, which could lead to it paving the way for new applications in, e.g., nondestructive testing or medical diagnostics.

  • 2011/11/15

    Detecting Alzheimer’s earlier

    Prof. Dr. Boris Schmidt, Clemen-Schöpf-Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie an der TU Darmstadt hält das Modell eines Gehirns. Bild: Katrin Binner.

    Nasal deposits indicate incipient Alzheimer’s disease years before the first symptoms appear

    Chemists at the Technische Universität Darmstadt have developed a new method for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. The method involves making protein deposits on mucous nasal membranes that are detectable years before the disease erupts visible.

  • 2011/10/19

    Lightning Strikes in the Form of Bits and Bytes

    Elektromagnetische Simulationen an einem Automodell mit Fahrer, ohne und mit Schiebedach (unten). Bild: TU Darmstadt

    Scientists at the Technische Universität Darmstadt are utilizing a superfast computer system for simulating lightning strikes. Their objectives are arriving at better understandings of the effects of lightning strikes on humans and machinery and better predictions of those effects.

  • 2011/09/07

    Smartphones as Helpers During Disasters

    Helpers during disasters: individual smartphones act and collaborate as sensor nodes within an ad-hoc network. Diagram: Parag Mogre / TU Darmstadt

    Scientists at the Technische Universität Darmstadt have developed software, with which smartphones can automatically and autonomously organize an energy-efficient, ad-hoc network. Rapid organization of such a communications network can be vital in the event of disasters where normal communications infrastructures have been destroyed, since smartphones could then exchange, e.g., environmental-sensor data.

  • 2011/09/06

    New Substances Accelerate Drug Transport Into Cells

    Auf einer lebenden Säugetierzelle ist ein ringförmiges HIV TAT-Peptid zu
erkennen. Das gelb markierte zyklische „Rückgrat“ begünstigt den Transport
durch die Zellmembran. Die roten Ketten stellen die Aminosäure Arginin mit
den Guanidinium-Gruppen dar. Grafik: Christina Cardoso / TU Darmstadt

    Biologists at the Technische Universität Darmstadt have discovered means for speeding the transport of the active ingredients of drugs into live cells that might allow drastically reducing drug dosages in the future.

  • 2011/08/04

    Theft Protection for Virtual Machines

    Schutz vor Hackern: Ein Frühwarnsystem soll Angriffe auf virtuelle Maschinen frühzeitig erkennen. Bild: Katrin Binner / TU Darmstadt

    Characteristic echo-profiles betray unauthorized data migrations

    TU Darmstadt scientists have found a way to promptly detect hacker attacks on virtual machines. Companies and government agencies that employ virtual machines can thus protect data stored on them against theft.

  • 2011/07/26

    Nano Sensor Detects Minute Traces of Plastic Explosives

    Im Sensor durchwandert die Raumluft eine Mäanderstruktur mit Nanoröhren. Kommen die Nanoröhren mit einem PETN-Molekül in Berührung, ändert sich die elektrische Leitfähigkeit der Röhren. Bild: Mario Böhme

    TU Darmstadt scientists enable inexpensive, reliable checks for explosives

    Working in collaboration with the RhineMain Polytechnic, materials scientists at the TU Darmstadt have developed an extremely sensitive explosives sensor that is capable of detecting even slight traces of the high-explosive chemical compound pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN). Terrorists had employed PETN in several attacks on commercial aircraft.

  • 2011/06/21

    Double success for IT security

    Prof. Dr. Marc Fischlin ist seit Juni 2011 Inhaber der ersten Heisenberg-Professur am Fachbereich Informatik der TU Darmstadt. Fischlin leitete bisher die Emmy Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe Minimizing Cryptographic Assumptions (MiniCrypt). Schwerpunkt seiner Forschung sind Sicherheitsbeweise für kryptographische Verfahren. Bild: Katrin Binner

    Scientists from Technische Universität Darmstadt receive Heisenberg and Horst Görtz Foundation Professorships

    Two scientists at CASED, the research center for IT security in Darmstadt, were awarded highly coveted sponsorship for their outstanding accomplishments: Prof. Dr. Stefan Katzenbeisser assumed his Horst Görtz Foundation professorship on May 1, 2011. Dr. Marc Fischlin has held the Heisenberg professorship at the TU Darmstadt since June 2011.

  • 2011/06/20

    Careless behaviour of cloud users leads to crucial security threats

    Wissenschaftler des Darmstädter
Forschungszentrums CASED haben große Sicherheitsmängel in
zahlreichen virtuellen Maschinen in der Amazon-Cloud entdeckt. Von
1100 untersuchten öffentlichen Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), auf
denen Cloud-Dienste basieren, waren rund 30 Prozent so verwundbar,
dass Angreifer teilweise Webservices oder virtuelle Infrastrukturen
hätten manipulieren oder übernehmen können. Grafik: CASED

    CASED scientists find sensitive data of Amazon Web Services users

    Scientists from the Darmstadt Research Center for Advanced Security (CASED) have discovered major security vulnerabilities in numerous virtual machines published by customers of Amazon’s cloud. From 1100 public Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), that are used to provide cloud services, about 30 percent are vulnerable, allowing attackers to manipulate or compromise web services or virtual infrastructures.

  • 2011/04/12

    A World Full of Sensors

    Bild: Thomas Ott

    Researchers at the TU Darmstadt are Working on “Smart” Cities

    Thanks to numerous sensors, Smartphones make it easy for their owners to organize certain parts of their lives. However, that is just the beginning. Darmstadt researchers envision entire “smart” cities, where all devices present within municipal areas are intelligently linked to one another.

  • 2011/03/29

    Readily Stimulated: “Smart” Polymers

    Molekular dünne Filme aus intelligenten Polymeren an Grenzflächen sind in der Lage auf äußere Reize, wie Licht, elektrische oder magnetische Felder zu reagieren und so funktionale Eigenschaften der Oberfläche schaltbar zu machen. Bild: Biesalski / TU Darmstadt

    Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control material properties utilizing thin plastic films

    Darmstadt researchers plan to selectively control the properties of underlying materials utilizing thin, “smart,” plastic films. For example, paper might be induced to release printing inks, if necessary, chemical reactions might be started and interrupted as required, or medications might be tailored to affect only certain parts of the body.

  • 2011/03/14

    Darmstadt: Growth in Hessen’s Silicon Valley with the new “House of IT” (HIT)

    Eröffnung House of IT (HIT) am 14.03.2011. Foto: Andreas Arnold.

    The State of Hessen continues to promote the concentration of the expertise in science and industry in Darmstadt, with the newly established “House of IT” (HIT), which is to be located on the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) campus. Darmstadt is located only 25 miles away from Frankfurt International Airport making it an ideal business location. No other European region combines more ICT competencies in the software and ICT sector.

  • 2011/01/20

    PRORETA 3 Gets Underway

    Continental and Technische Universität Darmstadt join forces for research into safe city driving. (c) Continental

    Continental and Technische Universität Darmstadt Join Forces for Research into Safe City Driving

    The third stage of PRORETA has begun, with Continental and Technische Universität Darmstadt signing an agreement for joint research into an advanced driver assistance system for city driving.

  • 2010/12/15

    “Raising Awareness of the Ambivalence of Technological and Scientific Progress”

    Prof. Tucker

    Newly appointed professor Jonathan Tucker is an internationally renowned expert on biological and chemical weapons and arms control.

    The American peace researcher Jonathan B. Tucker holds the Georg Zundel endowed professorship “Science and Technology for Peace and Security” at the TU. A specialist on biological and chemical weapons, he seeks to build bridges between the natural and the social sciences. At the TU, he will contribute to the establishment of a new research focus in synthetic biology, teach in the master’s degree program in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Research, and cooperate closely with the IANUS group.