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G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
For six weeks the rover „Curiosity” is now working on Mars. NASA also plans to send humans to Mars within the next 20 years. On the flight and during the stay on Moon or Mars the astronauts have to be protected against long exposure to cosmic radiation that might cause cancer. On behalf of the European Space Agency ESA the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH tests whether Moon and Mars regolith can be used to build shieldings for ground stations.



Mathematikum Gießen/Fotograf: Rolf K. Wegst
The lecture series "Wissenschaft für Alle" at GSI starts again after the summer break. First talk for the second term of 2012 will be "Mathematische Experimente" (Mathematical Experiments) held by Albrecht Beutelspacher on 22 August, 2 p. m.



Foto: G. Otto / GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
An international research team has succeeded in directly measuring the strength of shell effects in very heavy elements. The results provide information on the nuclear structure of superheavy elements, thus promising to enable drastically improved predictions concerning the location and extension of the island of stability of superheavy elements. Indeed, it is expected that such elements with "magic" numbers of protons and neutrons will profit from enhanced stability due to shell effects, which...



Foto: A. Zschau, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
The GSI researchers Gottfried Münzenberg and Hans Geissel have discovered the largest number of atomic nuclei. Münzenberg, a professor at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, holds the world record with a total of 218 atomic nuclei. Geissel, a professor at Justus Liebig University Giessen, holds second place with 210 nuclei. That’s the result of a count carried out by Michael Thoennessen, a researcher at Michigan State University in the USA. He is currently working on the history of the...



Foto: G. Otto, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
The heavy ion cancer therapy developed at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in Darmstadt has proved very successful. Thus far, however, it has primarily been used to treat brain tumours. This is because the head is one part of the body that can be kept completely stationary – a prerequisite for the ion beam, which hits cancer cells with pinpoint precision. Breast or stomach tumours are extremely frequent but more difficult to treat with an ion beam as they move as a result of...



In a new research project lead-managed by GSI the anti-inflammatory therapeutic properties and the risks of a therapy with radon will be studied. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds the project Grewis (Genetische Risiken und entzündungshemmende Wirkung von ionisierender Strahlung, meaning genetical risks and anti-inflammatory properties of ionizing radiation) with three million Euro in the next 3,5 years. Research partners of GSI are the technical university in Darmstadt,...



Babcock Noell GmbH
GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in Darmstadt, Germany, has placed an order with Babcock Noell GmbH for the manufacture and supply of 113 superconducting high-tech magnets for the accelerator facility FAIR. The magnets, each of which weighs more than a ton, are required for the central ring accelerator SIS100, the heart of the FAIR facility. This ring accelerator will accelerate charged particles to almost the speed of light for the various experiments at FAIR. The magnets that...



The FAIR international accelerator center in Darmstadt is one of the largest projects for basic research in physics worldwide. A key phase of the project commenced today when Dr. Helge Braun, the Parliamentary State Secretary of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research, presented GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH with the approval for €50.2 million in project funding. As a result, orders can now be placed for the series production of key components for the FAIR...



FAIR GmbH/GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH
On December 5, 2011, workers began preparing the construction site for the planned particle accelerator facility FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research). The new facility will be located close to the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in Darmstadt. The parks and gardens authority of the city of Darmstadt, a center of scientific research, had approved the preparation of the site in November.