Category: Research

Fraunhofer ISI has estimated how much consumers will accept road transport automation by the year 2050 and what effects this will have on the environment.

Illustration Cockpit autonomous vehicle

In autonomous and networked driving, ways are saved and the driving style is also more efficient.

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Many experts suggest that autonomous and connected driving will change all traffic so fundamentally that the new technology could make a significant contribution to climate (more…)

Organic instead of inorganic electrolytes could make the caching of electricity more environmentally friendly. Lignin is a suitable raw material, electrically active plastics and salt as well.

Animation of the megawatt battery in Alzenau with wind turbines in the background

Photo: CMBlu

The town of Alzenau im extreme northwestern Bavaria is preparing to make a significant contribution to the success of the energy transition. By mid-2019, a 200-kilowatt battery will start operating there.

When the powerful turbo-generators of nuclear (more…)

Dutch researchers have developed a kind of quantum radio. The method could be used in astronomy or medicine, for example, or to study gravity.

Photo of the chip

The quantum chip is only 1 x 1 centimeter square

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Everyone knows weak radio signals from everyday life: the favorite song on the radio suddenly turns into an unpleasant noise, or working on the living room table works not because the wireless router is in the other room and no viable connection (more…)

Free access to information is as critical in an industry as it is in science. But publishing and publications cost money – a lot of money. This dilemma is addressed by the agreement between Wiley and the university consortium in mid-January.

View into a library with white shelves to the left and right of the corridor

In science, access to information is not nice to have, but basic requirement for research at the height of time.

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A consortium of 700 academic institutions and the publisher Wiley (more…)

Researchers from 16 Fraunhofer institutes have developed technical solutions for the restoration and preservation of historical art treasures.

Three-dimensional representation of a male statue from different perspectives

The 3D-scan “CultLab3D” takes the art object 9 Cameras on. A special software generates a three-dimensional digital reconstruction, which will in future also incorporate ultrasound data from within.

Photo: Fraunhofer IBMT

There are various ways to preserve art treasures or cultural monuments in the long term. (more…)

Magnesium air batteries are ideal power storage units, in principle, anyway. They have a high capacity, the raw material is available in sufficient quantities and they can neither burn nor explode. The lifetime is low. This is now being changed.

Two Scientists in the Laboratory

Production of magnesium-air batteries under protective gas atmosphere in Ulm.

Photo: Laila Tkotz / KIT

If it were paper-based, the magnesium-air battery would be hard to beat. It would give cars 4x the same (more…)

With a program that is normally used to predict the spread of epidemics, researchers calculate the winner of the Handball World Cup 2019. Denmark is by far ahead, for the German men in all likelihood, after all, for a solid performance.

Illustration of a handball player in the pitch


Nothing will come of a new winter fairytale. Predict the researchers from Bochum, Dortmund and Munich by means of probability. Denmark will then handball world champion 2019 and Germany will (more…)

A scientist from the Swedish Chalmers University of Technology has succeeded in melting gold without heat. This opens up new possibilities, for example for the development of materials.

Illustration melting gold

Above 1,000 degrees Celsius are normally needed to melt gold. A Swedish scientist succeeded at room temperature.

Photo: Alexander Ericson / Chalmers University of Technology

Ludvig de Knoop, a physicist at Chalmers University of Tech- nology in Gothenburg, just wanted (more…)

By covering solar cells with nanostructures, the entire spectrum of solar rays can be absorbed. This is due to tiny holes with different diameters. The absorption could be improved by up to 200%. For this discovery, researchers at KIT have now received the VDI’s Bionic Award.

Nanostructures with differently shaped holes

What you see here is the microspectroscopic image of a butterfly wing.

Photo: Radwanul Hasan Siddique / Caltech


The wing belongs to a butterfly of the species “ordinary rose”. (more…)

Using a brain-to-brain interface, researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, have managed to capture multiple brains directly connect to. Their subjects worked together on problem solving.

You see a brain (animation) that sends nerve impulses into the environment.

So far, the cooperation of different brains was only possible indirectly via mouse and keyboard. Researchers led by Andrea Stocco of the University of Washington at Seattle have now succeeded in connecting multiple brains directly through a brain-to-brain interface.