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INSIGHTS. Magazine

Latest findings, current debates - INSIGHTS features research at LMU. The latest issue focuses on the topic "Lights on - what makes the world shine?"

Portrait of Prof. Dr. Emiliano Cortés.

The catcher of light

Crystals as superlenses: LMU physicist Emiliano Cortés develops novel, clever materials to generate sustainable energy and replace fossil sources like oil and gas.

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With the expedition ship in the Southern Ocean

Warming in the cooler

Polar research: The Antarctic is a key region for the global climate – and here, too, the greenhouse effect is leaving its mark.

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More stories from the current issue

PD Dr. Ali Aslan Gümüşay
Test person in the sleep laboratory
The interpreter: Oliver Jahraus on kafkaesque


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.

The Interpreter: Laurent Frantz on ‘ancient DNA’
The interpreter: Olivia Merkel on “nanocarriers”

The big EINSICHTEN-Interview

Desiccated maize, Brandenburg, early September 2022

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 figure

The science behind the data

Stone Age bird hunting

This is how many different bird species people hunted around the world's oldest stone circle 11,000 years ago.

Wobbly earth axis

ROMY, the world's only ring laser, can measure deviations in the alignment of the Earth's axis with an accuracy of one arc second.

Infectious multiplication

This is how many daughter cells the parasite Toxoplasma gondii can form in a single host cell.

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