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Earth Sciences - 03.04.2017
New Indications of Gradual Decline of Dinosaurs before the End of the Cretaceous Period
New Indications of Gradual Decline of Dinosaurs before the End of the Cretaceous Period
According to the latest research results of a German-Mexican team of geoscientists, the gradual decline of the dinosaurs and pterosaurs presumably came before the impact of the Chicxulub asteroid and the global mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period. Studies under the direction of Wolfgang Stinnesbeck of Heidelberg University and Eberhard Frey of the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe also indicate that bird species spread and diversified at the same time the dinosaurs disappeared.

Sport - 03.04.2017
Study on Emergency Operations: Success Depends on Reliable Networks among Agencies
Press release issued jointly by Freie Universität Berlin and TU Kaiserslautern ' 067/2017 from Apr 03, 2017 Numerous slip-ups in connection with the investigation against the terrorist attacker Anis Amri are just one indication that cooperation between authorities is not always smooth. In spite of many findings by federal and state authorities in Germany, Amri was able to move around freely in the country.

Environment - History / Archeology - 31.03.2017
In Search of Connections Between Climatic and Cultural Change
In Search of Connections Between Climatic and Cultural Change
How did environmental and climatic changes early on in human history influence cultures - and what conclusions can be drawn relative to climate change today? These questions are the subject of a three-week expedition aboard the research vessel METEOR that will take an international team of geoscientists and archaeologists, led by researchers from Heidelberg University, into the eastern Mediterranean.

Social Sciences - 31.03.2017
German Research Foundation Supports New Centre for Advanced Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
Investigation of Tension between Ancient Oriental Despotism and Enlightened Democracy ' 066/2017 from Mar 31, 2017 The German Research Foundation (DFG) is setting up one of nationwide only two new Centres for Advanced Study at Freie Universität. It is entitled "Rethinking Oriental Despotism - Strategies of Governance and Modes of Participation in the Ancient Near East" and directed by Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum and Jörg Klinger from the Department of History and Cultural Studies, as the DFG announced on Friday in Bonn.

Life Sciences - Mechanical Engineering - 30.03.2017
Motor Neurons Tell Blood Vessels Where To Go
Motor Neurons Tell Blood Vessels Where To Go
Heidelberg Neuroscientists have identified a critical regulator for blood vessel growth in the developing embryonic spinal cord. The research group under the direction of Dr Carmen Ruiz de Almodóvar of the Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center discovered that special nerve cells known as motor neurons control this process.

History / Archeology - Environment - 30.03.2017
Diets in Prehistoric and Early Nonagrarian Societies Were More Diverse than Previously Thought
German-Canadian-Japanese Team of Researchers Published Findings about Okhotsk Culture in PLOS ONE Science Journal ' 062/2017 from Mar 30, 2017 According to a study conducted by paleontologists and archaeologists, the diets of prehistorical and early historical hunter-gatherer societies were more diverse than previously thought.

Life Sciences - Health - 27.03.2017
Proteomics helps to understand the influence of genetic variations
Proteomics helps to understand the influence of genetic variations
Research news How does type 2 diabetes develop? A team of researchers headed by the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich has come closer to finding an answer to this problem. The team examined the functional effects of exemplary genetic variations relevant for type 2 diabetes.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.03.2017
Vanishing capillaries
Vanishing capillaries
Research news Diabetics have a significantly higher risk of suffering a heart attack. A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now identified one of the causes: Diabetes is associated with the loss of small blood vessels around the heart. This in turn affects the entire cardiac muscle.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.03.2017
"Jumping gene" uncovers genetic networks
Research news Mutations in tumor suppressor genes mean that they can no longer keep tumors from growing. In developing cancer, often several mutations come into play. Using "jumping genes," scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) together with teams from Great Britain and Spain have identified a number of genes that can influence the growth of prostate and breast tumors.

Life Sciences - Environment - 16.03.2017
Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'?
Outwitting climate change with a plant ’dimmer’?
Research news Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of win-ter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it is still too cold in spring, plants adapt their blooming behavior accordingly. Scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered genetic changes for this adaptive behavior.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 15.03.2017
Bernd Bukau Receives ERC Advanced Grant
Bernd Bukau Receives ERC Advanced Grant
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a highly endowed grant - an ERC Advanced Grant for leading researchers in Europe - to Heidelberg molecular biologist Bernd Bukau. The five-year endowment will fund a research project in which the scientists will study the maturation of proteins in cells.

Chemistry - Physics - 14.03.2017
Hexacoordinated Carbon Atom Detected
Scientists from Freie Universität Berlin Demonstrated Existence of Unusual Organic Molecule with a Hexacoordinated Carbon Atom ' 052/2017 from Mar 14, 2017 Scientists from Freie Universität Berlin have isolated an organic molecule whose structure seems to contradict fundamental principles of organic chemistry.

Economics / Business - Career - 09.03.2017
Harnessing ADHD for business success
Harnessing ADHD for business success
Research news The symptoms of ADHD foster important traits associated with entrepreneurship. That conclusion was reached in a study conducted by an international team of economists, who found that entrepreneurs with ADHD embrace new experiences and demonstrate passion and persistence. Their intuitive decision making in situations involving uncertainty was seen by the researchers as a reason for reassessing existing economic models.

Astronomy / Space Science - Physics - 08.03.2017
New Technologies for Astronomical Research
New Technologies for Astronomical Research
Three working groups from Heidelberg, Cologne and Potsdam are involved in a joint project to develop a new technology for astronomical research. The researchers intend to render micro-optic systems used in telecommunications suitable for use in large telescopes. The collaborative project is being supported by the Königstuhl State Observatory of the Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University, the Institute of Physics I of the University of Cologne, and the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 07.03.2017
Progress Towards a Circuit Diagram of the Brain
Progress Towards a Circuit Diagram of the Brain
Precise knowledge of the connections in the brain - the links between all the nerve cells - is a prerequisite for better understanding this most complex of organs. Researchers from Heidelberg University have now developed a new algorithm - a computational procedure - that can extract this connectivity pattern with far greater precision than previously possible from microscopic images of the brain.

Physics - Administration - 07.03.2017
Selim Jochim Receives ERC Consolidator Grant
Selim Jochim Receives ERC Consolidator Grant
Heidelberg researcher Selim Jochim has received a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for excellent young researchers from the European Research Council (ERC). The funds will be used to support a research project in the field of quantum physics. The project's aim is to assemble many-body systems from familiar components and thus simulate the properties of complex quantum systems.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.03.2017
Conflict or coexistence
Conflict or coexistence
Competition within mixed bacterial populations can give rise to complex growth dynamics. LMU researchers are probing the interplay between differential growth rates and stochastic factors in determining the composition of such populations. How do bacteria react to fluctuations in their environment? How do they respond to abiotic stresses or to competition with other microbes' And in mixed populations, what factors determine which of the competing species or strains win out in the end? These questions are not easy to answer, for bacterial communities represent complex and dynamic ecosystems.

Chemistry - Physics - 03.03.2017
Chemists connect three components with new coupling reaction: 'Science' publication: further development of much-used industrial method
Chemists connect three components with new coupling reaction: ‘Science’ publication: further development of much-used industrial method
In the current issue of the "Science" magazine, chemists at Münster University present a new approach which for the first time enables three - and not, as previously, two - chemical components to be "coupled" in one single reaction, without any metals to aid the process. The researchers succeeded in producing not only pharmaceutically relevant compounds containing fluorine, but also various γ-lactones.

Career - Social Sciences - 03.03.2017
Defying the skills shortage with family-friendly HR policies: The Family-Friendly HR Policy Research Centre at Münster University publishes a study on family-friendly measures at Münster University Hospital
The Family-Friendly HR Policy Research Centre at Münster University publishes a study on family-friendly measures at Münster University Hospital Can family-friendly measures undertaken by companies can be innovative and, at the same time, a worthwhile social investment? This is the question asked in a study just published entitled "Balancing career and family with the audit berufundfamilie programme - a case study at Münster University Hospital".

Health - Physics - 01.03.2017
Humans have three times more brown body fat
Humans have three times more brown body fat
Research news Compared to white fat, brown body fat burns through energy at an extraordinary rate. However, until now the proportion of brown fat in humans was thought to be quite small. Now a study conducted by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has shown: The quantity of brown fat in humans is three times greater than previously known.