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.

Study using AI: men’s and women’s brains are different

First of all: Every brain is different. Not only are there differences between the brains of men and women, but brains can also be distinguished based on their age, variability regarding their individual personality traits, performance differences or cognitive impairments. Additionally, there are...

HyCool Project: Using Lost Heat from Solar Power in Cooling Systems

Sustainability involves the conservation of resources, yet also the reuse of existing resources – for example lost heat. Whether during cooking, hot showers or in the server center of an Internet provider: it is everywhere and disappears partially unused into the environment. Actually, it...

Start-up of the day: Solmove – Cruising the streets with the sun

Solar energy is considered an excellent solution for a sustainable future. But what to do when the available rooftop areas on which panels are installed run out? It’s very simple: Go out on to the street. Or at least that is the solution from the German start-up Solmove GmbH. It is one of...

Research project: Making blood vessels using 4D printing

It would be a sensation if it were actually possible to artificially produce blood vessels using 4D printing. Because whether bypass or organ donation: The blood vessels from the printer could take over some vital functions. The goal of printing biomaterial in the fourth dimension is to work with...

SUN-to-LIQUID: How sunlight is turned into kerosene

Under the leadership of Prof. Aldo Steinfeld from ETH Zurich, the European joint project SUN-to-LIQUID has now for the first time succeeded in producing solar kerosene. In short, solar fuel has been produced from water and CO2 using concentrated sunlight. This groundbreaking invention is an...

Start-up of the day: Plastic Made of Wood and Straw

Lignin is the name of the material that will soon replace crude oil in a wide variety of areas. It is made from all plants that we humans do not eat, such as wood and straw. It is also perfectly suited for the production of bio-based and biodegradable microplastic particles, which are also used in...

AI: Smart Clothes as instructors

Until a few years ago, clothing served only to protect people and at the same time still had fashionable aspects. But meanwhile, our second skin can do more and more. The measurement of body data such as pulse value or calorie consumption by means of integrated sensors is almost an old hat. Now,...

FPGAS: Cloud Service Hardware with Vulnerabilities

Actually, they’re pretty handy, the FPGAs. The abbreviation stands for Field Programmable Gate Arrays. Their advantage is: these programmable gate arrays are much more flexible than ordinary specialized computer chips. And so far, they have even been considered particularly secure. But now...

Study: Color and Light Influence Recovery in Intensive Care Unit

Humans have a total of five senses, but no less than 80 percent of our sensory impressions are perceived through our eyes. Thus, it becomes understandable why colors and light can influence our thinking, feeling and acting. The color researchers Prof. Dr. Axel Buether and Chief Physician Dr....

Using VR to Overcome Fear of Heights While Climbing

Admittedly, an enthusiastic climber rarely has fear of heights. But: he is afraid to fall and get injured. Depending on the climber’s level of expertise, this fear appears in every person at a different height. A beginner may already feel it a few meters above the ground, while an experienced...

Beehive heating for the fight against the varroa mite

At least since the successful petition for a referendum in Bavaria, our local honey bee has been regarded as a sympathetic symbol for the preservation of biodiversity. Because the campaign with the slogan “Save the Bees” has even prompted the conservative Bavarian government to change...

Award: Unconventional Thinkers Revolutionize Production of Dental Crowns

“Ouch!” – That was it: The tooth is broken. An accident, caries or simply wear and tear can put a lot of strain our natural tooth crowns. And if nothing more can be saved, an artificial crown is the last option. This is the only way to protect the tooth from further damage. Above all,...

Plastic waste: Start-up Cirplus closes the plastic cycle

Enjoying the freedom of sailing and forgetting everyday worries – it could all be so great. If only the naked truth would not catch you even on the high seas: When Cirplus founder Christian Schiller set sail off the coast of Colombia, he was shocked: instead of enjoying the fresh breeze of a...

How Potatoes Can Defy Climate Change

Whether as boiled, salted or fried potatoes, processed to fries or as chips – we Germans like them: the potato. About 60 kilograms is the average per capita consumption per year in our country. The potato is also one of the world’s most important staple foods alongside corn, rice,...

Health-Endangering Squishy: Deceiving Appearance and Sweet Smell

Have you felt stressed today? – Either way, you should not reach for a Squishy. Even less, you should give these colorful foam dolls to your little ones to play with. Because with the fun deformable toys, not only small parts can come loose, they can also stink quite dangerously. Some of these...

Sustainable Sound: Domestic Wood for Guitar Building

The choice of wood for a guitar is not only a question of appearance, but also one of acoustics. For a long time, tropical wood, in particular the precious Rio rosewood or later Indian rosewood, for reasons of species protection, was regarded as the ultimate in guitar making. These wood species...

Autonomous driving: The car transforming into a living room

There are many different visions about the future of autonomous driving. One question that comes up in this context is: what does the passenger actually do when his car becomes an intelligent driver? Because even when it comes to driving the car, he hardly has to do anything. Researchers from...

Physiotruck – health care right on your doorstep

Sometimes, there is simply not enough time to do a little more for your own health. How nice would it be, for example, to participate in a professional circuit training during your lunch break, alternatively to enjoy a relaxing massage or to receive professional physiotherapy tailored to your...

Crowd Oil: Fuel from the Air Conditioning System

When one hears about the concept, one wonders why no one has ever come up with the idea before: the production of a synthetic fuel from the air conditioning system. With the implementation, several current hot spots could be solved at the same time. On the one hand, we would become more...

Reducing hospital germs with clean siphons

In Germany alone, every year about 800,000 to 900,000 people suffer from so-called nosocomial infections in connection with a hospital stay. Approximately one third of these cases are caused by a later, retrograde bacterial entry in immunocompromised patients. Patients therefore only become ill in...

Analysis Tool for Batteries to Support the Future of E-Mobility

How long does the battery last in total? – This is certainly one of the most important questions for manufacturers and users in times of e-mobility solutions. And only a reliable battery can further advance the future of e-mobility. Dr. Stephan Rohr, who founded the Munich-based start-up...

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