Discovering through play
Behind the hedge at Helmholtz-Weg, there is the digital research garden of the “Haus der kleinen Forscher” Foundation. Here, in tricky online games, children of primary school age can fill a compost container via a slingshot or operate a drive shaft using gear wheels, for example. At the meeting point “Treffpunkt”, junior researchers can ask questions and upload their own ideas. An “alarm clock” prevents them from spending too much time in front of the computer, sending them outside at the right time – into the real garden.
Jülich blog portal is number 2
The Jülich Blogs finished second in the 2017 science blog election. They competed with 17 other selected blogs that report in German on the world of research. Almost 3,000 Internet users took part in the vote for “Wissenschaft kommuniziert”, the blog of science journalist Rainer Korbmann. We are excited about the award and congratulate ETH Zurich’s “Future Blog” and the blog “adhibeo” of Hochschule Fresenius – University of Applied Sciences, which took first and third place.
With “Halophyteman” to biofuel
The new superhero in the comic world is called “Halophyteman”. His mission: to solve at least a bit of the world’s energy problems. His green body, which consists of salt plants, so-called halophytes, helps him in doing so. In the comic, sustainable biofuel is to be produced from the sugar of these plants. The hero is fictitious, but not the idea behind it: it is based on a scientific paper on salt plants written by young researchers, who also appear in the 16-page comic. One of them is Dr. Carsten Montzka from the Jülich Institute of Bio- and Geosciences.
Images: Halophyteman: AGYA/Tyasseta & Siloy, www.meine-forscherwelt.de