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01.04.2015, Research news
Food poisoning: new detection method for bacterial toxin

A multi-faceted poison

Typical growth pattern of Bacillus cereuscolonies in petri dishes.

The Bacillus cereus bacteria is one of the potential causes of food poisoning. Indeed, a recent study in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry shows that this versatile pathogen produces 19 different variants of a poison that causes nausea and vomiting in human beings. This variety could explain why some cases are relatively benign and others can result in death. 

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30.03.2015, Research news
Picosecond measurements reveal high conductivity of topological insulators

Fascinating quantum transport on a surface

Bismuth-selenide sample between two gold electrodes – Image: Christoph Hohmann / NIM

Topological insulators are an exceptional group of materials. Their interior acts as an insulator, but the surface conducts electricity extremely well. Scientists at The Technische Universität München now could measure this for the first time directly, with extremely high temporal resolution and at room temperature. In addition, they succeeded to influence the direction of the surface currents with a polarized laser beam.

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26.03.2015, Research news
Arm-waving nanorobot signals new flexibility in DNA origami

Designer's toolkit for dynamic DNA nanomachines

(l-r) Thomas Gerling, Andrea Neuner, Klaus Wagenbauer, and Prof. Hendrik Dietz. (Photo: U. Benz / TUM)

The latest DNA nanodevices created at the Technische Universität München (TUM) – including a robot with movable arms, a book that opens and closes, a switchable gear, and an actuator – may be intriguing in their own right, but that's not the point. They demonstrate a breakthrough in the science of using DNA as a programmable building material for nanometer-scale structures and machines. Results published in the journal Science reveal a new approach to joining – and reconfiguring – modular 3D building units, by snapping together complementary shapes instead of zipping together strings of base pairs. This not only opens the way for practical nanomachines with moving parts, but also offers a toolkit that makes it easier to program their self-assembly.

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25.03.2015, Research news
New biodiversity concepts for urban areas

Animal-Aided Design: planning for people and animals

Animal-Aided Design - cover of the booklet

Many of Europe’s cities are expanding. Rising demand for more housing space means undeveloped land and green areas are disappearing, and with them the habitat for many animals. In order to protect established species or introduce new ones, scientists have developed the Animal-Aided Design (AAD) concept. The idea is to integrate the requirements of species affected into the urban planning process right from the start. This would not only create valuable refuges for birds, reptiles and mammals, but also improve quality of life for city dwellers.

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20.03.2015, Research news
A total of eight ERC grants worth 15.4 million euros in research funding

TUM top German university for ERC Consolidator Grants

ERC Grantee Prof. Reinhard Kienberger investigates fluorescing molecules with the help of these lasers.

Scientists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) have been awarded six ERC Consolidator Grants and two ERC Starting Grants. The European Research Council (ERC) will provide a total of 15.4 million euros for the associated research projects over a period of five years. This makes the TUM Germany’s most successful university in this round of Consolidator Grants and fourth among European universities.

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18.03.2015, Research news
German government project for preservation of cultural heritage in China

Conservators preserve the paint layers of the Terracotta Army

Conservators preserve the paint layers of the Terracotta Army

They wore vibrantly colored garments with complicated patterns and colorful ribbons, one of them even had a face green with makeup. Every figure of the famous Terracotta Army is unique and deceptively realistic in its facial expression, hair style, clothes and stature. An incredibly detailed and hitherto unparalleled work of art. Conservators from the Technische Universität München (TUM) have spent years of intricate work to decipher and reconstruct the paint layers of the warriors and to find ways of preserving them.

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16.03.2015, Research news
TUM computer scientists present tools to protect against cyber attacks at CeBIT (D40, Hall 9)

Peeroskop takes a close look at the Internet

[Translate to en:] Das Internet unter dem Peeroskop.

A world without the Internet - hardly conceivable. The network of networks has developed into a critical infrastructure. Which makes its vulnerability all the more astonishing. Computer scientists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) are presenting tools that facilitate a better understanding and better protection of the Internet at this year's CeBIT.

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13.03.2015, Research news
"Good provider" - a solarhouse that produces electricity, water, and food

University team builds “NexusHaus” for U.S. Solar Decathlon

Bird eye perspective of the "NexusHaus"

A house that generates more electricity than its inhabitants consume – many examples of such “energy-plus houses” already exist. Students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) now go one step further: They are designing and building a plus-energy house that consists almost entirely of sustainable materials and is also equipped with an efficient water-treatment system. With their "NexusHaus", they are the only team with German participants to have qualified for the renowned U.S. Solar Decathlon Competition 2015. The initial construction work and tests on the house are now taking place in Austin.

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12.03.2015, Research news
TUM computer scientist makes simulations more realistic yet

In pursuit of the perfectly animated cloud of smoke

In pursuit of the perfectly animated cloud of smoke.

Simulations of impressive landscapes and alien creatures have become commonplace, especially in fantasy and science fiction films. But simulations are also appearing in ever more medical and engineering applications. However, the road to a perfect illusion is complex and time-intensive. Nils Thürey, professor at the Technische Universität München (TUM) an his colleagues have now developed a methodology that could accelerate these calculations. 

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11.03.2015, Research news
Scientists analyze beer from a shipwreck

What did beer taste like in the 1840s?

Beer from the 1840s shipwreck: chemical analyses yield clues to an old brew's recipe.

Some breweries have taken to resurrecting the flavors of ages past. Adventurous beer makers are extrapolating recipes from clues that archeologists have uncovered from old and even ancient brews found at historical sites. Now scientists have analyzed some of the oldest preserved beer samples from an 1840s' shipwreck to try to provide insight into how they were made. They report their findings in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry.

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