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ScienceCasts present unusual insights into the world of science. In these short videos, some of the most renowned academics at LMU present fascinating aspects of their research in a readily understandable way.

New research videos will be added on a regular basis. The ScienceCasts are also available on iTunes U, a section of the iTunes Store dedicated to educational content, where LMU offers a broad spectrum of audio and video files. Users can easily subscribe to these podcasts or download the videos – free of charge.

  • Photoswitches: A New Addition to the Molecular Toolkit


    LMU chemist Dirk Trauner builds photoresponsive molecular switches that enable nerve-cell receptors to be controlled by light. In this way, nerve-cell activity can be switched on and off at will – in the laboratory. “But,” he says, “we hope that our research can be translated into medical applications.” In that case, Trauner’s strategy ould provide a means of compensating for the loss of photoreceptors in the retina – one of the most prevalent causes of blindness – or lead to more effective and less stressful forms of cancer chemotherapy. more

  • Creativity and Serendipity Light the Way to the Optimal LED


    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics went to the inventors of the blue LED, which provides the basis for today’s energy-efficient and environmentally benign light sources. According to the citation, the blue LED “allows white light to be created in a new way”. But without the discoveries subsequently made by Professor Wolfgang Schnick’s group in the Chemistry Department at LMU Munich, consumers would not have taken to the new “white” light. For Schnick and his colleagues “reinvented” warm white light. more

  • Epistemology and Philosophy of Science: Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann


    Stephan Hartmann is regarded as one of the leading scholars in the fields of formal epistemology and philosophy of science, and he became a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at LMU in October 2012. He received the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, Germany’s most generously endowed prize for distinguished contributions to research. more

  • Lessons from the laboratory


    Most students know more about media technologies than their teachers, but lack the ability to use them effectively, says educationalist Professor Frank Fischer. This underlines the need for training in media literacy. In ongoing studies at the Institute of Education and Educational Psychology at LMU Munich, he and his team are seeking the best ways to provide it. more

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