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A playground for evolution

The term “genome” refers to the entirety of the genetic material that is encoded in each individual cell of an organism and contains information that dictates how species-specific morphological structures are formed. Thus far, a duplication of the genome has only been determined for vertebrates. Now, for the first time, an international team of scientists has found that the genomes of spiders and scorpions similarly underwent duplication. more…


A new level of magnetic saturation

An international group of astronomers lead by scientists from the University of Göttingen has detected unexpectedly strong magnetic fields on the surface of a few fast rotating M dwarf stars. For a long time it was thought that the dynamo in these stars saturates with a maximum magnetic field strength of about four kilogauss (kG) if a star rotates faster than a particular rotation rate. The researchers now discovered that some fully convective M dwarfs generate even stronger fields of up to about seven kG. more…


Believed long-lost amber stones with inclusions now rediscovered

Almost 20,000 objects of the Königsberg amber stone collection are being entrusted to and scientifically curated by Göttingen University for Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz. The curator of Göttingen University's Geoscience Museum recently discovered materials at Harvard University that can be assigned to the Königsberg collection. In June 2017, almost 400 valuable pieces were re-united with the collection cu-rated in Göttingen. more…


Increase in cocoa yields through ecological intensification

Cocoa is one of the world's most widely traded commodities. The optimisation of pollination is an essential factor for increasing yields. However, only around five to ten percent of cocoa flowers are pollinated by natural means. As part of his doctoral thesis, Manuel Toledo-Hernández, an agricultural ecologist at the University of Göttingen, analysed studies on the pollination of cocoa plants from the past 70 years. more…


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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hohage appointed Max Planck Fellow

Applied Mathematician Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hohage from the University of Göttingen has been appointed as a Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen. For the next five years, Hohage will collaborate with the institute and other partners on the Göttingen Campus. One of the aims of the collaboration is to refine numerical methods to reconstruct interior properties of the Sun from observations of the Sun’s surface. more…

ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Alec Wodtke

The Göttingen researcher Alec Wodtke has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. The European Research Council (ERC) is funding the chemist's work with around €2.5 million for the next five years. Together with his Dynamics at Surfaces Department at Göttingen University and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry, Wodtke is studying how gaseous atoms and molecules collide with solid surfaces. more…

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