“It’s amazing how much interesting physics one can do with simple tools and a little curiosity”, says LMU physicist Alexander Högele. Högele studies ultrathin semiconducting films and carbon nanotubes, which possess astonishing – and potentially very useful – physical properties. He has now received the second highly endowed European Research Council grant in his career.
Florian Schüder is an up-and-coming young physicist who is working on innovative ways to extend the resolution and versatility of light microscopy: He already has eight journal articles to his credit, including one as lead author – and he’s still in the first year of his PhD.
This issue also features a wide-ranging interview with media researchers Christoph Neuberger and Carsten Reinemann on the rise in the incidence of violent verbal abuse and hate speech on the internet, which was a notable aspect of the German election in September. What are the reasons for this development, and how can it be effectively confronted?
“Critical thinking based on analysis of the evidence is a major bulwark of democracy,” says Dr. Kim Wünschmann. She recently joined the Department of Contemporary History at LMU and is responsible for liaison with the Center for Holocaust Studies at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich. One of her foremost tasks in her new position will be to refute claims that the field of Holocaust Studies has become obsolete.