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Happy, angry or neutral expressions? Eyes react just as fast

Wie unsere Augen und unser Gehirn reagieren, wenn wir emotionsgeladene oder neutrale Gesichter sehen, hat Dr. Louisa Kulke von der Universität Göttingen untersucht. Sie kombinierte dabei Eye-Tracking und Elektroenzephalographie (EEG). Das Ergebnis: Die reflexartigen Augenbewegungen sind unabhängig davon, welchen Ausdruck ein Gesicht zeigt. Alle Gesichter werden gleich schnell angesehen. Die Studie ist in der Fachzeitschrift Neuroscience erschienen.

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Cheap as chips: identifying plant genes to ensure food security

An international team of scientists led by the University of Goettingen has developed a new approach that enables researchers to more efficiently identify the genes that control plant traits. This method will enable plant breeders and scientists to develop more affordable, desirable, and sustainable plant varieties. The application will be most valuable for the fruit, vegetable and grain crops that not only end up on our dinner table, but are also critical for global food security and human nutrition.

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Was early stick insect evolution triggered by birds and mammals?

Stick and leaf insects are a diverse and strikingly bizarre group of insects with a world-wide distribution, which are more common in tropical and subtropical areas. A team of international researchers led by the University of Göttingen has now generated the first phylogenomic tree of these insects.

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"Hot Spots are no solution“

An international team of scientists has criticised the situation in the Aegean Sea and especially in the Greek refugee camp Moria. The researchers of the EU-funded research project "Respond", in which the University of Göttingen is also involved, demand responses from the responsible politicians because of human rights.

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Increased risk of simultaneous droughts in wheat-growing areas

If global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise unabated, the risk of extreme droughts simultaneously affecting central wheat-growing areas could increase three to fourfold by the end of the century. This is the conclusion of an international study involving the University of Göttingen. Even with a significant reduction in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, the scientists estimate the risk will double. The results were published in the journal Science Advances.

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Instant messaging in proteins discovered

Proteins are essential for every living cell and responsible for many fundamental processes. In particular, they are required as bio-catalysts in metabolism and for signalling inside the cell and between cells. Many diseases come about as a result of failures in this communication, and the origins of signalling in proteins have been a source of great scientific debate. Now, for the first time, a team of researchers at the University of Göttingen has actually observed the mobile protons that do this job in each and every living cell, thus providing new insights into the mechanisms.

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