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  • New mechanism for the formation of metastases revealed

    How obesity promotes breast cancer

    3D spheroid of cultivated breast cancer cells. Invasive cells show a light blue co-staining for the leptin receptor and a marker of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (i.e. the ability of cells to metastasize). Cell nuclei are stained in red. (Image: Helmholtz Zentrum München)

    Obesity leads to the release of cytokines into the bloodstream which impact the metabolism of breast cancer cells, making them more aggressive as a result. Scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM), Helmholtz Zentrum München, and Heidelberg University Hospital report on this in Cell Metabolism. The team has already been able to halt this mechanism with an antibody treatment.

  • Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries

    Electrode materials from the microwave oven

    Pink, microcrystalline lithium cobalt phosphate powder. (Photo: Andreas Battenberg / TUM)

    Power on the go is in demand: The higher the battery capacity, the larger the range of electric cars and the longer the operating time of cell phones and laptops. Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality. The chemist was awarded the Evonik Research Prize for her work.

  • Ten years Bionics Center at TUM

    Technical Innovations Based on Nature

    The first prototype of a shading element for buildings based on the tulip blossom, which was developed at the Professorship for Architectural Design and Building Envelope. (© Carla Baumann)

    The Leonardo da Vinci Center for Bionics” was established over a decade ago at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Since then, the cross-faculty research platform has been promoting the technical development and design of operating principles that nature itself concocted in the evolutionary process: The creative potential in the Test Laboratory of Nature” is translated into technical solutions. For example, the Multi-Arm Snake-Like Manipulator-System was developed at the Department of Microtechnology, an intelligent building shell arose in the architectural department, and concrete segment shells shaped like turtle shells were designed by structural engineers at the TUM. After a decade of breakthroughs under the leadership of engineer Friedrich Pfeiffer, biologist Harald Luksch is now leading the Bionics Center.

  • Neutron star collision: physicists observe counterparts of the gravitational wave signal

    Breakthrough in multi-messenger astronomy

    Artistic rendering of the collision of the two neutron stars .

    For the first time ever, scientists have measured electromagnetic and gravitational signals generated by the collision of neutron stars. In a special research project led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM), physicists with the Collaborative Research Center 1258 “Neutrinos and Dark Matter” team recorded the aftermath of the powerful event. Their findings will facilitate verification of theories on the exact progression of the merger – as well as the theoretical models on sizes, masses and matter properties of neutron stars.

  • New student registration records

    One third of all new students are international

    Students at the main entrance of TUM

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is becoming increasingly international. Of the 13,000-plus new students who have registered for the winter semester, one third come from countries other than Germany – with international students accounting for almost a half of the Master’s programs. The total number of students registered in Munich, Garching, Freising, and Straubing stands at 41,000.

  • World’s largest study gives hints about causes of restless legs syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome: New genetic risk variants found

    Patients with restless legs syndrome experience a strong urge to move at night and suffer from unpleasant sensations such as pain or tingling in the legs. (Image: burakkarademir / iStock)

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is characterized by restless, painful legs that do not settle down at night. The causes are largely unknown. An international team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Center has now carried out the world’s largest genome-wide association study on the genetic causes of the disorder. They discovered 13 new genetic risk variants and identified underlying candidate biological processes.

  • International symposia at TUM

    Additive manufacturing — a revolution in production engineering

    A 3D-printer producing building envelopes.

    Additive manufacturing processes are the major topic for the future of production engineering. Applications range from producing machine parts of metal through to 3D printing of concrete. Two international symposia, currently taking place at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), illustrate the bandwidth of high-tech additive manufacturing, and give insight into the multifarious expertise existing at the TUM.

  • The Architecture Museum and Xylothek are open until 2 a.m.

    Spend "The Long Night of Munich Museums" at the TUM

    In the museum night, the Xylothek is also open, where historical collections and 5000 types of wood are exhibited worldwide. (© Ralf Rosin)

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will open a library without books to celebrate "The Long Night of Munich Museums" event on the 14th of October: 10,000 examples from 5000 of the world's types of wood will be exhibited in the Xylothek to help people identify different species of trees.  The second station at the TUM is the Architecture Museum in the Pinakothek der Moderne Museum. The current exhibition examines what goes into the planning of major temporary events and structures like the Oktoberfest, the Burning Man Festival or refugee camps. 

  • Eurotech Postdoc Programme: Universities pool their strengths for young scientists

    TUM coordinates new EU-funded program for postdocs

    Two young researchers in a laboratory.

    Under the leadership of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the EuroTech Universities Alliance has launched a new program funded by the European Union that will support 80 young scientists. After earning their doctorate, talented young researchers can sharpen their scientific profile in cross-border tandem projects at two or more of the renowned universities of the EuroTech Universities Alliance’s renowned partners.

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