The Adventures of Hermann and Begonia

Particle accelerators

During a walk, Hermann and Bégonia reach the Faculty of Sciences in Limoges. They are confronted by a mysterious scientific instrument. It’s a particle accelerator explains Hermann! as usual, he goes into great explanations to satisfy Begonia’s thirst for knowledge! Together With her, you can discover the fascinating world of particle accelerators. Hermann and Bégonia would like to thank the Scientibus, the University of Limoges, the Comic Seminar and Kulturamt of Erlangen, and finally a special dedication to Ralf Marczinczik and Paul Derouet.

The zebra chip

Hermann and Begonia are finishing their holiday in South America. As they reminisce about their holiday, Begonia nibbles on some crisps, when suddenly she comes across an unappetizing spotted crisp. Hermann explains that the potato used to make the crisps had a disease called Zebra Chip, caused by a bacterium transmitted by insects. Scientists at the CATRIN research institute are developing biotechnology strategies to identify the presence of these pathogens as early as possible.


Cystic fibrosis

Hermann and Begonia have just attended a fascinating conference on cystic fibrosis, a rare genetic disorder. Hermann explains to Begonia the biochemical processes responsible for this disease, as well as how the new treatments work. The effects of these treatments are very encouraging, and in just a few years they have already reduced the number of lung transplants performed each year from 20 to 2.

Peak Oil

Bégonia worries about pollution in Paris and she wonders how long humanity will depend on oil. Hermann explains to her what peak oil is, a special moment difficult to predict at a worldwide scale. Based of graphics, Herman tries to answer to Bégonia about this highly topical issue, which impacts our daily life. This adventure was built together with Patrick Brocorens, peal oil expert at the University of Mons in Belgium, thanks go to him.

RNA vaccines

Today, Bégonia is waiting to be vaccinated against Covid. While waiting for her appointment, she revises her lesson in biology about DNA. That’s when Hermann finds her and launches into an explanation of what RNA vaccine is. Only a journey deep in the middle of the cells of our organism allows better understanding of how this type of vaccine can fight against this virus. This adventure was built with the help of Sébastien Hantz from University Hospital of Limoges, thanks go to him.

Water Resources in Limousin

Today, Hermann and Begonia are enjoying a lovely run in the Limousin countryside. While Begonia is running out of steam, Hermann has entered into a comprehensive presentation of water resources in the Limousin region. He talks about run-off of water on granite soils, microorganisms, pollutants, water quality… This adventure was built with the support of Véronique Deluchat and Robin Guibal from the University of Limoges, thanks go to them.

The Quantum Computer

Begonia is discovering the fascinating but so complex world of quantum objects, including electrons. Today, Hermann invites Begonia to meet his friend ROB, a quantum computer. It is a real leap into the future, to meet a computer speaking a really bizarre language made of quantum bits, i.e., sequences of quantum 0 and 1 digits! Come and jump into this complex adventure of Hermann and Begonia!

Polythea, a Européan project

This comics illustrates and tells the story of a European research project… a European adventure. Polythea or « How light can save lives » is a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network, gathering 7 universities, 4 industrial partners and 1 research institute. Ten young researchers have developed their research projects, their skills and their carrer projects.

In search for antibiotics in water 

Begonia is sick. She has to take antibiotics but she is worried about bacterial resistance because of the presence of antibiotics in the water. It is a well-known health problem and Hermann knows researchers from the CATRIN institute in the Czech Republic who are working on a new detector. Its operating principle is based on specific detection of antibiotics using nanotechnology; the detector is easy to use and connects directly to your smartphone. 

In the light of fireflies

Hermann and Begonia are walking in the forest with David, a researcher from the CATRIN institute in the Czech Republic. David worked within an international consortium to explain the origin of the luminescence emitted by male fireflies. At the time when these insects acquired this ability, they had no real predators. The biological role of this function is therefore essentially the seduction of females!

Hermann’s energetic résurrection

Hermann was unable to accompany Bégonia in her jogging in the streets of Olomouc in the Czech Republic; his batteries are flat! Fortunately, researchers at the CATRIN Institute in the Czech Republic have developed a new battery based on nanotechnology. These super-capacitors recharge very quickly. They are made up of molecular sheets of carbon (graphene) on which the charges accumulate.

Graphene acids et genocensors 

Hermann and Begonia enjoy a good meal during a craft fair on the main square of Olomouc in the Czech Republic. They worry about the degradation of the quality of food products due to the abuses of the food industry. To reduce costs, the hidden use of mixtures of beef and pork exists. Researchers at the CATRIN Institute in the Czech Republic have developed a nanotechnology-based detector to identify the presence of pork in beef steaks.

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