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  • TUM CREATE presents electric taxi at the Tokyo Motor Show:

    Electric taxi „EVA“ for tropical Megacities

    EVA, the  electric taxi for tropical megacities - Photo: TUM CREATE

    TUM CREATE presents an electric taxi for use in tropical megacities at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. “EVA” showcases a new super-fast charging system recharging the battery within 15 minutes, a range of 200 kilometers and an individual air conditioning. TUM CREATE is a common research project of the Technische Universität München (TUM) and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU). As the first university in the world, TUM presents electric vehicle concepts for different climate zones.

  • Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report

    Encouraging Entrepreneurship By Eliminating The Fear Of Failure

    Fear of failure? Some entrepreneurs start with anxieties.

    Entrepreneurship continues to enjoy a high reputation worldwide. However, many people don’t put their plans into action. These are the main findings of the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report 2013 published by Amway and the Technische Universität München (TUM). On average, more than two-thirds (70%) of the population in 24 countries have a positive attitude towards self-employment. 39% of the respondents can imagine starting their own business. A big obstacle is fear of failure: 70% of the respondents feel threatened by it. On the other hand, measures like public funding, start-up loans and entrepreneurship education are encouraging people in their decision to start-up an enterprise.

  • TUM students win World Cup of non-profit organization Enactus

    Success with “one-dollar glasses”

    TUM student Jakob Schillinger measures the visual acuity for the One Dollar Glasses.

    For millions of people across the globe, glasses are an unaffordable luxury. The OneDollarGlasses organization decided to change this, launching a pair of glasses with a price tag of just one dollar. To ensure that this initiative actually reaches the people who need glasses, opticians in developing countries have to be trained on the technology and how to market the innovation. The Enactus team of students at Technische Universität München (TUM) is delivering most of this training. Enactus is a global non-profit organization that gives students the opportunity to use their entrepreneurial skills to improve quality of life for people the world over. The TUM group with its currently five projects faced off competition from 36 other teams to win the Enactus World Cup in October.

  • Winning ranks in international student competition

    Effective water purification using a moss filter

    Katrin Fischer and Ingmar Polte examine moss growth in the lab.

    Students from Technische Universität München (TUM) have achieved an excellent result in the prestigious iGEM competition for Synthetic Biology in the USA, coming second in the “Undergraduates” category. The team developed a genetically modified moss that can act as a cost-effective, renewable mini purifier to remove antibiotics and other drug residues from wastewater.



  • New approach to prevention and therapy

    Multiple action intestinal hormone corrects diabetes

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp with members of his research group

    Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM), together with scientists in the USA, have developed a new therapeutic approach for treatment of type 2 diabetes. A novel single molecule hormone, which acts equally on the receptors of the insulin-stimulating hormones GLP-1 and GIP, was observed to reduce weight and improve blood sugar. The results have now been published in the medical journal 'Science Translational Medicine', and include data from successful clinical studies in partnership with the pharmaceutical company Roche.

  • Climate change alters timing of spring growth in forests

    Warm winters let trees sleep longer

    In a climate chamber scientists studied twigs at different temperature and light conditions.

    In the temperate zones, vegetation follows the change of the seasons. After a winter pause, plants put out new growth in spring. Research has now brought a new correlation to light: The colder the winter, the earlier native plants begin to grow again. Since warmer winters can be expected as the climate changes, the spring development phase for typical forest trees might start later and later – giving an advantage to shrubs and invasive trees that don't depend on the cold.

  • Activation mechanism of a protective protein in the ocular lens resolved

    A protein safeguards against cataracts

    Storage form (24-mer) and active forms of αB-crystallin which protect against cataract

    The refractive power of the human eye lens relies on a densely packed mixture of proteins. Special protective proteins ensure that these proteins do not clump together as time passes. When this protective mechanism fails, the ocular lens becomes clouded – the patient develops a cataract. Scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now resolved the activation mechanism of one of these protective proteins, laying the foundation for the development of new therapeutic alternatives.


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