The magazine of Friedhelm Loh Group

The magazine of Friedhelm Loh Group

– High performance

Totally top!

Outstanding achievements aren’t just being made in technology and industry – humans and nature are also making great strides, prov­ing that they too have quite a bit to offer.

Crossing the finish line in tandem
The twins Peder and Steen Mondrup have been inseparable since they were born 38 years ago. As twins so often do, they overcome obstacles as a team. They even tackled the Danish Ironman together, a triathlon in which participants have to run 42.195 km, swim 3.86 km and cycle 180.2 km. This may not sound all that unusual at first, but many spectators were moved to tears – because Peder was born with cerebral palsy.  But with his brother's support, he was able to fulfil his dream in 15 hours and 42 minutes.

Learn To Fly
That’s the name of probably the most famous song by American rock band the Foo Fighters. In summer 2015, around 1,000 fans gathered in the town of Cesena in an attempt to encourage their idols to come to northern Italy for a concert. They all performed the hit song and uploaded a video of it online, publicly inviting the band to come and play there. And it worked – the Foo Fighters actually gave a concert in Cesena this autumn.

Feeling generous
“The Giving Pledge” is made up of 183 billionaires, who believe that with great wealth comes great responsibility. Which is why, instead of just passing on their estate from generation to generation, the members of the organisation decided to donate half of their fortune for humanitarian purposes. So far, 365 billion US dollars have been raised as a result. This charitable organisation was founded by Bill and Melinda Gates together with Warren Buffett.

Living together
That’s what the word symbiosis means in Greek. Symbiosis manifests itself in the cooperation of two organisms that support one another in a way that is mutually beneficial. Very few people are aware that humans also live in a state of symbiosis. Billions of bacteria in the human intestine receive nourishment from the host and, in return, provide the nutrients necessary for survival.

Outstanding collaboration!
This is how a team of German and French researchers was described at the presentation of the Forcheurs Jean-Marie Lehn Prize. Despite living 1,000 km apart, Prof. Benjamin Dietzek from Jena and Dr Vincent Artero from Grenoble worked together to develop a method of producing hydrogen “without any environmental impact”. All it requires is water and sun, ruling out any pollution.

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