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Approximately 12 per cent of the global population suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; most of the affected patients are smokers. So far, there are no options for cure.
A lot of research is being conducted into the acidification of the world’s oceans. A recent study has proved that freshwater bodies are likewise affected. Rising carbon dioxide levels could upset the balance of species.
The scent of grandma’s Christmas biscuits or the cologne of your first love – some odours are like keys to a door into the past.
What used to take months can now be performed within a few days.
Numerous chemical and industrial processes take place in solution. But the exact interactions between solvent and solute are not yet understood.
Researchers have tested the treatment efficacy of a well-known drug for an entirely different disease.
Biocatalysts are large protein molecules. The actual reaction takes place only at a small centrepiece. But the rest also plays a role.
Scientists at Freie Universität Berlin and Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigate the biological production of an energy source of the future.
Why Facebook appeals to materialists.
Genetically modified skin transplants from its own stem cells saved the child’s life.
Exposed to light, plants turn green and form leaves. Not so in the dark. A signal responsible for this phenomenon has now been decoded.
Processes on the micrometre level play a crucial role when it comes to forming large sheets of metal into a car roof.
One day, this technology might help find victims of natural disasters or fires.
Buildings, streets and shops change over time – but so do people: their sense of identity, their urban perceptions and dreams.
Video games are apparently better than their reputation.
Unlike hitherto assumed, cognitive ability does not necessary require a complex mammalian cerebral cortex. A small bird brain is fully sufficient.
Mobile phone networks can be used to control wind power stations. This carries risks.
Whether something smells good or bad, does not solely depend on one’s own nose.
Plate tectonics is the reason for the Earth’s dynamic surface. But when did it first emerge? And will the present-day continents last forever?
There might be a universal code for decoding acoustic signals – from amphibians to mammals.