Finding forgotten cities or mixing colourful chemicals – the life of a scientist often sounds exciting. The German-language Twitter account @realsci_DE shows that science doesn’t always steam and pop, however. In weekly rotation, “real” scientists invite the Twitter community into their everyday lives. No less exciting are their explanations as to what it really means to be a researcher. You can also scroll to find Forschungszentrum Jülich in the account timeline: in October 2019, Dr. Claudia Frick from the Jülich Central Library took over, and, in November, it was Dr. Sofie Valk from the Jülich Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, section Brain and Behaviour (INM-7).
“That’s why you can smell the rain,” “This is what happens to a spider when you vacuum it up” or “How microalgae can generate energy” – in short videos, the social media channels of the “Quarks” knowledge editorial team of WDR (the German public broadcasting institution of North Rhine-Westaphalia) offer answers to questions we encounter in everyday life. The animations with catchy statements are supplemented by background text on the “Quarks” website. A special eye-catcher: the Instagram account @beautyquarks. It shows breathtakingly beautiful pictures of animals and nature.
Climate protection and the reduction of global warming are currently on the minds of many. The new CO2 pricing for transport and heating from 2021 is at the heart of the climate protection programme adopted by the German government. But what is the significance of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide? As early as 2018, Project Management Jülich has designed the game “Gewinn mit CO2“ (Win with CO2) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Quiz questions or puzzles have to be solved to learn more and more about the history, benefits and consumption of CO2.