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How usable is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality and the virtual world are taking over more and more areas of our lives. This means that it is really important that virtual worlds are user-friendly and offer a high usability. Up until now, the only way to check this was to conduct manual tests with volunteers. This can be both time-consuming and cost-intensive. Dr Patrick Harms from the Institute of Computer Science has developed a technology that automatically detects many problems with user-friendliness and usability in the virtual environment. more…


Opposite pathways in forest recovery

Tropical forests are being deforested at an alarming rate to make way for agriculture and pastureland; the good news is that they can regrow naturally when the fields are abandoned. An international research team including participation from the University of Göttingen has found that regenerating wet and dry forests actually show opposite pathways. This implies a fundamental change in our understanding of how tropical forests change over time, with consequences for forest restoration, biodiversity, and ecology. more…


Producing food whilst preserving biodiversity

In nature conservation and agriculture, there are two opposing views of how to combine high biodiversity and sustainable food production: nature conservation should either be integrated into agricultural land, or segregated into protected areas in order to enable maximum yields in the food production areas. Researchers at the University of Göttingen advocate coordinated approaches that combine nature conserva-tion and agricultural production in sustainably managed landscapes. more…


Does using game elements in apps pay off?

Should companies add game elements to their apps? A team of researchers at the University of Göttingen has explored this question in a study published in the Journal of Business Research. Their finding: if features are integrated into apps that enable gameful experiences, customer loyalty can be strengthened. And that can be profitable for companies in turn. In certain cases, however, adding such elements can backfire. more…


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18 Earth-sized exoplanets discovered

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), the University of Göttingen, and the Sonneberg Observatory have discovered 18 Earth-sized planets beyond the solar system. The worlds are so small that previous surveys had overlooked them. One of them is one of the smallest known so far; another one could offer conditions friendly to life. more…

Stickier than expected: Hydrogen binds to graphene in 10 femtoseconds

Graphene is celebrated as an extraordinary material. For electronics, however, graphene still has crucial disadvantages. It cannot be used as a semiconductor, since it has no bandgap. By sticking hydrogen atoms to graphene such a bandgap can be formed. Now researchers from Göttingen and Pasadena (USA) have produced an “atomic scale movie” showing how hydrogen atoms chemically bind to graphene in one of the fastest reactions ever studied. more…

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