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Off the Bench: the Eppendorf knowledge magazineSince 2016, Off the Bench has been addressing researchers as well as a broad audience with an interest in science. Our knowledge magazine not only reports on a broad variety of topics from the world of science and research; it also introduces the people behind the science, their stories and perspectives.
Off the Bench is published online twice a year and can be subscribed to free of charge.
A Chance at Life
Death comes without warning: seemingly healthy children fall asleep and don’t wake up. Biochemist Carmel Harrington has found a possible tr ...Read more
We Shape the World
The year 1945 marked a new geological era – the Anthropocene. Scientists urge that the “Era of the Human” compels us to act in a sustainable ...Read more
How to Protect Our Psyche
Life is not a long, calm river. Instead, alongside happy moments, it also holds in store for us a number of challenges. These five tips will ...Read more
Manioc, jackfruit, quinoa and millet – not the most prominent players on the global market. This is why they are considered “orphan crops”. ...Read more
The Good in Fat
With his nonfiction book “The Fat Whisperer”, molecular biologist and biochemist Alexander Bartelt scored a “Spiegel” bestseller in Germany ...Read more
Spiders are not particularly popular. Could this be because not a lot is known about them? Behavioral scientist Jutta Schneider would like t ...Read more
Making Big Leaps
Softer materials and more intense interactions with humans: the scope of capabilities of robots continues to grow. Research is strongly guid ...Read more
We pollute not only the oceans and the air, but also the skies – with light. Light pollution sounds harmless, but it is in fact a serious pr ...Read more
A “Cheerful Pessimist”
Kelly Nguyen likes to explore new paths and is often surprised by her own success. Just recently, the molecular biologist presented groundbr ...Read more
Good Days, Bad Days
Psychological problems are on the rise worldwide. Even though taboos around psychological ailments are now making room for a new reality, t ...Read more
The Pillars of Energy Transition
Thanks to Research and Development, renewable energy is being generated in ever more efficient facilities – in India, China and Scotland, as ...Read more
Colorful, not Black and White
When it comes to the equality of people from diverse backgrounds, religions or sexual orientation, much is still left to be desired. Why a c ...Read more
The Quest for Eternal Life
Longevity is more than just a trend. It is a field of research which increasingly takes center stage – particularly in the US. Are dreams of ...Read more
Play is deeply rooted in the history of humankind – evolutionarily as well as culturally. Should adults play more? A close-up view of the w ...Read more
A Dangerous Game of Hide-and-Seek
It is a race against time: more and more bacteria are developing resistance to antibiotics. How do they do that? Molecular biologist Tanmay ...Read more
A Flourishing Life
Nature provides us with health and happiness; it has been hailed as a teacher and healer for millennia by peoples all over world. The chirp ...Read more
Back to Nature!
The global community is declaring war on the extinction of species. The goal: by 2050, humans are to find their way back to a “life in harmo ...Read more
Some Like It Toxic
Certain plants are capable of extracting heavy metals from contaminated soil while at the same time supplying important raw materials. This ...Read more
Women continue to be in the minority when it comes to senior positions in science and research. Why is this? An attempt at finding explanati ...Read more
Giants with Explosive Powers
Volcanoes exist all over the world, and since even inactive volcanoes may once again choose to breathe fire, their continued scientific stud ...Read more
A Broader Scope
They are the ones who make science accessible – researchers who blog and who are active on social networks are becoming the digital voices o ...Read more
Everything to Our Satisfaction?
Sociologist Martin Schröder studies what makes us feel content: he analyzed a huge database, compiled over 34 years. Five findings that resu ...Read more
Claudia Kessler, a German aerospace engineer, was denied the dream of flying to the moon. Today, the 56-year-old heads the private foundati ...Read more
Things We Cannot Manage Alone
Community cohesion is considered to be the “glue” of our society. In times of crisis, it ensures that people will collaborate, close ranks – ...Read more
From Patterns and Models
Our daily lives are steeped in mathematics. According to Gerta Köster, professor at the University of Munich, there is hardly an area that ...Read more
Good for the Brain
Shane O’Mara studies how leisurely walks affect our muscles, our immune systems and our brains. Read here how 5,000 steps a day can make a d ...Read more
In Harmony with Nature
New building materials may open up a future in which buildings and their environments can interact with one another. Whether organic or inor ...Read more
Understanding Our Cosmos
Curiosity about our universe is as boundless as the universe itself. Space explorers study it with probes, satellites and telescopes – conti ...Read more
Thirsty – Lights On!
For his PhD, American scientist Christopher Zimmerman studied how neuronal structures influence the behavior of drinking. His findings have ...Read more
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