The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the largest research and education institution in Germany, resulting from a merger of the university (Universität Karlsruhe (TH)) and the research center (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe) of the city of Karlsruhe. The university, also known as Fridericiana, was founded in 1825. In 2009, it merged with the former national nuclear research center founded in 1956 as the Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe (KfK). One of nine German Excellence Universities, the KIT is one of the leading universities in science and engineering in Europe, ranking 6th overall in terms of citation impact. The University of Karlsruhe was founded as Polytechnische Schule, a polytechnical school, on 7 October 1825. It was modeled upon the École polytechnique in Paris. In 1865, Grand Duke Frederick I of Baden (German: Friedrich) raised the school to the status of a Hochschule, an institution of higher education. Since 1902 the university has also been known as the Fridericiana in his honour.

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http://www.kit.edu
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Plant protection: Communication instead of poison

Increasing drought and heat seriously affect plants. In the Upper Rhine area, for example, climate change results in the development of new plant diseases, an example being Esca, a disease that causes vines to die. Researchers ...

New materials: Brilliant white without pigments

Polymer foils that are extremely thin and characterized by a high light scattering rate are produced by a new process developed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The inexpensive material may be applied industrially ...

Having an eye for colors: Printable light sensors

Cameras, light barriers, and movement sensors have one thing in common: They work with light sensors that are already found in many applications. In future, these sensors might also play an important role in telecommunications, ...

Fastest high-precision 3-D printer

3-D printers working in the millimeter range and larger are increasingly used in industrial production processes. Many applications, however, require precise printing on the micrometer scale at a far higher speed. Researchers ...

Programmable nests for cells

Using DNA, small silica particles, and carbon nanotubes, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed novel programmable nanocomposites that can be tailored to various applications and programmed ...

Subsiding air parcels are among the causes of hot spells

Climate researchers have assumed that hot spells are caused by hot Mediterranean or Sahara air flowing to central Europe. Now, causes of extreme hot spells are the focus of a project coordinated by researchers of Karlsruhe ...

Pilot plant in Vietnam: Water for 10,000 people

More than 20 percent of the world's population are dependent on karst groundwater. In these regions, large amounts of water seep into the porous rock and are available at great depths only. Moreover, karst water is susceptible ...

Climate change: Steep warming curve for Europe

Climate is changing: Droughts, floods, and extreme weather events influence agriculture, economies, and society. Improved adaptability of industry and society to the future climate, however, requires reliable statements on ...

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