We've all heard it: eating salty foods makes you thirstier. But what sounds like good nutritional advice turns out to be an old-wives' tale. In a study carried out during a simulated mission to Mars, an international group of scientists has found exactly the opposite to be true. “Cosmonauts” who ate more salt retained more water, weren't as thirsty, and needed more energy.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive types of tumour because it starts forming metastases early. The cancer itself, however, is usually only discovered late. Researchers at FAU have just discovered why pancreatic cancer and other malignant types of tumours can proliferate so rapidly.
40 years ago, the renowned Geologist Erik Flügel initiated a course where the microscopic analysis of limestone thin sections is central. The so-called "Flügel-Kurs" is held in high esteem by international researchers.
FAU researchers help develop research infrastructure in Slovakia: “FunGlass” is the title of an EU project with funds of 15 million euros aimed at establishing a new centre of excellence in the Slovakian city of Trencin.
In cooperation with the Institute for Employment Research, Carolin Freier researched new ways for integrating the long-term unemployed into the labour market in her doctoral thesis.
FAU has an excellent international reputation. This is reflected in the large number of renowned international researchers who choose FAU as their host university as part of a fellowship or research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
For the first time, FAU engineers have succeeded in producing complex crystal lattices, so-called clathrates, from nanoparticles using DNA strands. Their findings have recently been published in the acclaimed journal ‘Science’.
In a test reactor, FAU material researchers succeeded in producing the world’s largest diamond foil with a diameter of 28 centimetres.
Art historians have succeeded in identifying the creator of a drawing masterwork in the collection held at the FAU University Library
Physicists at FAU have entered new territory with regard to the pulsing of electron beams. In the near future, their method could be used to develop electron microscopes suitable for ultra-short time scales such as needed for observing the motion of atoms.