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  • The causes and consequences of the hunger crisis in World War I

    Food shortages in World War heightened social inequality

    Rationing stamp for sugar from World War I.

    The First World War brought the German agricultural sector almost to its knees. Despite rationing, there was not enough food to go around and hunger was widespread. Wealthier families were able to afford the more expensive and nutritional foodstuffs available on the black market. This inequality had repercussions for public health, in particular for the growth rates of children. A researcher from Technische Universität München (TUM) has shown that upper-class men born during the war were significantly taller than their contemporaries from poorer backgrounds.

  • Shark antibodies inspire optimization of human antibodies

    Learning from sharks

    Structural model of the IgNAR shark antibody – Image: Janosch Hennig, TUM/Helmholtz Zentrum

    Genetically engineered antibodies are deployed successfully in cancer diagnostics and therapy. Therapeutic antibodies against Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis are currently under development. An important criterion when designing suitable antibody fragments is their stability. Comparing the antibodies of sharks, which are very old from an evolutionary perspective, with those of humans, a team of researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München discovered stabilizing mechanisms that can also be applied to optimize custom-tailored antibodies in humans.

  • TUM can accredit its own study programs following system accreditation

    Quality Seal for TUM Quality Management

    Course at TUM

    Technische Universität München (TUM) has successfully passed through the process of system accreditation that examines a university’s internal quality assurance system. The Accreditation Council thereby certifies that TUM can ensure the high quality of its study programs with its own resources, stating that TUM system substantially exceeds the level required for accreditation. TUM is the first University of Excellence and the first Bavarian university to achieve system accreditation.

  • Max Planck Society and TUM launch new career path for young researchers

    On tenure track at TUM as a Max Planck Research Group Leader

    Young researchers talking

    An excellently equipped lab at a Max Planck Institute, interinstitutional networking with fellow scientists and defined career prospects at a University of Excellence: the Max Planck Society (MPG) and Technische Universität München (TUM) are launching a program for junior scientists, the likes of which has never been seen in Germany. The two institutions are going to jointly appoint the best-qualified young scientists as Max Planck Research Group Leaders in tenure track assistant professorships at TUM. Subject to positive evaluation, after six years they will move up to a permanent post as Associate Professor at TUM.

  • Protein identified as important trigger of antiviral response

    Starting signal for antiviral defense

    The illustration shows a fluorescence image of viral-DNA-Rad50-CARD9 complexes (yellow) in the cytoplasm (transmission light) of a cell. After infecting the cell with a DNA virus, the scientists mark the individual molecules to be observed in the cell with different fluorescent dyes. Here, the DNA is represented in blue/magenta, Rad50 in green and Card9 in red. (Image: A. Rottach / LMU)

    Cells have to protect themselves: against damage in their genetic material for one thing, but also against attack from the outside, by viruses for example. They do this by using different mechanisms: special proteins search out and detect defects in the cell's own DNA, while the immune system takes action against intruders. Scientists from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) have now shown that the two protective mechanisms are linked by a shared protein. The results of their study have been published in Nature Immunology.

  • CHE Ranking: Outstanding ratings in teaching and research

    TUM is Germany’s number 1 in Business Administration and Information Systems

    Students in a library

    Business Administration and Information Systems at the TUM received the most top ratings of all universities in the new ranking by the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE). Most of the grades are awarded by the students themselves. They rated the study situation at the TUM as very good in both disciplines, despite rapidly increasing student numbers in recent years.

  • Register now: New MOOC at TUM starting May 6th

    Online course “Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots”

    Computer simulation of a quadrotor. (Picture: J. Sturm / TUM)

    The future will see flying robots, namely small helicopters with four rotors, so-called “quadrotors”, which will take over the monitoring of hazardous situations or observation flights. Set to be launched on May 6th on the edX platform, the new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of the Technische Universität München (TUM) will teach participants how to navigate these convenient aircraft. The 8-week "Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots" course consists of weekly presentations of learning videos, while participants themselves can complete interactive practice exercises with a quadrotor.

  • Astroparticle physics methodology applied to nuclear facility monitoring

    Using antineutrinos to monitor nuclear reactors

    Dr. Nils Haag developed an experimental setup that allowed him to determine the missing spectrum of uranium 238.

    When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. However, heretofore the cumulative antineutrino spectrum of uranium 238 fission products was missing. Physicists at Technische Universität München (TUM) have now closed this gap using fast neutrons from the Heinz Maier Leibnitz Neutron Research Facility (FRM II).

  • New technique enables detailed insights into mitochondria

    Neuroimaging: Live from inside the cell

    The micrograph shows a peripheral nerve, with the neuromuscular endplates stained in red. The nerve-cell mitochondria were imaged with a fluorescent redox sensor (green in the cytoplasm, yellow at the endplates). (Picture: M. Kerschensteiner and T. Misgeld)

    A novel imaging technique provides insights into the role of redox signaling and reactive oxygen species in living neurons, in real time. Scientists of the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) have developed a new optical microscopy technique to unravel the role of “oxidative stress” in healthy as well as injured nervous systems. The work is reported in the latest issue of Nature Medicine.

  • Earthquake simulation tops one quadrillion flops:

    Computational record on SuperMUC

    Visualization of vibrations inside the Merapi volcano – Image: Alex Breuer (TUM) / Christian Pelties (LMU)

    A team of computer scientists, mathematicians and geophysicists at Technische Universität München (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximillians Universität München (LMU) have – with the support of the Leibniz Supercomputing Center of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (LRZ) – optimized the SeisSol earthquake simulation software on the SuperMUC high performance computer at the LRZ to push its performance beyond the “magical” one petaflop/s mark – one quadrillion floating point operations per second.


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