SCIENCE

  • CHRONOBIOLOGY

    CHRONOBIOLOGY

        For thousands of years, people were able to live in sync with their “inner clock”. In our modern world, however, this is scarcely possible. Work, school or studies – for many people the day starts with the sound of an alarm clock. Still tired and sleepy, we try to get up to start the day. So why don’t we simply go to bed earlier the night before, despite having firmly decided to do so? Late risers have a […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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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  • THE BERLIN PATIENT

    THE BERLIN PATIENT

    A sensation in the scientific community: The first person to ever be cured of AIDS. Get an insight into three promising research approaches across the globe. For years, researchers believed that a cure for AIDS was impossible. But all that changed four years ago when an American, Timothy Ray Brown, became the first patient in the world to be cured of HIV at the Berlin Charité hospital. In fact he was cured of both HIV and leukaemia, by using stem […]

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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – 3D – THE “WOW” EFFECT

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – 3D – THE “WOW” EFFECT

    3D is booming – and not just in cinemas. 3D is apparently on its way to a living room near you! Practically every TV manufacturer already offers 3D televisions, even though there are not many films or broadcasts available in 3D, So what does this muchcoveted “WOW” effect bring us? This easily comprehensible science documentary illustrates from various perspectives the opportunities offered by this new technology as well as the associated challenges. Neurologists, opticians, engineers, graphic designers and actors give […]

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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ECO-PLANES

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ECO-PLANES

    More than 80,000 air transport movements take place around the globe every day. Since the start of the Jet Age 50 years ago, air travel has recorded mammoth growth rates, placing a very real burden on the earth’s climate and on people living near airports. For this reason, engineers are working hard on ‘eco’ or ‘green’ jet engines. Optimising the turbines can lower fuel consumption, a concept that impresses many aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Mitsubishi Aircraft. In terms […]

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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – WHERE ARE THE ROBOTS?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – WHERE ARE THE ROBOTS?

    Humanoid robots are a common feature in sci-fi: human in appearance, they help in the home, provide assistance to the physically handicapped and provide company for lonely pensioners. And yet a peek behind the curtain of robotics research shows that you really need to be an optimist when working in the field of robotics. There is still a long and difficult road to travel before we arrive at the day when a household robot can bake a cake. In contrast […]

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