November 2019 − Inspiring Science

To the Limit

 

Only approximately four percent of the land mass on Earth is habitable for us humans. Scientists, however, frequently push forward into the most extreme corners of the planet and even into space. Four projects illustrate how it is possible to work in such places – and endure.  ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Unique

 

With his microscope, biologist Gary Greenberg discovers the world anew

each day. His favorite object: sand. ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Thinking in Algorithms

 

Computers can only do what we teach them – but what can we learn from them? Efficient problem solving is one example. However, “

computational thinking” is a learned skill. ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Our Fascination with the Unknown

 

Curiosity helps children understand the world. Later in life, it is essential for successful learning. In the fields of science and economics, it drives innovation.  ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

A Peek Behind the Scenes

 

They are enthralled by the unknown and by the as-of-yet impossible: for scientists, curiosity and creativity are the driving forces that allow them to think one step ahead and get to the bottom of unanswered questions. Three scientists share how curiosity inspires their everyday research. ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Awake Your Curiosity!

 

Children know no censorship and no taboos. These four tips can help you activate your inborn urge to explore. ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Bacteria Paint Pictures

 

For the past 20 years, Erich Schopf has collected single-celled organisms that are invisible to the naked eye. The inventor of “Bacteriography” ensures their transformation into visible art. ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

But Seriously, it’s Science

 

For off-the-wall science that at first strikes you as funny, Marc Abrahams has invented the Ig Nobel Prize, the Anti-Nobel prize. At Harvard University®, Abrahams celebrates the winners in a flamboyant ceremony. Why? ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Start-up With Courage

 

All over the world, doctoral students are working on innovative technologies. Perfect conditions for setting up companies. ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Noah’s Ark for Plants

 

The threat of environmental disasters and wars surrounds us, and crop plants disappear. Seed banks promise a solution – a backup for eternity?  ...

 

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November 2019 − Inspiring Science

Academia's Forgotten Footnote

 

In my third year of grad school, everything seemed to fall apart. I was dealing with my grandmother’s death, and then my girlfriend and I broke up. ...

 

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April 2019 − Inspiring Science

Global Beauties

 

Cosmetics firms send their scientists out into the world for the purpose of researching ethnic personal care traditions. ...

 

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April 2019 − Inspiring Science

The Business of Science

 

Entering the keywords "science fake" into an Internet search engine will yield 760 million results. ...

 

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April 2019 − Inspiring Science

Science Facts, not Science Fiction

 

Artificial intelligence is on the rise. In this interview, Dr. Ulrich Eberl explains where machines already surpass us – and the limits within which they operate. ...

 

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April 2019 − Exploring Life

My Microbiome

 

Our bodies – inside and out – are practically teeming with microscopic life forms, which together make up our microbiome. ...

 

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April 2019 − Guest Contribution

My second Chance

 

I thought that attending a top-ranked university in the West, and especially the United States, would be a guaranteed ticket to success. ...

 

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April 2019 − Exploring Life

Keepers of Microbes

 

The scientists at the Leibniz Institute DSMZ in Braunschweig conduct their research in the realm of the invisible. ...

 

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October 2018 − Inspiring Science

With Prudence and Foresight

 

Science is not the preserve of the groves of academe; it operates right in the heart of society. ...

 

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October 2018 − Inspiring Science

The Alternative is Liquid

 

Greenhouse gas-reduced E-Fuels will be able to contribute significantly to climate protection. ...

 

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October 2018 − Inspiring Science

Diversity at the Top

 

Superb science needs diversity. According to studies, mixed teams produce better research results and women broaden the spectrum of topics. ...

 

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October 2018 − Inspiring Science

Peak Cognitive Performance

 

They recognize words and numbers, they display skill and they plan ahead: how animals baffle science.  ...

 

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October 2018 − Inspiring Science

Brainless and Bright

 

Do trees communicate with their neighbors? Do plants react to music? ...

 

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October 2018 − Exploring Life

Who Wants to Live Forever?

 

Those who are curious about the inner workings of life must take a closer look inside the cell. ...

 

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October 2018 − Exploring Life

Scientific Myth

 

Science generally fulfills the notion that it will refute myths and legends by either logical or experimental means.  ...

 

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October 2018 − Exploring Life

A Quantum Leap

 

The quantum computer is supposed to be able to break any given code, process massive amounts of data and solve complex problems. ...

 

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October 2018 − Exploring Life

Respect your Food!

 

Crooked carrots, brown bananas, expired pasta – every day, edible foods end up in the garbage instead of on the plate. ...

 

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October 2018 − Guest Contribution

My Lessons in Mentorship

 

When I started formally mentoring undergraduate and graduate students almost 2 years ago, I was excited about the opportunity to help young scientists grow, but I was also nervous about the responsibility. ...

 

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April 2018 − Exploring Life

Loose Goods

 

Firing neurons, useful errors: how we learn and why mistakes made by our brains are a pre­requisite for creativity and fresh ideas. ...

 

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April 2018 − Exploring Life

Foreign Green

 

Lost in the woods, clueless in meadows and fields; we humans have lost touch with nature, and valuable knowledge is being irrevocably lost. ...

 

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April 2018 − Guest Contribution

The journey of a scientist mother

 

I got pregnant at 38, not long after obtaining a permanent research position. Until that time,  ...

 

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October 2017 − Inspiring Science

Buzz, buzz, buzz ...

 

Honey producer, economic factor and indicator of a healthy environment: bees are important. Are they also endangered? ...

 

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April 2018 − Exploring Life

A Deeper Look into Ice Cold Molecules

 

Those who are curious about the inner workings of life must take a closer look inside the cell. Cryo electron microscopy delivers a high quality which had never been achieved before. ...

 

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April 2018 − Inspiring Science

From Inspiration to Final Product

 

A fruit serves as a model for a safety helmet and heart implants are made from the silk protein produced by a spider: in the research field of bionics,  ...

 

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October 2017 − Exploring Life

Harnessing Super Plants to Combat Eco-Sins

 

Heavy metals burden the soils of our planet. Researchers have identified more than 500 super plants that independently clean the earth and may even generate raw materials. ...

 

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October 2017 − Exploring Life

In Every Nook and Cranny

 

By the year 2050, more plastic garbage than fish will swim in the world’s oceans – if industry and society are not going to change their ways. Herein, we will explore the origins of microplastic pollution and its consequences. ...

 

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October 2017 − Inspiring Science

It’s All in Your Head

 

Firing neurons, useful errors: how we learn and why mistakes made by our brains are a pre­requisite for creativity and fresh ideas. ...

 

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October 2017 − Exploring Life

The Desert is Alive

 

Inhaling, smelling, sniffing – the human nose is capable of detecting the most diverse aromas. However, the act of smelling encompasses more than the simple scent. If something bothers us, “it stinks”. How are our actions influenced by what lies in the air? ...

 

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October 2017 − Guest Contribution

The Transcontinental Scientist

 

I suppose my penchant for crossing international borders started when I was just 3 months old. That's when my twin brother and I flew across the ocean ...

 

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April 2017 − Exploring Life

How Safe Are Gene Scissors?

 

The genome editing method Crispr is currently a worldwide topic of discussion. Never before has it been so easy to alter the genome of bacteria, plants, animals and humans. The method raises high hopes – but also ethical concerns...

 

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April 2017 − Exploring Life

The Lily of the Desert – the Myth Never Dies

 

For thousands of years, Aloe vera has been credited with healing powers. Viewed through a scientific lens, however, the plant can seldom do its legendary reputation justice...

 

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October 2016 − Inspiring Science

The Power of Fragrance

 

Inhaling, smelling, sniffing – the human nose is capable of detecting the most diverse aromas. However, the act of smelling encompasses more than the simple scent. If something bothers us, “it stinks”. How are our actions influenced by what lies in the air? ...

 

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April 2017 − Inspiring Science

Paper Writing Gone Hollywood

 

So you want to be a writer?” one of my professors asked me when he learned I was interested in a career as an academic scientist – a pointed warning that a life of science is also a life of writing...

 

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