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.
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An Udderly New Idea
A medical breakthrough 225 years ago brought the first vaccination against smallpox
The Last of Their Kind
An international project to protect the African penguin aims to find common ground between ecological and economic interests
Dominion Over the Earth?
Geoscientist Reinhold Leinfelder urges rethinking our role as humans in the Anthropocene era
Calculating Sustainable Solutions
Shaping the ecological turnaround: Mathematician Sarah Wolf analyzes agent-based modeling for sustainability issues.
Deciphering the Stories behind Art
Religion and literature are the key to understanding Islamic art, says distinguished art historian
How Global is the “Global Village”?
The internet as a worldwide public sphere? Not so fast, says a new study
Waiting for Spring
The new Coordination Office for Bee Health at Freie Universität Berlin aims to support hobby beekeepers, honeybees, and official veterinarians as beekeeping becomes a popular pastime in the city.
Nuclear Power Phase-out in 999,990 Years
Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster and 35 years after Chernobyl: Germany is making a fresh attempt to find a repository for high-level radioactive waste
The Smell of “The Smoke”
What did Londoners in the past think about the air quality in their city? Historian Birgit Näther finds out
New Research on Classic Meds
Some drugs have been used for such a long time and so frequently that medicine can no longer be imagined without them – for example, aspirin, the antibiotic penicillin, or heparin
Consolidating Knowledge about Contemporary Asia: Graduate School of East Asian Studies has new board
Next lecture in the GEAS Digital Lecture Series on February 25, 12:00: “Remembering the 3.11 triple disaster in Japan”
Like an Open Wound
The British Parliament passed the Government of Ireland Act 100 years ago, leading to the partition of Ireland after the War of Independence
Food for Justice
Researchers are investigating how inequalities arise in the global food system and how they can be avoided
How Do I Tell My Patients?
New study finds careful choice of words helps people understand medical findings better
Between East and West
Scientists from the Berlin Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, together with researchers in the Caucasus, are studying the diversity of plants in this region.
The Danger Experts
A research team is examining how weather influences the likelihood of traffic accidents – and what we can do to help
The Evolution of the Human Brain
Human biology professor Katja Nowick is investigating what makes the human brain so unique
Search Engine for Security Vulnerabilities
A computer science team at Freie Universität has developed software that scans the entire Internet for security gaps.
Your Immune System – Your Accomplice
New research on effective vaccines and remedies focuses on the immune reaction of cells to SARS-CoV-2 as well as reproducing and manipulating the pathogen genome
The Literary Detective
Refqa Abu-Remaileh, a professor of modern Arabic literature and film at Freie Universität, researches the fragmented and unconventional Palestinian literature.
What changes, when people receive an unconditional basic income? A new experiment is underway to find out
Researchers at the Botanical Garden are investigating the relationship between plants and humans.
Virus Shields Tailored to Fit
Multivalent virus inhibitors can prevent pathogens from infecting cells
Tomography on a Grand Scale
Geologists investigate mountain forming processes in the Alps with the help of earthquakes at the other end of the world
“Thinking Without Banisters”
The German-American Hannah Arendt was one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. The first complete critical edition of her writings is now being published by Freie Universität Berlin.
Living with Hotter Weather
Social life can be adapted to hot, dry summers, both in rural areas and small towns
Quenching Even the Tallest Thirst
How trees suck up water from the ground and avoid embolisms
Eating High on the Hog with Superfoods for Pigs
Rye is good for pigs and offers a whole host of advantages that even benefit the environment
Is There Something in the Air?
Scientists at Freie Universität investigate whether and how the novel coronavirus can be transmitted via aerosol particles.
Tiny, But Armed
Insects have immune systems, too. A new DFG research group is investigating them using six species as case studies. The findings could also be useful for humans.
Still Struggling over Interpretation
75 Years after the End of World War II: The war in Asia ended almost four months later than in Europe.
An American poster campaign from the 1930s and 1940s urged parents to immunize their children against smallpox.
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Wading into the water for a swim – and a snack. Researchers are investigating how they can protect the African penguin, an endangered species.
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Permanent detritus. There are no natural decomposers for machines and buildings.
Image Credit: Illustration: Henning Wagenbreth, UdK Berlin
The language of math: Working in the field of mathematics, Sarah Wolf tackles issues in ecology and provides clear-cut definitions.
Image Credit: Jan-Hendrik Niemann
Wendy Shaw, a professor of art history at Freie Universität, is calling for a new way of perceiving “Islamic art.”
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A message for God: Student Alon Nir adds news tweets to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem (September 2011).
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Buzz off! Bees huddle together in the winter months to keep warm – and don’t want to be disturbed. Beekeepers have a much lower workload during the winter.
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Silent prayer. On March 11, 2020, large numbers of people gathered at a memorial in Hibiya Park in Tokyo to commemorate the thousands of victims of the 2011 tsunami in eastern Japan that led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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By the Thames. Blackfriars Bridge by William Marlow (1770–1772). The bridge was completed in 1769. Over time, the mixture of salt and pollution in the river badly damaged its limestone arches.
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Tracking down the composition of heparin: Disaccharides – formerly called double sugars – are organic-chemical compounds from the group of carbohydrates.
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Professors Elena Meyer-Clement, Eun-Jeung Lee, and Cornelia Reiher (from left to right) form the new board of the Graduate School for East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.
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The border (seen here near Jonesborough in Northern Ireland’s County Armagh), between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, marks the external border of the European Union as of January 1, 2021.
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Marcha das Margaridas: Brazilian women from trade unions and feminist organizations march together, demonstrating for their rights.
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Making facts understandable: A careful choice of words when delivering a diagnosis can improve communication.
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Mosaic of different habitats: Mountainous landscape in the North Caucasus (Karachay-Cherkessia, Russian Federation).
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When the streets are wet or icy, the number of weather-related traffic accidents increases the faster we drive.
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This female chimpanzee is posing for the camera like her human cousins.
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Zero Days: A documentary by U.S. director Alex Gibney tells the story of the computer worm Stuxnet.
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As long as we don’t have a vaccine to protect us from Covid-19, the best way to avoid infection is to wear a mask covering mouth and nose. It helps protect others from becoming infected, which ultimately protects us, too.
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Refqa Abu-Remaileh has headed the “PalREAD – Country of Words” project since 2018. The researchers in this project are working on an overview of Palestinian literature since the beginning of the 20th century.
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On September 19, 2020, people all over the world took to the streets to demonstrate for an unconditional basic income. At Berlin Alexanderplatz people joined the international Basic Income March.
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Researchers at the Botanical Garden are investigating the relationship between plants and humans.
Image Credit: Ch. Hillmann-Huber
The virus surface (pictured as blue and green) is prevented by the spikes on the multivalent nanoparticles (gray) from latching onto the cell membrane (red), which effectively prevents infection.
Image Credit: Freie Universität Berlin
The Plöcken Pass (1357 meters above sea level) is a pass road in the Carnic Alps. It links the Austrian market town Kötschach-Mauthen in the Gail Valley with the Italian village Timau in Friuli.
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From philosophy, theology, and classic Greek studies to political theory. When the Nazis gained power in Germany and Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) became stateless, her thinking became increasingly political.
Image Credit: Deutsches Historisches Museum / Art Resource, New York, Hannah Arendt Bluecher Literary Trust
A nice way to beat the heat. A two-year-old splashes in an urban fountain in July 2019 at temperatures near 40 degrees Celsius.
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Spot the human! Humans shrink to near-invisibility beside the Sequoiadendron giganteum, pictured here in the Sequoia National Park, California. These giant sequoias, one species of redwood, can reach the giddy height of 95 meters.
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Pigs are omnivorous animals. Scientists at Freie Universität are currently researching how best to feed them, especially in a way that is environmentally friendly.
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Researchers at Freie Universität are investigating the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 from virus-contaminated air. The virus lasts longer in closed rooms than in the open air.
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Habitat on the ground and in the air. A German-Swiss team is trying to find out more about how a selection of insect species native to Europe fights pathogens.
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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, better known as the A-Bomb Dome, commemorates the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945.
Image Credit: Michaela Viecenz