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21.05.2015, Research news
Brain tumors: Mapping of motor areas in the brain by magnetic stimulation

Millimeter by millimeter towards a better prognosis

nTMS mapping of a tumor (orange): Neural pathways and essential position points for language regions are shown in pink, important points for motor areas in green, and neural pathways for motor areas in yellow. (Graphic: Sandro Krieg / TUM)

A method known as navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) has been gaining importance in neurosurgery for some time now. Among other applications, it is used to map brain tumors before an operation and to test whether important regions of the brain, for example motor and language areas, are affected. Doctors at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now shown that preoperative nTMS analysis of motor areas improves the prognosis of patients with malignant brain tumors.

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15.05.2015, Research news
Advance in 3-D printing could have broad applications

Soft-tissue engineering for hard-working cartilage

Confocal laser microscopy of a scaffold populated with human mesenchymal precursor cells. Image: D. Hutmacher / QUT

An international study published in the journal Nature Communications points the way toward wider, more effective use of biocompatible materials in repairing human tissues. Focusing on the difficult case of restoring cartilage, which requires both flexibility and mechanical strength, the researchers investigated a new combination of 3-D printed microfiber scaffolding and hydrogels. The composites they tested showed elasticity and stiffness comparable to knee-joint tissue, as well as the ability to support the growth and cross-linking of human cartilage cells. Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) expect the new approach to have an impact on other areas of soft-tissue engineering research, including breast reconstruction and heart tissue engineering.

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13.05.2015, Research news
TUM and SAP found "Initiative for Digital Transformation"

Research platform for digital technology-driven organizational change

Prof. Dr. Helmut Krcmar (l.) and Gerhard Oswald.

Technische Universität München (TUM) and SAP announced founding the "Initiative for Digital Transformation" (IDT). The IDT is intended to serve as a research platform on the fundamental issues and dynamics underlying the ability of enterprises to leverage their potential for digital technology-driven organizational change. The goal is to promote innovative business development to create economic growth. 

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12.05.2015, Research news
Record-breaking magnetic shielding for high-precision experiments

The weakest magnetic field in the solar system

Prof. Peter Fierlinger (l) and co-author Michael Sturm working at the magnetically shielded measuring room – Photo: Astrid Eckert / TUM

Magnetic fields easily penetrate matter. Creating a space practically devoid of magnetic fields thus presents a great challenge. An international team of physicists has now developed a shielding that dampens low frequency magnetic fields more than a million-fold. Using this mechanism, they have created a space that boasts the weakest magnetic field of our solar system. The physicists now intend to carry out precision experiments there.

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06.05.2015, Campus news
New building in Garching: Unique infrastructure for start-up entrepreneurs

TUM and UnternehmerTUM open Entrepreneurship Center

[Translate to en:] Außenansicht Entrepreneurship Center

The Munich metropolitan region now boasts an Entrepreneurship Center that is one of a kind in Europe and provides technology-focused start-up entrepreneurs an end-to-end offering – from the initial seed of an idea to the growth phase. The new building inaugurated today at Campus Garching hosts a venue for TUM and its affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation, to combine its services for start-up entrepreneurs under one roof. The MakerSpace high-tech workshop offers equipment for building prototypes and manufacturing small series. Academic chairs from the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute round out the alliance between practical application, research and teaching.

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30.04.2015, Research news
DNA analysis for disease prevention in breeding populations

Scientists identify cause of growth disorder in cattle

Two 19-week-old calves: the one on the left carries the genetic defect resulting in stunted growth, while the one on the right exhibits normal development

Young cattle that barely grow or gain weight despite normal feed intake: while relatively rare, this growth disorder occasionally affects the Fleckvieh breed. Thanks to comprehensive DNA analysis, researchers have succeeded in predicting the occurrence of this disease and determining the precise genetic cause – knowledge that could now help to prevent its propagation in cattle breeding.

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03.05.2015, TUM im Fernsehen
BBC program “Horizons” reports on research at TUM

Self-healing concrete and the eSeater on BBC World News

Behind the scenes: Horizons presenter Alex Forrest and Prof. Gernot Spiegelberg take a spin in the eSeater. (Picture: S. Reiffert / TUM)

The current episode of “Horizons” on BBC World News shows two research projects with TUM participation. Prof. Christian Grosse develops concrete that heals itself. And Prof. Gernot Spiegelberg drives through the university with a reporter in the “eSeater.” In the future, this electric taxi is expected to drive itself autonomously, fold itself up to park, and come quickly when a customer wants it.

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30.04.2015, Research news
Novel X-ray technology improves contrast in soft tissue

Compact synchrotron makes tumors visible

The accelerator of the compact light source – Photo: Klaus Achterhold / TUM

Soft tissue disorders like tumors are very difficult to recognize using normal X-ray machines. There is hardly any distinction between healthy tissue and tumors. Researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now developed a technology using a compact synchrotron source that measures not only X-ray absorption, but also phase shifts and scattering. Tissue that is hardly recognizable using traditional X-ray machines is now visible.

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29.04.2015, Research news
Scientists analyze champagne from sunken cargo ship

Shipwreck champagne: Pleasant, with a low alcohol content

Champagne bottles at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Even wine experts seldom have the opportunity to taste champagne that has been preserved this well. Divers recently recovered around 200 bottles of champagne from a cargo ship that sunk in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Finland in 1840. After tasting and biochemically testing the contents of the bottles, researchers have discovered that champagne in the nineteenth century was sweeter than it is today. And with an alcohol content of only around 10 percent, it was also less alcoholic. Their findings have now been published in PNAS.

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29.04.2015, TUM in Rankings
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015

TUM leading the way globally in physics, mechanical engineering and chemistry

Chemistry at TUM is a very good address for students: Together with physics/astronomy and mechanical engineering it achieved a worldwide top 20 ranking. (Photo: A. Heddergott / TUM)

According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, published today, Technische Universität München (TUM) is ranked among the top fifty universities worldwide in nine subjects. In physics/astronomy, mechanical engineering and chemistry, TUM achieved a worldwide top 20 ranking. TUM was already ranked the 54th best university in the world in the QS World University Rankings published in September 2014.

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