Brown adipose tissue made transparent: Metabolic activity of brown adipose tissue easier to verify with new method

The new laser method MSOT represents brown fat. (Picture: G. Diot/ TUM)

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...[more]

Neuron can cause domino effect – Vulnerability in the brain: Individual damaged neuron types cause neurodegenerative diseases

The "flying genome": The genetic model fly Drosophila melanogaster was investigated for the current study by Prof. Grunwald Kadows' research group on how the odour of animals ages. (Photo: Ariane Böhm / TUM)

If the sense of smell disappears, this can indicate a disease such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. However, unlike previously assumed, general degenerations in the nervous system do not play a leading role in the loss of...[more]

Award for contributions to resource management goes to young TUM researchers

Rüdiger Recknagel, Chief Executive of the Audi Environmental Foundation (left) and Prof. Michael Suda, TUM’s Dean of Academic Affairs for Sustainable Resource Management (right) congratulate the two winners Daniela Angelova (2nd from the left) and Diana Young (2nd from the right). (Photo: Audi)

The Audi Environmental Foundation has recognized the master’s degree theses of two young scientists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) with the “Sustainable Resource Management Award.” The SRM Award brings prize money of...[more]


Ecuador: Deforestation destroys more dry forest than climate change – Study compares dry forest losses due to land use change or global warming

Most of Ecuador's dry forests are located in the southwest of the country, in the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena region. (Photo: Carlos I. Espinosa/UTPL)

Tropical forests all over the world are at risk. Two of the main threats are the deforestation for arable land and climate change. Scientists from Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Thünen-Institute compared the losses due...[more]


Insect die-off: Even common species are becoming rare

Hawkblossom Polyommatus icarus, one of the most common blue owls with rapidly declining populations. (Photo: J. Habel/ TUM)

Together with their colleagues from the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute, scientists of Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able to show that currently widespread insects are threatened with a serious decline in...[more]


Species identification in the water bottle: Which water body conditions influence environmental DNA analysis?

Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect aquatic organisms without having to catch them: Bernhard Stoeckle (right) fetches a water bottle with liquid from a stream. On the left next to him Sebastian Beggel, while Prof. Jürgen Geist is waiting for the rehearsals. (Photo: A. Heddergott/ TUM)

Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. For the first time, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) systematically investigated the effect of various...[more]

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