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The gods of small things

Heterometallic copper-aluminum super atom discovered

27-Sep-2018

On the outside, the cluster made of 55 copper and aluminum atoms looks like a crystal, but chemically it has the properties of an atom. The heterometallic superatom which chemists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have created provides the prerequisites for developing new, more ...

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Pollen taxi for bacteria

23-Jul-2018

A wide range of airborne substances can cause respiratory problems for asthma sufferers. These include bacteria and their components, which can trigger inflammations. How they become airborne has not been fully explained up to now. A science team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and ...

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The attosecond stopwatch

Chemical reactions in the light of ultrashort X-ray pulses from free-electron lasers

02-Jul-2018

Ultra-short, high-intensity X-ray flashes open the door to the foundations of chemical reactions. Free-electron lasers generate these kinds of pulses, but there is a catch: the pulses vary in duration and energy. An international research team has now presented a solution: Using a ring of 16 ...

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More than just a good flavor

Flavoring substances stimulate immune defenses

19-Jun-2018

Not only do citric acid and spicy 6-gingerol from ginger add special flavors to food and beverages; both substances also stimulate the molecular defenses in human saliva. That is the result of a human clinical trial by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute ...

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Organic insect deterrent for agriculture

Biodegradable crop protection products without risks or side effects

08-Jun-2018

Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed an alternative: A biodegradable agent ...

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Switching with molecules

Molecular switch will facilitate the development of pioneering electro-optical devices

28-May-2018

A research team led by physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed molecular nanoswitches that can be toggled between two structurally different states using an applied voltage. They can serve as the basis for a pioneering class of devices that could replace silicon-based ...

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In the beginning was the phase separation

Was a simple mechanism decisive for the origin of life?

25-May-2018

The question of the origin of life remains one of the oldest unanswered scientific questions. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now shown for the first time that phase separation is an extremely efficient way of controlling the selection of chemical building blocks and ...

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Microarray rapid test speeds up detection in case of a Legionella pneumophila outbreak

26-Mar-2018

In an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, finding the exact source as quickly as possible is essential to preventing further infections. To date, a detailed analysis takes days. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have now developed a rapid test that achieves the same result in about ...

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Brown adipose tissue made transparent

14-Mar-2018

Brown adipose tissue has played a key role in prevention research since its presence was first documented in adults. However, there was no non-invasive method of measuring its heat generation. A team at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München has now succeeded in ...

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Histology in 3D

New staining method enables Nano-CT imaging of tissue samples

26-Feb-2018

To date, examining patient tissue samples has meant cutting them into thin slices for histological analysis. This might now be set to change – thanks to a new staining method devised by an interdisciplinary team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This allows specialists to investigate ...

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