INSIGHTS. Magazine

INSIGHTS reports on research at LMU — the latest findings and current debates — online, and in a printed edition that appears twice a year. The latest issue focuses on the topic "Really? Natural, artificial: the boundaries are blurring".

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schütze.

Polyglot machines

How artificial intelligence learns the rich variety of human languages: Hinrich Schütze, computational linguist at LMU, researches multilingual software that can do small languages.

Polyglot machines

The noise of money

Trading on milliseconds: LMU researcher Ryan Riordan investigates how the forward march of ultra-fast computer-based trading affects securities markets.

The noise of money
Portrait of PD Dr. Barbara Cludius

“When success dictates self-worth”

When does wanting to do well become unwell? Barbara Cludius researches the propensity for perfectionism. In our EINSICHTEN interview she explains how a harmful thought construct is related to various mental disorders.

“When success dictates self-worth”
Yurt in the Mongolian steppe

From the steppe to the city

A social transformation is underway in Mongolia, as many nomadic pastoralists move to urban areas. Geographer Lukas Lehnert investigates what this means for the environment and ecosystems.

From the steppe to the city

FOCUS: Call of the wild - What nature asks of us

Climate crisis and species extinction have become ever-present threats, not only for humans. They endanger non-human nature in our environment as well as outside the engineered world - in the wilderness. But what do we see in this term anyway? An analysis.

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Joris Peters

The strange world of the ocean deep

Life exists even miles under the sea, where microorganisms create peculiar ecosystems. Geobiologist William Orsi explores this fascinating wilderness in the remote depths, a place where time has another meaning.

The strange world of the ocean deep

Strategies to counter the domino effect

If replenishment falters at a single point only, complex global supply chains are in danger of collapsing. Economist Lisandra Flach explores how these production chains can be made more resilient.

Strategies to counter the domino effect

A question about the future: The big EINSICHTEN interview

In each issue of our research magazine, we discuss important issues of our time with experts from LMU.

On the origin of life: How the world came into being

Desiccated maize, Brandenburg, early September 2022

Crops in planetary stress test

Global change is pushing the Earth to its limits. In this EINSICHTEN interview, geographer Marianela Fader and biologist Dario Leister discuss how nature and agriculture are adapting, and being adapted, to changing habitats.

Crops in planetary stress test

Questions about our future: A conversation with experts from LMU

“There is no 100% protection”

LMU computer scientist Dieter Kranzlmüller, Managing Director of the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, about cybersecurity in the era of the first quantum computers – a portrait

“There is no 100% protection”

THE INTERPRETER

Some scientific terms manage to make their way into everyday speech. Here, we ask LMU researchers to tell us what they mean – to define them, and to outline how they became popular.

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Olivia Merkel

A matter of perseverance

Since the start of her career, Olivia Merkel has been researching methods for transporting therapeutic RNA segments precisely to their target location in the lungs. A portrait

A matter of perseverance

Structures in the fog

AI tools such as the Stable Diffusion model developed by Björn Ommer are teaching computers how to see and paint. A portrait

Structures in the fog

"Like a stage, platform by platform”

Railway stations symbolize the onset of modernity. They stand for connections and encounters. We join Margit Dirscherl, a Germanist who studies the fascination that railway stations have held for writers, on a whistle-stop tour through literary history.

"Like a stage, platform by platform”

Hearts and Minds

Pigs are used as model organisms for studying diseases, and they could also become organ donors for humans. For our science magazine EINSICHTEN we visit LMU’s Center for Innovative Medical Models (CiMM) to find out more.

Hearts and minds

A new world order

Historian Kiran Klaus Patel and international law expert Christian Walter talk about what Russia’s invasion of Ukraine means for the coexistence of nations and international norms.

A new world order

Hikikomori: Disappearing quietly

Alone in the room: There are hundreds of thousands of them, people who withdraw from the world at a young age. Japanologist Evelyn Schulz on a phenomenon of social withdrawal

Disappearing quietly

Conversations with:

Inga Koerte

A massive use of force

“There were great similarities between the empires”: The historian Tom Menger about colonial warfare and takes a close look at German colonial history in Africa.

A massive use of force

By the numbers

0.000277778 degrees = 1 arc-second. This number equals the precision with which the uniquely sensitive ring laser ROMY can measure changes in the orientation of the Earth’s axis.

ROMY (Rotational Motions in Seismology)

The power of chance

Life is constantly evolving, and yet “progress” is not the right word for this process of organismal change, says evolutionary geneticist Jochen Wolf. From the INSIGTHS focus on "Patterns of progress - what brings us ahead"

The power of chance
Prof. Dr. Daniel Gruen

Algorithms to peek into the universe

Astrophysicist Daniel Grün uses artificial intelligence to explore the influence of dark matter and dark energy on the Universe.

Algorithms to peek into the universe

Tandem actions in the particle world

Hopes are high that quantum theory could yield revolutionary applications. Physicist Jasmin Meinecke is working on the physical foundations of particle systems and studying the central phenomenon of entanglement, which is still a mystery to science.

Tandem actions in the particle world

Living in the face of doom

“The society was constantly in motion": Ancient historian Martin Zimmermann on the spirit of optimism and sense of crisis in the Greek polis

Living in the face of doom

Modeling the Universe with data

Space and time encoded in 320 million Megabytes: LMU astrophysicist Klaus Dolag uses simulations to study how the cosmos evolved.

Modeling the Universe with data
Portrait von Bärbel Stecher.

The community within us

The most densely populated ecosystem does not belong to the human environment, but to its inner world, says Bärbel Stecher. She studies the microbiome and its complex metabolic network. What makes this community of microorganisms so important for health?

A portrait of Prof. Bärbel Stecher

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