Viruses are survivors! Desert heat and desiccation can’t harm some of them. An international team led by UDE-Prof. Dr. Alexander J. Probst discovered the viruses and microorganisms in the Atacama Desert. This has been published in two journals.
A protein in our body uses an old needlework trick – that's what molecular biologists have discovered. By connecting amino acids that are only a few nanometers in size, the researchers were able to understand the process at the molecular level.
A physics team from the UDE has developed ultra-thin and very sensitive sensors together with Russian colleagues. These can detect such small concentrations of water vapor as was previously impossible. The detectors are based on highly conductive materials known as MXenes.
The summer floods in Germany have shown once again: "Water bodies and their floodplains need more space – they have to be renaturalized," says UDE-Prof. Daniel Hering. He coordinates the joint project MERLIN, the EU is funding it with 21 mio. euros.