Petra Wiesmayer

Petra Wiesmayer is a writer who has been in the business for well over 25 years. She has conducted hundreds of interviews in her career to-date with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment and motorsports articles for numerous international media. As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.

Can sea sponges prevent corona virus?

Research into an active substance for combatting the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is currently being conducted in laboratories around the world. But could it be that Mother Nature herself has long since provided a cure for the virus? For several years, scientists at the TU Freiberg in Germany have...

First trials with potential vaccine against corona virus

The number of infections with the novel SARS-Co-Virus 2 corona virus is rising constantly. Scientists around the world are working hard to find cures and vaccines. Virologists and epidemiologists repeatedly insist that the course of the pandemic will largely depend on how quickly drugs or vaccines...

Graphite nanoplates on implants can prevent infection

A protective layer of graphite nanoplates on implants can prevent infections in patients. That is what scientists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have discovered. This discovery is of enormous medical importance. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control...

Synthetic protein combats viruses by blocking sugar structures

Scientists around the world are currently researching vaccines and drugs to combat the coronavirus. This virus is infecting an ever-increasing number of people at breakneck speed. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a novel method that could bring a cure for...

Corona pandemic – a chance for an eco-friendly world?

The world is firmly in the stranglehold of the novel corona virus SARS-CoV-2, and fear of it is bringing out the darkest sides in many people. “Solidarity”- my foot. Hoarders’ buying sprees leave supermarkets and drugstores with empty shelves. There are fistfights over a few...

Wood-based catalyst keeps fruit and vegetables fresh for longer

You can keep vegetables and fruit fresh for longer, depending on which ones you store together. Ethylene is responsible for that, something that some vegetable foods naturally emit. Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich have now developed a new catalyst which prevents fruit ripening too fast and...

Using Big Data to predict which viruses can lead to a pandemic

The rapid spread of the Corona virus is currently dominating the news. Since the first cases in China became known in the multi-million populated city of Wuhan in late December 2019, almost every hour there have been reports of new cases around the world. Although research into an effective cure...

Eternal youth and good health from stem cells soon within reach?

Could one of humankind’s wildest dreams – eternal youth and eternal good health – perhaps come true after all? Well, we’re probably not quite there yet. But a new discovery in stem cell research may well constitute a step in this direction. Researchers led by biologist Vlad...

Fossils help predict climate change

Climate change and its consequences can be felt all over the world. More and more species are threatened with extinction. Not only mammals and insects, but also fish and marine organisms. The marine ecosystem is severely damaged by the warming up and acidification of the sea water. And also due to...

Munich is the new capital of charge points for e-vehicles

The number of charging stations for e-vehicles in Germany grew by an impressive 50 % last year. There are currently around 24,000 charge points nationwide. Which is 8,000 more than last year. Expansion of infrastructure is still ongoing. Compared to other federal states, the south is one step...

“Non-communicable diseases” may be transmissible after all

In 2018, a study carried out by Tübingen researchers caused a sensation when they discovered that, contrary to general belief, Alzheimer’s disease might be transmissible. However, an international team of researchers is now adding to the controversy surrounding the potential transmission of...

The Netherlands gets 20,000 new charging points with green electricity

The Netherlands is already number one in Europe for charging stations for electric cars. According to information from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), there are a total of 46,000 fully or partially publicly accessible charging points, a number that is expected to nearly double in the...

3D printing cuts down on animal testing and fosters research

Worldwide, millions of mice, rabbits, rats, dogs, monkeys and pigs are still being used in medical research. They are used  to study diseases such as cancer, dementia, diabetes and heart disease. But scientists don’t just use animals as test objects in fundamental research. Animals are still...

Reforestation may cause rivers to dry up

Trees are regarded as the lungs of the earth. That’s because they absorb and store carbon dioxide greenhouse gases as they grow. And that’s also why climate conservationists around the globe are calling for reforestation and replanting to replace lost areas of cleared forests. A new...

Colonies on the moon soon? ESA may well make it happen

Since time immemorial, people have dreamt of life on the moon. As early as the 1970s, the British science fiction series “Moon Base Alpha 1” depicted what life could be like there. However, this dream seemed almost impossible due to the inhospitable conditions on the moon. There is no...

Hydrogen refueling 5 times faster thanks to additives

While hydrogen production is expensive, it can contribute to emission-free mobility. A prerequisite, however, is that the electricity needed for its production and for the transport of this fuel to filling stations should also be powered by renewable energy sources. A vehicle with hydrogen in its...

Reconstructing Notre Dame with the help of 3D data from Germany

On April 15, 2019, the famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames and was partially destroyed. Since then, various protective measures have been taken. As part of the reconstruction, the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg, the French research institute “Centre National de la...

Is your child sleeping enough? A blood test could reveal that

A human being needs eight hours of sleep. That this long-held statement doesn’t apply to everyone across the board has been known for quite some time. That’s because individual sleep needs vary from person to person. That’s also dependent on age. Children in particular need...

Historic center of Oxford should be emission-free this year

While politicians, the car industry and motorists in The Netherlands and Germany are arguing about driving bans in the major cities, the British university city of Oxford is setting a good example. Oxford City Council and the County of Oxfordshire have published the definitive plans for the first...

Start-up of the Day: emergency help at the push of a button

Attacks, assaults, rapes, and murders. Crimes that could potentially be prevented if only there were people that can come to the rescue. Unfortunately, victims are often unable to ask for help or just simply – no one hears them. The emergency call system from the German start-up profsec is...

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