ZEISS Stories

Find inspiration and read about groundbreaking ambitions, discover key technologies and learn about moving responsibility projects across the globe.

  • Calculators – from Prized Possessions to Everyday Helpers

    Calculators – from Prized Possessions to Everyday Helpers

    Two researchers still have their first calculators decades later. These devices make us recall an earlier time - and they're the perfect example of how Moore's Law has granted many people access...

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  • What a Rice Plant Can Tell Us

    What a Rice Plant Can Tell Us

    In China, rice is an important part of the past, present and future. Already thousands of years ago, the Chinese were growing rice plantations and the plant is strongly rooted in the country's...

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  • The Smart Way of Learning

    The Smart Way of Learning

    Smart Factory, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence - these are buzzwords that are widely used in our era of digitalization. For the apprentice Stefan Uhl, they are not only ambiguous...

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  • A Journey to the Hills

    A Journey to the Hills

    The Aloka Vision Programme provides people in unserved rural areas of India with eye and vision care. In 2018, "eye camps" were set up in the Indian Himalayan Region - and the local inhabitants...

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  • Light as a Feather

    Light as a Feather

    In professional cases, only a few millimeters decide whether or not a race car driver is airborne or continues speeding down the track. The car's shape makes all the difference between...

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  • Hope in Sight

    Hope in Sight

    Modern customized medical technology combined with Brazil’s health care program are bringing telemedicine to everyone, allowing them to receive the eye care they need. Watch our exclusive video...

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  • Straight to the Limit

    Straight to the Limit

    A race car engine can be a real monster. Especially the NASCAR ones, which are designed to be more powerful, efficient and tuned than any “normal” car engine. Typically this means more robust,...

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  • Students Shaping Their Own Future

    Students Shaping Their Own Future

    Burkina Faso, located in West Africa, is one of the world's poorest countries. Almost two-thirds of the population is illiterate. For many years, the Stern Stewart Institute has been promoting...

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  • Drawn into the Fascinating World of Particles

    Drawn into the Fascinating World of Particles

    Redirecting lightning or triggering a rainstorm: Quantum physicists have a vision in which they control a storm to prevent it from wreaking havoc. This vision is one that Jean-Pierre Wolf,...

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  • Cloudy Skies, Clear Vision

    Cloudy Skies, Clear Vision

    The picturesque Tibetan Qinghai Plateau is very hard to reach. Many of its inhabitants suffer from cataracts. Successfully treating the disease requires special equipment and medical expertise. ...

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  • It‘s All about Sustainability

    It‘s All about Sustainability

    For the past 15 years, the physicist Steffen Lang has been volunteering with the Govinda Entwicklungshilfe e.V. This German NGO raises funds and supports development work in Nepal. Lang sees...

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  • An Invention That Can Prolong Life

    An Invention That Can Prolong Life

    Removing a maximum amount of diseased tissue and – at the same time – not harming healthy tissue – fluorescence technology can help neurosurgeons walk this fine line during surgery on a brain tumor.

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  • We Must Never Stand Still

    We Must Never Stand Still

    Small Series and Prototype Production at ZF Friedrichshafen AG creates new challenges for quality control time and again: measurement programs for new components need to be created every day. ZF...

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  • Discussions without Limitations Are Vital

    Discussions without Limitations Are Vital

    Hexin Wang has been working for ZEISS for over 20 years. "ZEISS can use its German roots to its advantage in China, and draw on its connections in both countries," says Wang. However, that doesn't...

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  • The Language of Beer

    The Language of Beer

    Scientists at the Institute for Brewing and Beverage Technology at the Technical University of Munich are working on how to perfect the enjoyment of beer. By utilizing ZEISS microscopes and the...

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  • The Birth Hour of Artificial Insemination

    The Birth Hour of Artificial Insemination

    Not everyone can have a child. The number of couples whose wish for child remains unfulfilled is higher than one might expect. New technologies, created for artificial insemination, can achieve...

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  • The Fundamental Question Is How Information Turns into Wiring

    The Fundamental Question Is How Information Turns into Wiring

    Neuroscientists around the world race towards their ultimate goal: a three-dimensional map of the brain. Harvard-Professor Jeff Lichtman is not just one of them, but a godfather of connectomics....

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  • One Moment Can Change Everything

    One Moment Can Change Everything

    Heather Knies has experienced two dangerous brain tumors and is now the mother of a little daughter. Her story shows the excellent work performed by brain surgeons and how medical technology can...

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  • Lighting up Cells, Blood Vessels and Bacteria

    Lighting up Cells, Blood Vessels and Bacteria

    Illuminating insights for laboratories, operating rooms, and dental practices: how medicine and research can benefit from fluorescence technology.

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  • A Down-to-Earth Trainer

    A Down-to-Earth Trainer

    ISS Crew Instructor Dr. Serena Bertone trains astronauts before their space missions, passing on the ins and outs of space travel. In June, astronaut Alexander Gerst will be the first German...

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