Topics for Journalists

Are you a journalist looking for a topic? For example, about an exciting research project, or a professor with a particular field of interest, or a development for the market of the future? Freie Universität has a collection of stories ready for you. To help facilitate your search for new topics, we offer journalists a monthly selection of newsworthy contributions, features, and background reports – as a reference and stimulus for your own articles. If you publish something, we would greatly appreciate a copy or a link to the online text or radio or television broadcast.

Narbe beim Fruchtblatt der Pflanze Arabidopsis thaliana. Die Pollenkörner keimen und bilden Pollenschläuche. Erreichen diese die Samenanlagen, erfolgt die Befruchtung. Ohne Sauerstoffradikale ist der Prozess gestört.

Toxic or Beneficial?

Biologists have discovered why reputedly harmful radicals are important to plant fertilization

The role that reactive oxygen species play in sexual reproduction in plants has been discovered by researchers in the working group headed by biology professor Tina Romeis at the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, together with cooperation partners at the University of Würzburg and the University of Amsterdam.

Die Ur-Leica: Vor 100 Jahren konstruierte Oskar Barnack, Mitarbeiter der Ernst-Leitz-Werke Wetzlar und Fotografie-Pionier, die „Leitz Camera“, die erste Kleinbildkamera, von Barnack selbst „Liliput-Kamera“ genannt.

A “Film Dinosaur” on the Wrong Track

Doctoral candidate Arne Keller studies why camera manufacturer Leica nearly failed

What do department store chain Karstadt, Nokia, and Kodak have in common? All three have faced accusations of failing to respond in time to changing market conditions or new technologies. Long-standing camera manufacturer Leica also belongs on this list – it nearly missed the path to digital technology.

Kairo zählt zu den bevölkerungsreichsten Städten weltweit.

Urban Planning to Beat the Heat

Scientists from Four Countries Study the Impact of Climate Change on Megacities

Cairo, Istanbul, and Nairobi – each of these three megacities has an official population of up to 16 million, with even more uncounted residents in the swelling settlements on the outskirts of town. Traffic chaos is the norm, and during the summer, the heat in the city is almost unbearable. Climate change will further exacerbate the issues faced by booming urban centers over the next few decades. But how can the microclimate in these areas be improved?

Last Update: Jul 04, 2013