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.

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...

New coating process effectively protects brake discs

Conventional brake discs are made of cast iron containing graphite. They do have some advantages. These include good thermal conductivity and a very good capacity to store heat. They are also reasonably inexpensive. But their disadvantage is that they are prone to severe corrosion and excessive...

Global warming: grapes are ripening faster

How does a vintner know that the grapes are ripe? By the traditional method, they taste the grapes themselves. Like this: put the grape in your mouth, bite into it, let the juice run out and in doing so determine the sugar and alcohol content. And it is precisely the latter that could become an...

Start-up of the day: Roseboxes – sustainable and beautiful

Fresh flowers are really a wonderful way to decorate. And of course there are always occasions when you can express your thanks with a gorgeous bouquet. For those who want to be sustainable, it is best to buy flowers with the FLP label or a box of roses. The latter are packaged at the time of...

Fraunhofer ISE brightens up solar car roofs

The  International Motor Show (IAA) will take place in Frankfurt from the 12th to the 22nd of September. Most of it will revolve around the mobility of the future. In addition to the range of self-charging electric vehicles, Fraunhofer ISE is now also bringing the subject of optics into play: the...

Study shows digital stress in every 5th employee

Nowadays, hardly any of us can work without digital media any more. After all, smartphones, laptops and co offer the option of being able to access a large volume of information at will. Needless to say, we are also able to act promptly. But that’s exactly where the crux of the matter lies:...

Who should be our Startup of the Month?
  • Field Factors 51%, 151 vote
    151 vote 51%
    151 vote - 51% of all votes
  • Drone Analysis 39%, 116 votes
    116 votes 39%
    116 votes - 39% of all votes
  • We4Sea 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
  • Grow X 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 299
2 December 2019 - 7 December 2019
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