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Study in “Nature Communications Biology”

Particles from aircraft engines affect airways

May 16, 2019 | In a unique experimental setup, Swiss researchers have investigated the effect of exhaust particles from aircraft turbine engines on human lung cells. The cells reacted most strongly to particles emitted during ground idling. The study also showed th...
The risks to the environment are (still) low

Microplastics in freshwaters

May 13, 2019 | Sea birds dying in agony with a belly full of plastic garbage; plastic accumulations as big as islands: Virtually everyone has seen pictures like these today. But there are also plastic particles that are barely visible to the eye - microplastics. Th...
"Re-FREAM" combines art and science

Design meets research

May 9, 2019 | In the planned project "Re-FREAM" designers develop new and innovative fashion concepts in cooperation with researchers from all over Europe and completely rethink processes, traditions, production methods as well as design and functionality of cloth...

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