Almut Otto

Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.

Are you comfortable with charging your e-Car wirelessly?

The number of e-cars registered in the Netherlands (battery + hybrid) has now passed the 200,000 mark. The number of charge points is also growing rapidly. By the end of last year you could already charge your car in more than 50,000 places. As the number of e-cars continues to grow, so does the...

Start-up of the Day: Sinn Power harnesses energy from waves

It’s been done already often enough. Harnessing the power of the sea to generate energy. Yet these mainly concern tidal power stations. Where there is also the risk that they may have a negative impact on marine life. The German startup Sinn Power has come up with a totally new concept....

Start-up of the Day: Vialytics quickly registers road conditions

How do self-driving cars handle potholes on the road? As just stay driving ahead or spontaneously around them aren’t an option. You have to take the bull by the horns, that’s what the founders of vialytics were thinking. They designed a system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to...

What makes a pop hit such a classic?

Have you always wanted to write a pop music classic? Good news! Prof. Dr. Stefan Kölsch and PhD student Vincent Ka Ming Cheung from the Max-Planck-Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig have decoded part of successful music’s DNA. Songs like James Taylor’s Country Road,...

Smart knee brace prevents excessive joint load on osteoarthritis patients

The worst thing a person with osteoarthritis can do to their joints is place too heavy a load on them. Excessive joint load often results in too much strain on the joints and weeks of pain. On the other hand, however, completely relieving those joints is not helpful either. That’s according...

How sustainable can boatbuilding be?

After Greta Thunberg made her sustainable trip across the Atlantic with the Malizia II racing yacht as an alternative to flying, the carbon hull of the yacht was much discussed all over the world because this material anything but sustainable. However, it is still the safest and best choice for...

Patch of color could throw autopilots off course

A hacker attack on autonomous vehicles could be catastrophic. A research team from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) and the University of Tübingen has now demonstrated that a simple patch of color could completely disrupt autopilots. And this splotch of color could be...

TU Munich: Incarnation of the H-1 robot

Scientists surrounding Prof. Gordon Cheng from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) recently gave the robot H-1 a biologically inspired artificial skin. With this skin, (which is the largest organ in humans by the way), the digital being will now be able to feel its body and its environment...

“Lab-on-a-Chip” enables on-site analysis of lab results

Long waiting periods for lab results could soon be over. An interdisciplinary research team led by Wolfgang Ensinger, Professor of Materials Science, and Helmut Schlaak, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, both of TU Darmstadt, are now working with Ivana Duznovic,...

Research on geothermy: volcanic regions as a source of energy

Geothermal energy is considered to be regenerative energy. Its advantages: The heat stored in the earth can be used for heating and cooling and also to generate electricity. Scientists at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the Consejo Superior...

Start-up of the day: e-bot7 incorporates AI into customer service

“Please hold, you are next in line …” – who is not familiar with this irritating announcement, which – according to statistics – makes us spend almost 43 days of our lives on hold? With the help of e-bot7, lengthy customer service will in future be a thing of...

No more peeking: smart pen supports spelling

The dream of many children could come true thanks to this writing trainer: in the future, a smart pen will point out and help children correct spelling mistakes while they are writing, instead of them having to look these up. At least this is one of the research goals of Julia Knopf, Professor of...

Breakthrough in sensor and navigation technology thanks to graphene

An international team from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and the Aachen Graphene & 2D Materials Centers recently developed the world’s smallest accelerometer. This might prove to be a sensational breakthrough in sensor and navigation technology. The team used the...

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