How can we cope with the trash we produce in such large amounts? In the new edition of insightLMU, historian Christof Mauch and jurist Jens Kersten discuss recycling and rhetoric, the limited reach of legal measures, and the role of civil society in waste reduction and reuse.
insightLMU visits Immanuel Bloch in his laboratory on Munich’s Schellingstrasse – and finds a bewildering array of hundreds of lenses and mirrors, switches, glass-fiber cables and other components. The physicist uses batteries of lasers and sophisticated control circuitry to create artificial crystals with which to simulate and study physical phenomena at the quantum level.
It’s never too early for science students to become acquainted with the kind of complicated instrumentation that one needs for pioneering research, and an undergraduate in biochemistry from the US has taken this adage to heart. As a Fellow in the Euroscholars program, she has learned how to use a scanning tunnelling microscope at LMU – and how to explain her project to visitors to the Open Research Lab at the Deutsches Museum.
In addition to attending lectures and preparing for exams, many students at LMU have another interest at heart: Contributing to others people’s lives without expecting anything in return. We talk to one of them, a physics student who journeyed to Africa to help teach 19 visually impaired men and women from Rwanda and Kenya how to produce spectacles, following a simple but effective business model.