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Lighting the way to your car
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0200
On the new BMW 7 Series, a lighting system featuring a striped pattern of ground illumination makes it easier to enter the vehicle in the dark. Fraunhofer researchers have developed special microoptic...

Brilliant colors from environmentally friendly crystals
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Quantum dots have made it possible to substantially increase color quality in LCD displays. However, these cadmium-based nanocrystals have proven to be harmful to the environment. Fraunhofer researche...

Positioning systems improve airport logistics
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0200
An airport apron bustles with traffic. The tow tractors, tankers and buses moving busily around an aircraft run the risk of colliding. An enhanced positioning system will increase safety and the effic...

Rapid analysis of kidney stones
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Kidney stones rank among the most common illnesses. Their recurrence might be prevented with the right postoperative care. However, for this to be effective, composition of the stones should be known....

Low-cost wafers for solar cells
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Silicon wafers are the heart of solar cells. However, manufacturing them is not cheap. Over 50 percent of the pure silicon used is machined into dust. A new manufacturing technique developed by Fraunh...

Proteins from rice – raw materials instead of waste
Thu, 1 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0200
Proteins remain after starch is extracted from rice. Until now, this valuable raw material was disposed of by rice starch producers at great expense. A new process is being developed to split proteins...

Making effective use of voluntary help
Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:00:00 +0200
In crisis situations, aid organizations have to manage the great numbers of volunteers who spontaneously appear wanting to help. In the INKA project, Fraunhofer researchers have taken a look at how to...

Pulses for better posture
Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:00:00 +0200
In an effort to find a better treatment for spinal curvature in children and young people, the EU’s “StimulAIS” project is focused on electrostimulation of muscles. Fraunhofer scientists worked with p...

Gas sensors sound the smoldering fire alarm
Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:00:00 +0200
Smoke detectors are everywhere, but still thousands of people die in fires annually. Fire gas detectors, which detect carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, identify fires at an early stage. Thanks to a ...

Wastewater to irrigate, fertilize and generate energy
Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:00:00 +0200
To meet the requirements of Asian cities, researchers are adapting an idea they have already applied in Germany for comprehensive water management: They are developing a concept for reducing water use...