University of Freiburg

  • While a gigantic asteroid slamming into the Earth is never a sign of good luck, a new study has shown that the dinosaur-killing asteroid hit the planet at the deadliest possible angle, maximizing the devastating climate change that followed.
  • A new study exploring the potential for deep brain stimulation to treat severe depression has returned "absolutely sensational" results, with the reduction of depressive symptoms being not only fast-acting, but in some cases long-lasting.​
  • Strong and light, spider silk is one of the most impressive materials in the natural world. Now, scientists in Germany and Switzerland have found a new use for spider silk – wrapping up cancer drugs to protect them until they can reach their tumorous targets.
  • To make water repellent coatings that are a self-healing, a team of scientists led by Jürgen Rühe at the University of Freiburg in Germany has come up with a superhydrophobic that sheds its outer skin like a snake to repair itself after being damaged.
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    ​Eagles are known for their sharp vision, but that really applies to the middle of their visual field. This means that while things in the periphery of their vision are of average clarity, the subject that they're watching is in sharp focus. Scientists have now applied that same concept to a camera.
  • A team at the University of Freiburg has given neural networks a better sense of style by developing a method for taking an existing art style and smoothly applying it to a video. Artists, including New York-based Danil Krivoruchko, have already put the system to work with some beautiful results.
  • If you've ever tried cracking open a coconut, then you're no doubt aware of how strong they are. Well, scientists recently analyzed coconut shells, to see what makes them so tough. Their findings could lead the way to building materials that are better able to withstand earthquakes.
  • For approximately 35 percent of patients, medication for high blood pressure doesn't work in the long run. That's why a team of researchers are developing an implantable electronic cuff, that may one day control peoples' blood pressure via electrical pulses within the neck.
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    A team of researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Germany’s University of Freiburg have developed a micro-engine that burns oxygen and hydrogen, but there’s a small problem; they’re not sure how the thing works.
  • Researchers have found charged polymers have the ability to specifically target cancer cells, opening the door for nanoparticles containing cancer-fighting drugs to deliver their payload directly to the tumor.
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    Even though a mature pomelo fruit can weigh up to 2 kg, they remain intact after falling from heights of over 10 meters. The secret lies in the structure of their peel. Scientists have copied that structure, to produce a new type of aluminum composite that's stronger than straight aluminum.
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    In order to keep cockroaches out of air conditioner pipes – along with keeping other insects out of other places – scientists from Germany's University of Freiburg have developed new bio-inspired surface coatings that even sticky-footed bugs can't cling to.