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  • The TUM Boring Team in Las Vegas with the trophy for winning "Not-a-Boring-Competition".
    • Mobility, Studies
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    TUM Boring wins in Las Vegas

    TUM students win Elon Musk's "Not-a-Boring Competition"

    Elon Musk's "Not-a-Boring Competition" was held in Las Vegas on Sunday. Eight student teams from around the world competed against one another, drilling with boring machines they had constructed themselves. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) team, TUM Boring, managed to drill 22 of the total 30 meters necessary and came away the undisputed winner.

  • Eco-efficient fertilization protects nature, health, and the wallet.
    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Eco-efficient fertilization

    Researchers calculate billions in environmental and health savings

    Urea is a valuable nitrogen fertilizer which is regularly used in agriculture to fertilize large areas of arable land. However, the release of urea into the atmosphere extensively affects the environment and human health. These affects can be largely mitigated by the addition of “urease inhibitors”, which reduce gaseous ammonia losses. A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now calculated how the use of eco-efficient fertilizers can save billions in environmental and health expenditures.

  • Professor Thomas Korn in the lab.
    • Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Messengers from gut to brain

    Seen for the first time: T cells traveling from the gut and skin to the central nervous system

    Scientists have long been aware of a link between the gut microbiome and the central nervous system (CNS). Until now, however, the immune cells that move from the gut into the CNS and thus the brain had not been identified. A team of researchers in Munich has now succeeded in using violet light to make these migrating T cells visible for the first time. This opens up avenues for developing new treatment options for diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and cancer.

    • Covid-19, Campus news, Studies
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    "Come back to campus!"

    New corona regulations provide solid foundation for in-person semester

    According to Prof. Gerhard Müller, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the new corona regulations of the state of Bavaria provide a solid foundation for in-person instruction in the winter semester. At a joint press conference today with Bavaria's Minister of Science Bernd Sibler, Müller called on students to "Come back to campus!" The so-called 3G rule, according to which students must be vaccinated, recovered, or tested in order to attend classes in person, forms an essential building block of the university's planning, he said.

  • A vision for the mobility of the future: the Hyperloop superfast train.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Event
    • Reading time: 5 MIN

    Faster, more sustainable and smarter travel

    TUM presents the mobile world of the future at IAA MOBILITY

    Will a hyperloop train soon whisk us from Munich to Berlin in just 30 minutes? Will artificial intelligence control our vehicles in the future? And how can we create more effectively networked, climate-friendly forms of urban mobility? These issues are being explored by scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Their research projects will be presented at IAA MOBILITY in Munich from September 7–12.

  • TUM experts will play a key role in research and development at the new Hydrogen Technology User Center.
    • Mobility, Sustainability, Campus news
    • Reading time: 2 MIN

    Go-ahead for technology user center in Bavaria

    TUM expanding hydrogen research

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is delighted that a Hydrogen Technology User Center (WTAZ) in Pfeffenhausen, near Landshut, has now been greenlighted. TUM will participate in the research and development work at the new Center as part of a Bavarian consortium. The decision in favor of this location was announced today by the Federal Ministry of Economics and the Bavarian state government.

  • numbers on a digital spreadsheet

    Using machine learning to understand complex auctions

    New AI algorithm as a tool for economists

    Using a new machine learning algorithm, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has succeeded in analyzing complex markets and their equilibrium strategies. Until now, such analyses were limited to very simple auction markets. The new numerical method opens up new possibilities for economic theory and new applications as in wireless spectrum auctions, among others.

    • Sustainability, Research news
    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    “We play ping pong with the tree”

    Interview with Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig on functional greenery in the urban environment

    More urban green helps to cool down cities. Baubotanik (bau = construction + botanik = botany) is a construction method that incorporates living trees into architectural structures. Specialists in this field at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) envision the use of trees to enhance the functions of the built environment. They use trees for structural purposes as supports for pavilions or balconies or in green facades to benefit the microclimate. In this interview Prof. Ferdinand Ludwig explains how digital tools can be used to integrate growth processes of plants into architectural designs.