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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ACOUSTICS, THE EFFECT OF SOUND

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ACOUSTICS, THE EFFECT OF SOUND

    Researchers in scientific institutions and industry are studying the effects of sound on human health. Noise and infrasound can have a negative impact on the human health, but it can also be useful for scientific research. Discover fascinating facts from the different areas of sound research. Loud noise makes us ill. This is something we’ve known for a long time. Sound scientist Professor Jürgen Hellbrück examines the effects of sound on human health. The psychologist is interested first in audible […]

  • WAR AND GAMES

    WAR AND GAMES

    Drones and remote-controlled weapons and robots are the war technology of the future. Controlling them via a screen is like playing a computer game. The film visits laboratories, games designers and guardians of morality. Sophisticated new machines can spot the movement of every mouse and man in water, on land and in the air. And they can kill. Automatically. Operating drones and remote-controlled weapons via a screen is like playing a computer game. What do game designers have in common […]

  • READY FOR TAKE-OFF – THE ALL-ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT

    READY FOR TAKE-OFF – THE ALL-ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT

      Elektra One is a single-seat, electrically powered composite aircraft. The electricity for the plane is generated by solar-charging hangars. Its designer is aviation pioneer Calin Gologan. Will the aircraft of the future make the test flight from France to Tunisia? Planes are his great passion. Calin Gologan has invented and built numerous planes – big ones for Airbus, small ones for amateur pilots. Five years ago, he had an experience that changed everything. At an air display, he watched […]

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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – FOOD OF THE FUTURE

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – FOOD OF THE FUTURE

    What will we eat in the future? In order to reduce the consumption of food from animal sources, food technicians are looking for new plant-based proteins. One promising alternative product could be the lupin. A good seven billion people live on our planet. What will happen when that figure rises to ten billion or even twelve? Scientists say that we could feed twelve billion people today, but we throw about a third of our food production away, we make electricity, […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HUMAN INTERFACES

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HUMAN INTERFACES

    Discover with us the future of implants. “Human interfaces” are devices that can be linked to human sensory organs and thus achieve some astonishing results. Almost one in ten people live with a disability. For centuries, craftspeople, engineers and scientists have developed aids to make life easier for the disabled. Modern technologies are bringing hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind. And sophisticated prostheses are making everyday life a little easier for people without limbs. So-called “human interfaces” […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

    Modern lighting technology not only reduces energy consumption but adjusts colour and brightness and stabilises biorhythms. Find out more about the latest developments and the future of lighting technology. Lighting turns night into day, but not for free. Globally, lights consume almost one fifth of all electrical energy produced. New street lights based on LED technology aim to halve the power consumed by public lighting. LEDs are not more economical than traditional gas-discharge lamps, but they can illuminate streets more […]

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  • WEATHER AND ARCHITECTURE

    WEATHER AND ARCHITECTURE

    Sea levels are rising and storms are becoming increasingly powerful. Climate change has serious consequences. The cost of the damage caused by extreme weather events around the world is on the increase. Hurricane Katrina cost USD 80 billion; Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 5,000 people – many in their homes. Is our architecture still fulfilling its actual purpose – namely to protect us from the cold and heat, from rain and storms? Architects and engineers have long been discussing how […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

      Imagine driving to the opera, getting out of your car and leaving it to find a parking spot on its own while you go in to take your seat? Sounds convenient, doesn’t it? The global race to build the first autonomous car has already begun. In fact, vehicle manufacturers have been studying the concept of self-driving cars for over 60 years. Science / Technology Length 45’ HD Film by Harald Stocker Original title: Autonomes Fahren Production: bavariaone Film- und […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ENERGY STORAGE – POWER ON DEMAND?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ENERGY STORAGE – POWER ON DEMAND?

    Every power network requires some form of energy storage, because the consumption of electrical energy fluctuates constantly and power stations cannot adapt quickly enough. Many hydraulic power stations, for example, can dam up water and thus allow more or less energy to flow through the turbines as demand requires. The problem is that there are not enough water storage power plants. To save power from renewable energies, scientists are investigating new forms of energy storage. Some houses in Munich have […]

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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – BIOMASS – THE KEY TO THE MOVE TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – BIOMASS – THE KEY TO THE MOVE TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?

    It will only be possible to cover all our power supply needs with renewable energies if we use a mix of different energy sources that supplement each other perfectly. These include wind energy, hydraulic power, photovoltaics and biomass. But what role will biogas power plants really play in the move to alternative energy? In these systems, bacteria break down biomass from agricultural waste to create biogas. However, the waste materials are not available in sufficient quantities, so a further renewable […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATIONS

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATIONS

    For more than 5000 years, humankind has harnessed the power of water. Today, too, hydraulic power is the most important renewable energy source in the world. Austria and Switzerland source more than half their electricity consumption needs from hydraulic power; in Germany this figure is around 4%. When it was built in the Alps in 1924, the Walchensee power station was the largest hydroelectric power station in the world. Nowadays it is still the largest in Germany, although with an […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ELECTRIC MOBILITY

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ELECTRIC MOBILITY

    The Japanese have had electric cars on the market since early 2011. Peugeot, Nissan and Citroen too have been selling their electric models since 2011. Up until 2012 however, German manufacturers had delivered only show cars and promises. The Audi A1 Etron will not be launched until 2013. And BMW has announced that its first electric car will not be available before 2014. Its models I3 and I8 will apparently be proper electric cars and not just retrofitted petrol cars. […]

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