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  • Nanostruktur auf einer Silberoberfläche, gebildet durch Wasserstoffbrücken zwischen den Hydroxamsäure-Gruppen an den Enden des stabförmigen Grundbausteins.
    • Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Pretty with a twist

    Complex, porous, chiral nano-patterns arise from a simple linear building blocks

    Nanoscience can arrange minute molecular entities into nanometric patterns in an orderly manner using self-assembly protocols. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have functionalized a simple rod-like building block with hydroxamic acids at both ends. They form molecular networks that not only display the complexity and beauty of mono-component self-assembly on surfaces; they also exhibit exceptional properties.

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Peschel
    • Event
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    A life's work for stem cell research

    "Tech-Histories Alive" on January 21 with Prof. Christian Peschel

    Today blood stem cells are frequently used in therapy to treat leukemia and lymphoma. But decades of research were necessary before the first successful applications in treatment. On January 21 in the series "Tech-Histories Alive", Prof. Christian Peschel will take a look at the decisive steps in researching stem cell biology, exploring the path to successful application and potentials for further stem cell therapies.

  • Prof. Thomas Hofmann an einem Rednerpult
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    Science and society in transition

    "Munich Talk" on January 20 with TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann

    What is the appropriate role for science and engineering in a world where political certainties are dissolving while global problems such as climate change need solutions? How do research and education need to adapt? Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann, the President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), will address these issues on January 20 in the "Munich Talks" series at the Bavarian School of Public Policy / TUM School of Governance.

  • Mikroskopische Aufnahme von Fettzellen (grün). In Blaufärbung sieht man den Zellkern. Rot ist das so genannte UCP1, ein Transmembranprotein, das Wärme ohne Muskelaktivität wie etwa Zittern generieren kann.
    • Research news
    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Emergence of calorie burning fat cells

    A new approach to treating overweight and obesity

    1.9 billion people in the world are overweight. Of these, 650 million people are obese, which increases the risk of secondary diseases such as high blood pressure or cancer. Professor Martin Klingenspor and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) examine how our fat metabolism affects our body weight and overall health. In cooperation with professor Bart Deplancke’s systems biology group from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the team has now uncovered an entire network of genes that could turn energy storing fat into beneficial calorie burning fat.

  • Zur Messung der Hubble-Konstante wurden Aufnahmen des Hubble-Weltraumteleskops verwendet, die weit entfernte Quasare zeigen, deren Licht von Vordergrundgalaxien umgelenkt wird. (Bild: S. H. Suyu / TUM / MPA, K. C. Wong / Univ. Tokio; NASA; ESA)
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    • Reading time: 4 MIN

    New Hubble constant measurement using cosmic lenses

    New measurement of the universe's expansion rate strengthens call for new physics

    Using cosmic lenses an international team of astrophysicists determined the universe's expansion rate, completely independent of any previous method. The researchers' result further strengthens a troubling discrepancy between the expansion rate calculated from measurements of the local universe and the rate as predicted from background radiation of the early universe. The new study adds evidence to the idea that new theories may be needed to explain the underlying physics.

  • Andreas Sichert und Wolfgang Brand (v.l.), Vorstände von Orcan Energy, vor ihrem Produkt, das aus Abwärme Strom produziert.
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Reading time: 2 MIN

    Climate-friendly energy from waste heat

    Technology Transfer Prize of the German Physical Society awarded to TUM

    The German Physical Society (DPG) is jointly awarding its Technology Transfer Prize to the start-up Orcan Energy, the Chair of Energy Systems of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the TUM Patents and Licenses team. This recognizes the successful research, patent registration and product launch of a technology that converts waste heat into electrical power.

  • Computerillustration von Metastasen in Körpergewebe
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    • Reading time: 3 MIN

    Using AI to understand the spread of cancer

    New deep learning algorithm DeepMACT detects the smallest metastases

    Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the LMU Munich have developed a new algorithm that automatically detects metastases. The new technology uses artificial intelligence (AI) and even finds single disseminated cancer cells in the body of mice. In this way, the spread mechanisms of different types of cancer can be investigated in more detail.

  • Mithilfe eines neuen Verfahrens lässt sich der mechanische Zustand von antiken Bauwerken schnell und unkompliziert bestimmen. Hier ein Computermodell der Zisterne der Ayatekla-Basilika.
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    How stable are ancient structures?

    From mobile phone photo to static calculations

    Cracks in the ankles of Michelangelo's David statue, damaged columns in the cistern of the Hagia Tekla Basilica: Are these ancient structures in danger of collapsing? Researchers at Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a new process that makes it possible to assess the mechanical condition of structures based on photographs.

  • Geschäftspartnerin- und Partner geben sich die Hand.
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    Social status beats money

    If a lie could harm their image, people are more likely to forgo financial benefits

    People are more honest when talking about topics involving high-status knowledge. A new study in behavioral economics shows that this is true even if they have a financial incentive to lie. As expertise about increasingly complex technologies becomes more difficult to verify, questions of trust are getting more and more important in business.