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New lecture series on the future of academic information

"Big Data, Little Data, Open Data" is the title of a public lecture to be held on Monday, March 23, 2015, at Göttingen University by Christine L. Borgman, Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The lecture in English commences at 18:00 CET in the Historical Library Building at Papendiek 14. more...

Sulphor feeds “living fossils” in the deep sea

Most life on Earth depends on food produced through photosynthesis by plants or marine plankton. In contrast, animals at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and methane seeps live in symbiosis with sulphur-oxidising bacteria. Dr. Steffen Kiel, palaeontologist from the University of Göttingen, has analysed the fossil record of these ecosystems in the past 150 million years. more...

Success in fighting the AIDS epidemic

To date, the tests in most nationally representative surveys on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have been limited to people younger than 50 or 55 years of age. A group of international researchers has now published a comment in the scientific journal The Lancet HIV that calls for data surveys relating to HIV in developing countries to also include older adults in HIV testing. more...

Living fossils with modern limbs

A team of researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Uppsala investigated the genetic developmental mechanisms in prehistoric onychophorans. They were thus quite surprised, because they hardly found noteworthy differences to the gene regulation of modern-day arthropods and onychophorans. more...

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

(pug) 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. He shares the prize with Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner from the USA. With the award, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honours the biophysicist 's pioneering work in the field of ultra-high resolution fluorescence microscopy. University President Professor Ulrike Beisiegel commends his research findings that are not only outstanding but also highly relevant in the life sciences: more...

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