Treasures lie buried underground all over the world. Silver, gold and platinum are probably the best-known, not to mention three of the most valuable. It is the job of the mining industry to retrieve them from the depths of the earth and bring them to the surface, but how can mining be made as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible in future? Which innovative technologies might be used to this end? Numerous researchers in Germany are exploring these and other questions. In this edition we present some exciting projects. You can also read why an Italian neurophysiologist conducts his research in Germany, find out how it is that our meals may come out of food printers in future, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.
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