This science service is provided in cooperation with scientists
of the Technische Universität (TU) Berlin, and appears four
times a year. It offers insights into the research activities
at our university. Further information can be obtained from the
contacts named in each report. The reports are available for publication
free of charge on provision of a copy of the publication.
(A copy of each report can be downloaded as .rtf-file. You will find the corresponding link at the bottom of each individual report.)
Listeners can register the emotional state of the person who is
speaking. However, it is not clear which acoustic features express
fear, happiness or sadness. Scientists at the TU Berlin have now
analysed these features and incorporated them in a computer-generated
A new interior design for rail vehicles is intended to improve
the safety of passengers. And new materials also offer improved
crash protection. Scientists at the TU Berlin have developed an
energy-absorbent plastic which can be injected into the coupling
between rail-cars. This is more efficient in absorbing energy
than the shock absorbers of a motor vehicle.
The traditional form of social inequality still continues to exist
- particularly when it comes to attending cultural events. That
is the conclusion drawn from a survey of 6500 visitors to concerts
in Berlin conducted by music scientists of the Technical University
(TU) Berlin. For the first time they were able to map musical
preferences and to describe the social features of each area.
Safety in the home is of crucial importance for the elderly. Scientists
at the TU Berlin have developed a special personal alarm sensor
which registers falls and automatically sends an alarm signal.
This is to be integrated in a wrist-watch or ring and is expected
to reach the markets in two years time.
The spectacular impacts of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet in the atmosphere
of Jupiter in 1994 fascinated scientists and the general public
alike. Researchers at the Technical University (TU) Berlin have
now simulated the physical and chemical effects on the ringed
planet in the laboratory and can use this to draw conclusions
about its atmosphere.
Data from an Indian satellite has provided scientists of the TU
Berlin with evidence of growing damage to forests in Saxony. The
high- resolution images are being used to determine the exact
degree of damage, and will provide documentation for later comparisons.