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15.04.2014, Research news
Earthquake simulation tops one quadrillion flops:

Computational record on SuperMUC

Visualization of vibrations inside the Merapi volcano – Image: Alex Breuer (TUM) / Christian Pelties (LMU)

A team of computer scientists, mathematicians and geophysicists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximillians Universitaet Muenchen (LMU) have – with the support of the Leibniz Supercomputing Center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ) – optimized the SeisSol earthquake simulation software on the SuperMUC high performance computer at the LRZ to push its performance beyond the “magical” one petaflop/s mark – one quadrillion floating point operations per second.

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14.04.2014, Campus news
Professor Manfred Prenzel to lead German Council of Science and Humanities

Founding Dean of TUM School of Education elected Chairman of Wissenschaftsrat

[Translate to en:] Prof. Dr. Manfred Prenzel (Foto: Faces by Frank / TUM)

Professor Manfred Prenzel of the Technische Universität München (TUM) has been tapped to lead one of Germany's most influential advisory boards, the Wissenschaftsrat or Council of Science and Humanities. Prenzel holds the Susanne Klatten Endowed Professorship for Empirical Education Research and is the founding Dean of the TUM School of Education. A member of the Council since 2011, he was elected during its plenary meeting on April 11 to serve as Chairman beginning on July 1, 2014.

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11.04.2014, Campus news
Postdoc fellowship opportunities at TUM

TUM now accepting applications for Research Opportunities Week

At Research Opportunities Week, postdoc candidates will get to know TUM and learn more about research at the university. (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM)

Over the course of an entire week, 50 international postdoc candidates will gain first-hand insights into the research opportunities available at Technische Universität München (TUM). Interested academics have between now and May 30 to submit their online applications for “TUM Research Opportunities Week”, which will take place in Munich from October 20 through 24. Successful candidates will additionally have the chance of being awarded a one-year research scholarship at TUM. The application is open to final-year doctoral students and postdocs who obtained their doctorate within the last three years.

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11.04.2014, Campus news
Now accepting applications

New Master’s programs starting in the 2014/2015 winter semester

Four new Master’s programs for TUM (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM)

There is a whole world of choices out there for students who have completed undergraduate degrees and are wondering where to go from there. Technische Universität München (TUM) has just announced four new Master’s programs for the 2014/15 winter semester. The courses and lectures will be taught in German, English or French and TUM is accepting applications now. Another first for the coming winter semester: students will be able to study part-time for Master’s degrees in informatics and in electrical engineering and information technology.

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07.04.2014, Research news
Surplus electrical power converts carbon dioxide into synthetic natural gas

Climate killer as a climate rescuer

Cobalt containing catalyst for the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane – Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

When clouds cloak the sun, the production of solar power drops abruptly. When the wind lulls, wind parks quit producing energy. On the other hand, there are days on which wind power stations must be shut down because there is too much electricity in the grid. The “iC4” project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) aims to optimize the conversion of carbon dioxide into synthetic natural gas – a process that has been known for over 100 years – to make the process economically viable. First successes have now been made.

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03.04.2014, Research news
The way leaders are assessed is determined by stereotypes – and emotions

Women do not apply to “male-sounding” job postings

Man and woman during a job interview

Even the wording of an employment ad can be a crucial factor whether the job goes to a woman or a man – as women tend not to apply in case of doubt. They feel less inclined to respond to ads containing frequently used words like “determined” and “assertive” because such words are linked with male stereotypes. This is one of the findings of a research project in which scientists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) studied how leaders are selected and assessed. They also gleaned some important knowledge about the role of emotions, debunking the cliché that leaders are more successful if they regularly show anger toward their team.

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20.03.2014, Research news
Even young Chinese companies are filing international patents on a massive scale

Innovation replaces imitation

Skyline of Shanghai

Innovation instead of imitation has become the policy of Chinese companies. Economists from Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Munich Innovation Group have analyzed the patent portfolios and internationalization strategies of nearly 80 Chinese companies. The main results: Following in the wake of telecommunications and IT companies, other industries are now heavily investing in their own intellectual property, too. Even young firms are protecting their intellectual property rights on a massive scale in Europe and the US – and yet they are barely known there. The economists have now made profiles of the companies available online.

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20.03.2014, Research news
Researchers find receptor for uric acid crystals

A braking system for immune responses

Picture of uric acid crystals: Uric acid forms needle-like crystals which activate the immune system.

For the first time, researchers have identified a receptor on human cells that specifically recognizes crystals. It is found on immune cells and binds uric acid crystals, which trigger gout but also control immune responses. The team, led by researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM)’s Klinikum rechts der Isar hospital have published their findings in the Immunity journal.

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12.03.2014, Campus news
Ten years of neutrons from FRM II for research, industry and medicine

Anniversary of most powerful neutron source worldwide

FRM I (left) and FRM II, research campus Garching - Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM

For exactly ten years the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz research neutron source (FRM II) of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) has been providing research, industry and medicine with neutrons. Built to the latest safety standards, the facility enjoys such an excellent reputation worldwide that its 27 instruments are overbooked two-fold. Today the TU Muenchen celebrates the 10th anniversary with a festive ceremony in the Department of Physics.

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07.03.2014, Research news
New training methods for paraplegic skiers

Paralampics: Perfect momentum for monoskiers

[Translate to en:] Eine der Top-Favoritinnen in Sotschi: Alpin-Rennläuferin Anna Schaffelhuber trainiert an der TU München.

The Paralympic Winter Games are just around the corner. After her recent triumph at the World Cup, German sit-skier Anna Schaffelhuber is among the favorites to take gold. A specialist in Slalom and Giant Slalom, Schaffelhuber has been training at Technische Universität München (TUM) since 2008. Sports scientist Dr. Peter Spitzenpfeil and his team have developed a new training program tailored to the physical needs of paraplegic monoskiers.

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