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 Avalanches – triggered from the valley

When slab avalanches thunder into the valley, winter sports fans are in danger. Researchers have now gained amazing insights into the formation of these avalanches – especially regarding how they are remotely triggered by skiers in more gently inclined areas. more info
  
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 Toys made of liquid wood

Most plastics are based on petroleum. A bio-plastic that consists of one hundred percent renewable raw materials helps to conserve this resource. Researchers have now optimized the plastic in such a way that it is even suitable for products such as Nativity figurines. more info
  
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 Particulate emissions from laser printers

Do laser printers emit pathogenic toner particles into the air? Some people are convinced that they do. As a result, this topic is the subject of public controversy. Researchers have now investigated what particles the printers really do release into the air. more info
  
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 Production line for artificial skin

A fully automated process is set to improve the production of artificial tissue: medical scientists can perform transplants with skin produced in the laboratory. This tissue is also suitable for testing chemicals at a low cost without requiring animal experiments. more info
  
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 Keeping track

Aircrafts and fueling vehicles move around, cleaning brigades come and go. Security staff keep watch on everything to ensure nobody gets into danger. A software will soon help them with their task: It locates people and objects, and immediately detects unauthorized persons. more info
  
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 Rust-proof – even without chromium

For a long time, chromium plating protected car bodies against rust – but this has been prohibited since 2007. However, chromium-free coatings are not suitable for universal use; they have to be adapted to the respective application. A new chromium-free coating can help. more info
  
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 Plastic as a conductor

Plastic that conducts electricity and metal that weighs no more than a feather? It sounds like an upside-down world. Yet researchers have succeeded in making plastics conductive and cutting production costs at the same time. more info
  
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Chemical, Biology, Biotechnology
Energy and construction technology
Information + communications technology, microelectronics
Logistics and traffic
Materials technology and component behaviour
Medical engineering, environmental and health research
Miscellany
Production technology, Process engineering
Testing technology, sensor systems

   
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Dr. rer. nat.  Janine Drexler  janine.drexler@zv.fraunhofer.de
Stefanie Heyduck  stefanie.heyduck@zv.fraunhofer.de
Marion Horn  marion.horn@zv.fraunhofer.de
Beate Koch  beate.koch@zv.fraunhofer.de
Birgit Niesing  birgit.niesing@zv.fraunhofer.de
Isolde Rötzer  isolde.roetzer@zv.fraunhofer.de
Monika Weiner  mweiner@zv.fraunhofer.de

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