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Everyone knows what happens if you drop a coffee cup – it usually shatters into several pieces. Ideally, we just smile and say 'break a thing, mend your luck'. However, the consequences of material fracture if it occurs in aeroplanes, ships or trains are far more serious and can cost lives, such as ...

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Is there anything new we can learn about steel? Peter Felfer, junior professor at the Chair of General Materials Science is often asked this question whenever he talks about steel, an area of research which he is particularly enthusiastic about. ‘Steel is of such importance that every development of this material has an enormous impact on how sustainable our society can be,’ explains Felfer.

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The extinction of the dinosaurs was not the first clear indication that changes in the environment and the climate have considerable effects on the biosphere. Smaller organisms, for example belemnites, similar to the squid of today, reacted to climate change in a somewhat less spectacular manner – namely by decreasing in size.