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Magnetic white dwarfs appear younger than they are


An international group of astronomers including a scientist from the University of Göttingen has found an explanation of the long-standing mystery of why magnetic fields are more common among cool white dwarf stars than among young and hotter ones. The results were published in Nature. more...

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Professor Stefan W. Hell


Professor Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen (Germany) has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry. With the award, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honours the biophysicist 's pioneering work in the field of ultra-high resolution fluorescence microscopy. more...

Göttingen University once again second-best German university in world rankings


In its World Rankings 2014/2015, renowned British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) places the University of Göttingen 67th among the Top 200, making it once again the second-best German institution on the list. Compared to the previous year, Göttingen University showed improvement in the categories citations, teaching and international outlook. more...

Grazing animals help create vegetation patterns

Grazing cattle have an enormous impact on grassland biodiversity. Scientists from Göttingen University have verified this in a long-term experiment on old permanent pastures. The grassland in Central Europe plays a key role in creating biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. However, this diversity still faces continuing and major threats due to the intensification of agricultural utilisation. more...