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.

Für Pflanzen sind Chloroplasten lebenswichtige, aber auch nicht ganz ungefährliche „Zellmieter“. Das Forscherteam untersucht, wie die Kommunikation zwischen beiden funktioniert.

Green “Power Plants”

A team of biologists has discovered a new control system that is important to how plants adjust to light

Plants can adapt to changing light conditions. This is made possible by photoreceptors that sense light at different wavelengths and translate it into signals – the language of cells. A group of biologists from Freie Universität Berlin and Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf have jointly studied how the light signals affect the green “power plants” in the plant cells, the chloroplasts.

Fluoreszierende Felder: Das Foto zeigt eine Satellitenaufnahme von Nordamerika, auf der man gut den Getreidegürtel als hell leuchtenden Bereich in derMitte des amerikanischen Kontinents sehen kann.

Researchers from Freie Universität Berlin and NASA Measure Photosynthesis Activity

Recognizing at a glance how well the corn crop is growing in an entire region – and doing so from space, no less

This is no longer a vague vision of the future, but instead a practical method developed by researchers at Freie Universität and scientists from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In one study, they used the method to show that the U.S. Midwest has the highest photosynthetic activity of any region on Earth.

Die Psychologin Anna Metzler will Forschung und ihre Arbeit als Therapeutin für Kinder und Jugendliche verbinden.

When Facebook Makes People Happy

Psychologist Anna Metzler studies the behavior of children and teens on the social network Facebook

Abbreviations like “LOL” and “HDL” (for hab’ dich lieb, or “love ya”) and the Like button – all of them are things that Anna Metzler has seen for several hours a day recently. Metzler, a psychologist, is doing research on the behavior of teens and young people on the social network for her dissertation at Freie Universität Berlin under the working title You and Facebook, and that includes using Internet jargon and abbreviations like LOL (“laughing out loud”) and HDL.

Last Update: Jul 04, 2013