Oil palm plantation on Sumatra, Indonesia. There, scientists of Göttingen University and the UFZ investigate the consequences of the conversion of lowland rainforests into oil palm plantations.  Photo: Patrick Diaz

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Göttingen, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig and Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia has now performed a complete and multidisciplinary assessment of all ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations as compared to lowland forests. They found that in oil palm plantations, eleven out of 14 ecosystem functions showed a net decrease, some with an irreversible global impact.

(July 29, 2016) Today, Federal agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) released a white paper describing the collective Federal vision for the emerging and innovative solutions needed to realize the Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) expanded its Information Technology Agreement (ITA) which will come into force on 1 July 2016. The EU and 24 other countries, including Japan, China and the USA, will gradually eliminate custom duties on 201 different  IT-products till 2019.

Research scientists at INM have developed luminous particles that can also withstand high temperatures. When activated by UV light or x-rays, they glow orange red.