14. August 2020 | Magazine:

The Week at TU Braunschweig │14.08.2020 Our Newsletter for all Employees

Topics: bicycles + manipulation + Lake flies + whiskey compass + research funding + Detektive + climate station

Editor: Laurenz Kötter

► The best route for cyclists

What marks an attractive cycling route? Psychologist Susanne Grüner is a doctoral student in the “Social Cars” graduate college. With her research, she wants to ensure that a lot of bicycles drive on attractive bike lanes through Future Cities.

► Fending off image manipulation

On websites or via Messenger and mail: Digital images are constantly being automatically reduced in size. But the underlying algorithms can be manipulated. A team of the Institute of System Security now presents an effective defence.

► Lake flies telling of prehistoric times

The “Schöninger Spears” are the oldest hunting weapons in the world. A research project of the Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication is researching the environment in which they were used for hunting. Fossil lake flies larvae reveal how hot the summer was – 300,000 years ago.

► Inside the cockpit

Who does not want to look into the cockpit of an airplane? In the third episode of the video series about the new TU research aircraft, pilot Dr. Matthias Cremer shows us the most important instruments: Levers, switches, controls – and how he keeps course above the clouds. Now we also know what the “whiskey compass” is…

► Funding available for knowledge transfer and corona research

The DFG has launched two new calls for research proposals: The first for projects that want to research the effects of COVID-19 (deadline 7 September). The second for projects that combine science and application (deadline: 30 September).

► Awards for software development projects

About 160 students applied for their software development projects via video. Now a jury from research and business selected the best teams. The winner is “SherloQL”. An app that lets hobby detectives puzzle through Braunschweig and teaches casually database language.

► A new biology curriculum

With students and teachers together: The project “Lebenswissenschaft im Wandel” aims to enhance the bachelor-curriculum in biology. Dr. Simone Karrie sums up the progress so far.

► Darling of the Week

It’s been pretty hot the last few days! If you want to know the exact data, check out our darling of the week, the climate station at the Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources. Every 10 minutes it provides numerous weather data, such as the current temperature, wind speed or humidity.