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  • Bacterial control mechanism for adjusting to changing conditions

    How do bacteria adapt?

    Bacterial cultures in a water bath. Reactions to a changing nutrient supply allow conclusions about their regulation. (Photo: Johannes Wiedersich / TUM)

    A fundamental prerequisite for life on earth is the ability of living organisms to adapt to changing environmental conditions. Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have now determined that the regulation mechanisms used by bacteria to adapt to different environments are based on a global control process that can be described in a single equation.

  • Major meta-study on the effectiveness of digital media in schools

    Successful instruction is digital – but not exclusively

    School students and teacher with a tablet PC.

    Secondary school students perform better in natural sciences and mathematics and are more motivated when digital media are used in instruction. However, success also depends on the design of the media used. Success levels are higher when children and young adults do not study alone and when digital instruction is accompanied by traditional teaching materials, according to the conclusion reached by one of the largest investigations on the topic, evaluating approximately 80 individual studies.

  • Exergy Analysis Confirms Advantages of Closed-Loop Recycling of Wood

    Cascade utilisation is also positive for wood

    In cascade use, wood is used much more efficiently with a quota of 46 percent than in simple use. (Photo: R. Rosin / TUM)

    Another ten years — that is approximately how long sustainable forestry will be able to satisfy the continuously growing demand for wood. In Germany and Europe, new concepts are therefore being discussed for more responsible and efficient industrial use of the renewable, but still limited wood resources. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are using data from a European research project to analyze the potential efficiency of multiple use between harvesting and combustion of wood.

  • Dies academicus: Annual Academic Celebration 2017

    A prominent guest and the start of a special year

    President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann (r.) presents Dr. Edmund Stoiber with the title of Honorary Senator.

    This year's Technical University of Munich (TUM) Annual Academic Celebration was reason both to look back and to look ahead: Launching the festivities marking the 150-year anniversary of the founding of TUM, President Wolfgang A. Herrmann presented a preview of the anniversary program and announced the founding of the "Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence", to be led by the winner of the German President's Award for Innovation in Science and Technology, Prof. Sami Haddadin. And long-time Bavarian Minister President Dr. Edmund Stoiber was elevated to the rank of Honorary Senator as an outstanding patron and benefactor of TUM.

  • New program with continuing education for teachers and laboratory equipment

    Biotechnology for the classroom

    Education scientists Dr. Patricia Schöppner und Dagmar Frick testing the biotech equipment, which can be borrowed by schools.

    A new educational program is making the once distant prospect of classroom experiments on genetic engineering with DNA a reality for secondary school students. The Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Amgen Foundation, and the Schülerforschungszentrum Berchtesgadener Land are working together to bring biotechnology into the classroom. The program offers continuing education to teachers as well as the necessary laboratory equipment for lessons. 

  • Building virus-sized structures and saving costs through mass production

    DNA origami surpasses important thresholds

    As big as a virus capsid: dodecahedron constructed from DNA origami building blocks by self-assembly. (Image: Hendrik Dietz / TUM)

    It is the double strands of our genes that make them so strong. Using a technique known as DNA origami, biophysicist Hendrik Dietz has been building nanometer-scale objects for several years at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Now Dietz and his team have not only broken out of the nanometer realm to build larger objects, but have also cut the production costs a thousand-fold. These innovations open a whole new frontier for the technology.

  • New test procedure for developing quick-charging lithium-ion batteries

    Flipping the electron spin

    When lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, metallic lithium gets deposited on the anodes. This reduces battery capacity and lifespan and can even destroy the batteries. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have now presented a process that, for the first time ever, allows this so-called lithium plating process to be investigated directly. This puts new strategies for quick-charging strategies close at hand.

  • Building facades that think for themselves

    Auto-reactive facade ventilation saves energy

    Dr. Philipp Molter and his team have developed a ventilation system for double-glazed facades which automatically opens and closes.

    High-rise buildings with glass facades are energy-guzzlers: They heat up like greenhouses and therefore have to be cooled for most of the year. Now architects at Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a ventilation system for double-glazed facades that makes it possible to cut energy consumption almost in half with very little technical effort, thanks to auto-reactive components.

  • A new deep learning method for more realistic CGI smoke and cloud effects

    Casting call for clouds

    There are two versions of the simulations, a rough draft version and a corresponding detailed, expensive one. In the embedded video Prof. Nils Thuerey explains his research on simulating fluids.

    Compare any movie from the early nineties with one from 2017, and you’ll see just how far moviemakers have progressed in their use of CGI – computer generated imagery – for realistically simulating either parts of or entire scenes in a movie. Nonetheless, natural-looking smoke and clouds remain among the most difficult effects to simulate. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a new CGI methodology that promises to be a game changer.

  • Lymphoma: Important tumor suppressor discovered in immune cells

    Shut-off switch for lymphoma

    With their current study, Prof. Jürgen Ruland (right) and Dr. Tim Wartewig found a new starting point for therapies against lymphoma. (Image: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    A safety switch that automatically stops the device for example before it overheats are built into many electrical appliances. The body's cells are also equipped with this kind of "emergency stop" functions. They make sure that a defective cell doesn't grow uncontrollably, becoming a tumor cell. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered such a switch in immune cells, the T cells. In the future it will be possible to use these results in new therapies for the treatment of T cell Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma triggered by defective immune cells.


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