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  • Institutional Strategy, Graduate School and Research Clusters:

    TUM retains its title of University of Excellence

    Research at TUM will be funded by the excellence initiative furthermore. (Photo: U. Benz / TUM)

    Technische Universität München (TUM) has retained its “University of Excellence” title. Today, TUM’s institutional strategy was approved with its Tenure Track career system for young scientists – the first of its kind in Germany. In addition, TUM plans to intensify cutting-edge research at its interdisciplinary Integrative Research Centers. It is setting up new centers for research into diversity and the social impact of technology (Munich Center for Technology in Society). TUM was also commended for its International Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSSE) and four Clusters of Excellence in collaboration with LMU Munich. At least 
€ 165 million in funding is to be awarded to TUM between 2012 and 2017.

  • Easy, fast, mobile

    Revamped website www.tum.de

    The new www.tum.de on a smartphone. (Photo: Benz / TUM)

    As of today, users of the TUM website will find what they are looking for even faster. The Technische Universität München has made its internet presence cleaner, faster and more mobile. New are not only the look and content of www.tum.de: The TUM now presents itself optimally on mobile devices while on the road. The core areas will be first, with all other pages following in the next few months.

  • Why Stevia is not only sweet but bitter:

    Bitter taste receptors for Stevia sweeteners discovered

    Stevia is regarded as a healthy alternative to sugar. Yet there are drawbacks to the Stevia products recently approved as sweeteners by the European Union. One of these is a long-lasting bitter after-taste. Scientists at Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) and the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) have now identified the receptors on the human tongue mediating the bitter sensation (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).

  • European study investigates birch-, olive- and grasspollens

    Some pollens are much more aggressive than others

    Birch pollens are one of the main triggers of hay fever in Europe (Picture: Fotolia)

    There are pollens – and there are pollens, as scientists from across Europe discovered while investigating the allergic potential of pollens from the three main triggers of hay fever in Europe: birch, grass and olive. Different people can have very different allergic reactions to a particular type of pollen, however, and as the Hialine study researchers have now found, the allergenicity of the pollens also varies. Depending on the time of year and region, the pollens produce different quantities of protein compounds. These are ultimately responsible for the allergic immune reaction.

  • Projectstart Visio.M:

    Electric mass mobility for urban environments

    MUTE serves as test carrier for the Visio.M-Project. Photo: Florian Lehmann / TUM

    Electric vehicles powered by electricity from renewable energy sources are an attractive option for mobility within the urban area and beyond. However, previous approaches lead to vehicles that either are too heavy and too expensive or do not meet mass-market safety requirements. Within the joint research project Visio.M scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), in cooperation with engineers from the automotive industry, will develop concepts to produce electric cars that are efficient, safe, and inexpensive. Lead manager of the project is BMW AG. The project has a total volume of 10.8 million euros and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

  • New results from antarctic neutrino-detector IceCube:

    Doubts about gamma ray bursts as the source of cosmic radiation

    IceCube station in the Antarctic

    Our Earth is incessantly bombarded by high-energy particles, so-called cosmic rays. These comprise especially protons, neutrons, electrons and muons, but also heavier atomic nuclei. Even though they were first discovered exactly 100 years ago, to this day the source of cosmic rays remains one of the greatest mysteries in physics. The IceCube experiment, a huge neutrino detector in Antarctica, has now helped to unravel this mystery a bit further.

  • "Innotruck" demonstrates radical, holistic approach to electromobility

    A vehicle for rethinking mobility rolls into Hannover Messe

    Innotruck at the trade fair in Hannover

    The public and press can see the latest progress in a unique, ongoing electromobility research project during the international trade fair MobiliTec, which takes place April 23-27 at the Hannover Messe. Embodied in a sleek, Colani-designed tractor-trailer that looks more like a spaceship than a truck, the project "Diesel Reloaded" aims to demonstrate how paradigm shifts in automotive, energy, and information technologies can help to address major societal trends and needs. The research group, based at the Technische Universität München, is led by Prof. Dr. Gernot Spiegelberg, who has responsibility for electromobility initiatives at Siemens Corporate Technology and is a Rudolf Diesel Industry Fellow of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study.

  • A look at tomorrow's climate:

    Pollen levels are rising across Europe

    Girl blowing here nose

    From Reykjavik to Thessaloniki, pollen levels are on the increase. A team of researchers headed by Prof. Annette Menzel at the Technische Universität München reports that pollen counts have already risen across Europe in recent years. Their findings are based on an analysis of pollen time series in 13 countries (PLoS ONE). This trend is more pronounced in urban areas, where pollen counts are rising by an average of around three percent per year compared with one percent per year in rural areas. And the scientists believe that climate change will strengthen this trend.

  • Program simulates the behavior of thousand-strong crowds

    Simulator computes evacuation scenarios for major events

    The simulation represents every individual in a ten-thousand crowd. (Photo: REPKA / TUM)

    Predicting how large numbers of visitors to major events will behave is difficult, even using evidence based on past experience. To prevent disasters, however, the police, rescue services and event organizers have to be able to identify dangerous bottlenecks, hidden obstacles and unexpected escape routes in advance. A research group with engineers and computer scientists at Technische Universität München (TUM) has developed a simulator that can be used to compute different scenarios at specific venues. The program can simulate the behavior of tens of thousands of people, making emergency management significantly easier.

  • Saving data in vortex structures:

    New physical phenomenon could drastically reduce energy consumption by computers

    A grid of magnetic vortex structures

    Faster, smaller and more energy-efficient – that is what computers of the future should be like. A new phenomenon stands to make a major contribution in this direction: It needs 100,000 times less current than existing technologies, and the number of atoms needed for a data bit could diminish significantly. A team of physicists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Cologne are driving this technology forward. They have now developed a simple electronic method for moving and reading data bits. The journal Nature Physics reports on their results.

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