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In Colombia, large areas are teeming with mines. Finding them with traditional technologies is as good as impossible.
On many websites users are prompted to prove that they are human by entering symbols that are difficult to read. In case of partially sighted people, audio captchas are used, but there’s room for improvement.
Autonomous micro labs the size of cells that monitor chemical systems from the inside – pure fiction, as yet. But several crucial steps have been taken.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most frequently occurring mental disorders worldwide. Light-activated nerve cells may indicate how they are formed.
Visions of future technologies and lifestyles have influenced many research projects. More often than not, the researchers weren’t aware that they were skirting science fiction.
Humans are experts in facial perception. But not from birth. At which point do children become as skilled at it as adults?
Eike Kiltz studies the hardest problems in mathematics – research doesn’t get any more theoretical and abstract than that. A glimpse into his work routine.
IT security experts dream of unbreakable cryptographic algorithms. Vision or fantasy?
Maren Lorenz researches historical utopias of human breeding. She often sees links to the present.
The idea to improve humans and to optimise procreation emerged long before genetic engineering. As far back as the 18th century, concepts did exist that appear unthinkable from the modern perspective.
Non-contact mounting and manipulation of objects with the aid of light – it sounds like a vision from a science-fiction film. But it is daily routine at the Applied Laser Technologies lab.
Gunda Werner is the first woman to habilitate at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at RUB. For her research, she travelled a distance of 16,000 kilometres by bike through centres of ethnic conflict.
7.5 million children have a severely impaired sense of hearing. Detection at an early stage is important.
The ice-covered Mount Rainier welcomes its few visitors with an inhospitable world. Most people who come here stay only for one hour. Andreas Pflitsch stayed for a week and entered new scientific territory.
Squirrels hide food, monkeys sometimes look thoughtful, dogs can stare as if they know they will face a punishment. Does the same thing happen in the human brain when they think about the future?
Drivers have almost blind faith in GPS. If hackers attack the system, they can cause great damage. The work group Information Security researches into defensive measures.
Specially women love sitting with crossed legs. Varicose vein alarm?
Using your home uni’s login data to access the Wi-Fi network of every other university – eduroam is the key. But users who don’t configure their computers or mobile phones correctly are at risk to be snooped on online.
Quantum computers would be able to crack some of the current encryptions easily. Even though they will exist only in a few years, they can endanger today’s data.
To implement secure encryption techniques, which would protect from quant computer attacks, is a challenge. There is little space and the devices should not cost too much.