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  • 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.

  • Molecular basis for the development of new drugs against autoimmune diseases:

    Determination of the immunoproteasome crystal structure

    Immunoproteasome

    Like a shredder, the immunoproteasome cuts down proteins into peptides that are subsequently presented on the cellular surface. The immune system can distinguish between self and nonself peptides and selectively kills cells that due to a viral infection present non-self peptides at their surface. In autoimmune diseases this mechanism is deregulated and the immune system also eliminates uninfected cells by mistake. However, inhibition of the immunoproteasome may alleviate disease symptoms and progression. Biochemists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) now succeeded in determining the first crystal structure of an immunoproteasome. The results are reported in the renowned journal "Cell" and will enable the development of new drugs that selectively target the immunoproteasome.

  • Scientists discover new approach for cancer medication

    New class of drugs for the reversible inhibition of proteasomes

    A hydroxyurea derivative blocks the proteasome

    As the "recycling plant" of the cell, the proteasome regulates vitally important functions. When it is inhibited, the cell chokes on its own waste. Cancer cells, in particular, are very sensitive because they need the proteasome for their uncontrolled growth. Biochemists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have now identified the lead structure of a new class of drugs that attacks the proteasome in an unusual way. New medication could be developed on the basis of this previously unknown binding mechanism. The scientists report their results in the scientific journal "Angewandte Chemie".

  • New research center for translational oncology (TranslaTUM) to be built at University Hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar

    New TranslaTUM research center to promote cancer research

    The modern resesearch center TranslaTUM is scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. The picture shows a simulation of the building. (Image: doranth post architekten)

    A research center for translational oncology (TranslaTUM) is being built at the Munich location. The Joint Science Conference (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK), established by the German Federal Government and the Federal States has now given the green light to the funding application submitted by Technical University of Munich (TUM). The purpose of the center is to improve the chances of a cure for cancer patients by developing and applying (translating) new methods.

  • TU München presents its electromobility vehicle concept MUTE

    MUTE: the efficient city car

    MUTE – the efficient city car

    With its electric vehicle MUTE, the Technische Universität München (TUM) presents the first publicly visible result of its research program TUM.Energy. MUTE will showcase the TUM’s answer to future challenges in personal mobility at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. MUTE is a purely electric, energy-efficient vehicle that meets all requirements of a full-fledged car. With MUTE, the 20 involved departments present a strategy for manufacturing a mass-production vehicle at an overall cost on par with that of comparable combustion engine vehicles.

  • Interaction between tumor suppressor protein and chaperone revealed:

    A chaperone for the “guardian of the genome”

    HSP90 protects p53 at risk.

    The protein p53 plays an essential role in the prevention of cancer by initiating the controlled death of a cell with damaged genes which is in danger to transform into a cancerous cell. The heat shock protein Hsp90, in turn, activates and stabilizes p53. Now scientists of the Technische Universität München (TUM) have discovered both the site where the two proteins interact and the interaction mechanism. The results of their work are reported in the current edition of the publication Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.

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