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.

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...

Ineffective medicine can still have a positive impact on prostate cancer

Typically after diagnosis, the most common treatment for prostate cancer begins with removal of the prostate. Followed by radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or a combination of all of these. Yet there are usually very few treatment options if the cancer is already at an advanced stage. One...

Sugar-deprived bacteria provide CO2-neutral fuel source

The term ‘e-coli bacteria’ is often associated with poor food hygiene and nasty diseases. The pathogenic bacterial strain is undoubtedly responsible for the latter. On the bright side, these bacteria are also useful residents in our intestinal flora. They are responsible for ensuring...

Start-up of The Day: Saving with Monkee is fun

Saving for old age, for a new car, for a holiday trip, college education for the kids, etc. – everyone has good intentions, but with the implementation there is often a problem. The inventors of the Austrian start-up Monkee want to help people achieve their savings goals. Their app helps...

How dreams prepare us to face fears in real life

We fall, we are pursued and are unable to move, we want to scream. But no sound comes out, a loved one dies or suddenly disappears. These are scenarios that probably everyone has experienced in their dreams at some point. If nightmares recur more often than once a week, they are considered...

Researchers develop method to convert urine into clean electricity

At the Madrid Climate Conference, which is taking place right now, it is mainly about coming up with measures to combat climate change. One of the measures involves the transition to sustainable energy. The existing methods for generating energy contribute significantly to the acceleration of...

Start-up of The Day: ReVibe Energy generates power out of thin air

Generation of electricity without coal, wind, hydroelectricity, or nuclear power plants, wind turbines or solar cells, etc? – Without any harmful emissions? The Swedish start-up ReVibe Energy is doing just that. A self-charging battery that can be attached to any vibrating surface generates...

Bendable glass that is harder than steel

It’s a godsend for anyone who has a habit of putting their smartphone in the back pocket of their pants. Because plenty of glass screens break that way. It is possible, however, to manufacture glass that is bendable and even stronger than steel. You just have to use slightly different...

How harmful is microrubber to humans?

Microplastics is literally on everyone’s lips. Every person eats, drinks and breathes up to five grams of microplastics per week – and therefore basically eats a credit card. There’s not just a lot of microplastic in the air and in our drinking water. There is also another...

MATD: a hologram that you can feel and hear

Holograms are part of everyday life in science fiction films and series such as Star Trek. On Captain Picard’s ‘Enterprise’ or on the ‘USS Voyager’, there are complete ‘holodecks’ where you can create any environment and any hologram you want. You are even...

Pinpointing air pollution – from outer space

Nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2) are emitted primarily during combustion processes which involve coal, oil, gas, wood, waste and engines. But they are also generated during industrial processes and in agriculture. Pinpointing pollution sources and then measuring substance emissions such as nitrogen...

Hiccups are key to a baby’s development

We all get the hiccups from time to time. Nevertheless, it is mainly babies who get the hiccups after they have drunk something. Parents try everything they can to stop the hiccups. If you enter the search term “hiccup babies” into Google, you’ll get almost 700,000 suggestions on...

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