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Aus Hautzellen züchten die Wissenschaftler Hautmodelle, an denen neue Anti-Krebswirkstoffe und andere Medikamente getestet werden können.

Skin Cancer from a Lab

Doctoral Candidate Christian Zoschke Works on a Tissue Model for Drug Tests

To Christian Zoschke, being able to do some small part to help both people and animals is good reason to sit in the lab every day, even in fantastic summer weather. Besides that, the 26-year-old doctoral candidate deals daily with the dangerous consequences of getting too much sunshine: As part of his doctoral project at the Institute of Pharmacy at Freie Universität Berlin, he is working on growing skin cancer in the lab.

Die Öffnung der Grabkammer am 20. September 1899. Das größte Hügelgrab im nördlichen Mitteleuropa war kurz zuvor von Arbeitern bei Chaussee-Bauarbeiten entdeckt worden.

A Monumental Tomb under Trees in Prignitz

Archaeological Studies by the Topoi Cluster of Excellence Yield New Insight into the Construction of the Royal Tomb of Seddin

After it was built, nearly 3,000 years ago, the monumental tomb located amid the gently rolling hills of the Prignitz district must have been visible from several kilometers away: a gigantic Bronze Age structure, a dome-shaped hill covered with rocks or a thin layer of grass, ten meters tall and 62 meters in diameter. Today, the tomb – which was discovered in 1899 during quarrying work for road construction near the village of Seddin, in the Prignitz district – lies tucked away under trees, between forests and meadows.

Vorbild Biene: Bienen lernen schnell, sich in unbekanntem Gelände zu orientieren.

GPS with an Insect Brain

Scientists Develop a Flying Robot That Can Orient Itself Autonomously

It buzzes, and it flies – at first glance, that’s all the “NeuroCopter” has in common with a bee. And yet, the busy insect was the role model for the most important part in this approximately 90-centimeter flying robot: the control center. Researchers from Freie Universität are working on developing a “brain” for the robot that is as complex as that of a bee – so the robot can learn for itself how to get around. The results of this fundamental research could help with things like enhancing the performance of navigation systems, such as GPS.

Last Update: Jul 04, 2013