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2010-06-24 10:50:00

Energy from hydrogen "“ scientists from all over the world work on this solution to overcome the energy crisis. Amongst other things they try to use the sunlight as driving force for the splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen. In trying to copy the photosynthesis in the laboratory a team of scientists of the Universities of Jena and Erlangen-Nrnberg and of the Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT) in Jena (Germany) made a huge step forward. The physicists and chemists were able...

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2010-06-10 10:06:07

Slugs are every gardener's enemy: They can destroy overnight, what he has sown and looked after lovingly. But snails don't like all plants in the same way "“ they shun moss. Why is that so? This question was already posed by the botanist and founder of Chemical Ecology, Ernst Stahl, at the end of the 19th century in Jena. More than a hundred years later chemists from Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany) found a possible answer: "Moss is capable of building up chemical compounds...

2010-03-30 14:35:00

"Watch out, it'll hurt for a second." Not only children but also many adults get uneasy when they hear those words from their doctor. And, as soon as the needle touches their skin the piercing pain can be felt very clearly. "After such an experience it is enough to simply imagine a needle at the next vaccination appointment to activate our pain memory", knows Prof. Dr. Thomas Weiss from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. As the scientist and his team from the Dept. of Biological and...