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Technical Innovations Based on Nature: Ten years Bionics Center at TUM

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...[more]


Preservation of floodplains is flood protection: TUM study gets to the bottom of rivers

The throughflow is decisive for the bottom of a body of water and the chance to change the course of the river creates habitat. (Photo: TUM/J. Geist)

The silting of rivers and streams leads to problems for fish, mussels, and other aquatic organisms because their habitats disappear. However, not only intensive agriculture and erosion are destroying these habitats. Now a study...[more]


How forest fires spoil wine: Formation of unwanted aromas in wine explained

The drier the summer, the more often there are forest fires as seen in the photo of summer 2017 in Southern Italy in the region Basilicata. When vineyards are nearby, the vine takes up the smoky aromas, which can only be ascertained in the finished product. (Photo: iStock / Angelafoto)

If wine is cultivated in an area where forest fires occur more often, such as in Australia or Southern Italy, aromas that make the alcoholic drink unpalatable can develop in the finished product. Until now, it wasn't known why...[more]


Bioengineered livers mimic natural development: Scientists discover that three-dimensional liver buds grown in a dish from stem cells mimic the molecular signatures observed during the natural development of human liver

The treatment of liver disease in the final stage is the liver transplantation. But the number of donated livers is limited. A main goal of regenerative medicine is therefore to produce human tissues that form functioning three-dimensional liver diverticuli. (Photo: Fotolia/Yodiyim)

How do cells work together and use their genome to develop into human liver tissue? An international research team from the Max Planck Institute, headed by Prof. Barbara Treutlein from the Technical University of Munich (TUM),...[more]


Antibody against carcinogenic substance deciphered

When fat reacts with glowing coal at a barbecue, a substance chemists call benzopyrene is created. It is a widespread environmental toxin that can cause cancer in humans. (Photo: Fotolia/Dederer)

Summertime is barbecue time. However, when fat reacts with glowing coal, a substance chemists call benzopyrene is created. It is a widespread environmental toxin that can cause cancer in humans. Since buildings were heated with...[more]


How grassland management without the loss of species works: Conflict between yield maximization and species conservation in agriculture appears reconcilable

The pumpkin spider is one of the species observed for the study. Their name points to the yellowish-green backbones, which reminds of a pumpkin. (Foto: Charlesjsharp Sharp Photography /Creative-Commons-Lizenz CC BY-SA 3.0)

The intensive management of grasslands is bad for biodiversity. However, a study by the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has brought a ray of hope: If different forms of management...[more]


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