Champions once again! For the fourth time in a row, Mercedes hit the jackpot in Formula One, winning both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships. Is it a case of their drivers being superior? Not necessarily. Even the best driver cannot win this highest class of auto racing without a powerful car. Technicians, engineers, and designers lay the foundation for their success by constantly refining the cars, making them even better and faster. In the world of science, things are just as busy behind the scenes: engineers and technicians in Jülich’s workshops design and construct elaborate unique instruments which make spectacular experiments and results possible in the first place. How much work is put into such masterpieces of engineering and what research can they be used for? You’ll find out in our cover story.
But research sometimes needs to call on other arts, for example translation: scientists from one discipline may speak a completely different language than those from another discipline. In this issue, we also clarify a host of other questions, such as why the coming century will belong to biology or why a certain HIV protein requires a taxi.
We hope you enjoy reading this issue.
Your effzett editorial team
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